The Gospel According to John

Chapter 16


Jesus Warns the Disciples of persecution
1 "I have told you these things so that you will not be taken unawares. 2 For they will put you out of the synagogue. Indeed, the time will come when anyone who kills you will suppose that he is serving God. 3 All this they will do to you because they know neither the Father nor Me.

4 "I have told you these things so that when the time comes you may remember that I forewarned you. I did not, however, tell you this at first, because I was still with you. 5 But now I am going to Him who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me where I am going.

The Three-fold Work of the Holy Spirit
6 "Your hearts are full of sorrow because I have told you these things. 7 I assure you that it is for your good that I go away. For if I do not go, the Comforter will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He comes, He will convince the world as to sin, righteousness, and judgment. 9 As to sin, because they do not believe on Me. 10 As to righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see Me no more. 11 As to judgment, because the. prince of the world has been convicted.

New Truth to Be Revealed by the Holy Spirit
12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you are not strong enough to hear them now. 13 But when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will speak, not from Himself, but as He is told, and He will make known to you the things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and reveal it to you. 15 Whatever the Father has is Mine. Therefore I said,'He will take of what is Mine and reveal it to you.'

Jesus Again Foretells His Death
16 "In a little while you will not see Me, and then in a little while you will see Me again." 17 Then some of His disciples said to one another, "What can He mean when He says, 'In a little while you will not see Me, and then in a little while you will see Me again,' and, 'I go to the Father'? 18 So they said, "What is this that He says, 'In a little while'? We do not understand what He means."

19 Jesus knew what they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them, "Are you discussing among yourselves why I said, 'In a little while you will not see Me, and then in a little while you will see Me once more'? 20 I tell you most truly that you will weep and wail, while the world will make merry. Yes, you will have sorrow, but your sorrow will turn into gladness. 21 A woman has sorrow when she is to have a child. But after the child is born she no longer remembers her pain, because of her joy that a child has come into the world. 22 So, indeed, you do have grief now, but I shall see you again, and then your hearts will be glad, and no one will take your joy from you.

The Power of prayer
23 "On that day you will not ask Me anything. I tell you, surely, if you ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My name. 24 So far you have not asked for anything in My name. But ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

25 "I have told these things in figurative speech. The time is coming when I shall no longer use figures of speech, but shall talk about My Father in plain words. 26 On that day you will ask in My name, and I shall not have to ask the Father in your behalf, 27 for the Father loves you because you love Me and believe that I came from God.

Jesus Speaks of His Coming Departure
28 "I went out from the Father and came into the world. I am going to leave the world again and go back to the Father."

29 "Now You are talking plainly," said His disciples to Him, "and not in figurative language. 30 Now We are sure that You have knowledge of everything and that You do not need anyone to ask You questions. Therefore, we believe that You came from God."

31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32 The hour is coming - in fact, it is already here - when you will be scattered to the winds, every man for himself, and I shall be left alone. And yet I am not alone, for the Father is with Me. 33 I have told you this so that you may have peace in Me. In the world you have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!"


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