W Z1 B1 1. Comfort. Coming again. C1 2-7. Return to the Father. Purpose. A1 D
8-11. Question and Answer. Manifestation. E1 12-17. Communications. Z2 B2 18. Comfort. Coming again. C2 19-21. Return to the Father. Promise. A2 D2 22-24. Question and Answer. Manifestation. E2 25-27-. Communications. Z3 B3 -27,28-. Comfort. Coming again. C3 -28-31. Return to the Father.
1 Let not your heart be troubled (the whole being is meant): believe in God, and believe in Me.
2 In My Father's house are many mansions (= abiding places. Places of rest, peace of mind, comforter.): if not, would I have told you
that I go to prepare a place for you? ("Mansions" doesn't mean a big luxurious house. The word in the Greek language is "mone" (mon-ay'). It i an abode that you can reside in, today. It is a place where you can find rest and peace of mind, now. If you abide in Him, there is no reason for our heart to be troubled, which means to worry about anything.)
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, again I am coming, and receive you to Myself; in order that where I am, there you may also be. (see 6:46. Some people have trouble understanding this verse. Jesus is promising that His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, will abide in us, if we will receive Him. You know He abides in you when you feel the warmth as He touches your heart. He is called the comforter, because He comforts you.)
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know." (He taught you)
5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we know not where You go; and how can we know the way?" (He wasn't listening. It is good we have a doubting Thomas. Today, many of God's children are doubters. Thomas should have known Jesus is the only way to salvation.)
6 Jesus said to him, I am the way (course of life, path, journey), and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father, if not through Me. (This verse may offend some, but this is just the way it is. You can't have the Father without the Son.)
7 If you had known Me, you should have known My Father also: and from now you know Him, and have seen Him. (How could this be? They were looking at Immanuel. Immanuel means "God with us".)
8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it will suffice us."
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet have You not known Me, Philip? (Philip, one of the 1st called. See 1:43) he that has seen Me has seen the Father (exact image); and how do you say then, 'Show us the Father?' (This isn't difficult to understand. It is really quite simple. God was born in the flesh as Jesus Christ. The name "Jesus" in the Hebrew language means "God's salvation". He came in the flesh to defeat death (Heb. 2:14).)
10 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak, I speak not from Myself: but the Father that abides in Me does His works. (The word "dwelleth" is "meno" (men'-o) in the Greek language. It is a form of the previous Greek word "mone". It means abide. It is a very special feeling when the Holy Spirit abides in you. He warms your heart.)
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me on account of the works themselves sake. (If they didn't believe His words, they should have believed the miracles He performed. The blind received their sight. The lame walked. The dead came to life.)
12 Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believes on Me, the works that I do shall He do also; and greater works than these shall He do; because I go to My Father. (Not only more remarkable miracles [Acts 5:15; 19:12] by the men who were endued with power from on high [pneuma hagion Holy Spirit], but a more extended and successful ministry. The Lord rarely went beyond the borders of Palestine. He forbade the 12 to go save the lost sheep of the house of Israel [Matt. 10:5,6]; after Pentecost they went "everywhere" [acts 8:4], and Paul could say "your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world" [Rom. 1:8].)
13 And whatsoever you shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (If you need bricks to build a ministry for Jesus Christ, ask for them. God will provide the bricks, if you are willing to do the work.)
14 If you shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it. (According to God's will, not yours! Ask something to build upon His works and Word)
15 If you love Me, keep My commandments. (Be familiar with His Word, instructions)
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, (Gr. parakletos, rendered "Advocate" in 1 John 2:1. Both mean one called to the aide of another for help or counsel. So we have the Holy Spirit as here, and another with the Father. The Rabbinical writings often refer to the Messiah under the title Comforter, and speak of His days of consolation.) that He may abide with you for ever; (Here we have our word "abide", again. The Comforter provides a resting place where you can abide with Him. You don't have to wait for heaven. You can rest in Him, now.)
17 Even the Spirit of the truth (the Word); whom the world is not able to receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know him; for He dwells beside you, and shall be in you. (Power from on high is at your disposal, because the Holy Spirit dwells within you.)
18 I will not leave you orphans: I am coming to you. (In the Spirit.)
19 Yet a little while (about 30 hrs. From the moment the Lord was taken down from the cross and entombed, He disappeared from the eyes of the world. Acts 10:40,41), and the world sees Me no more; but you see Me: because I live, you also shall live. (The Holy Spirit is able to comfort you, now.)
20 In that day (Referring primarily to the 40 days after His resurrection, but this well-known Hebrew term describes the day of the Lord , in contradiction to present day man [1 Cor. 4:3]) you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (Fulfilled primarily at Pentecost, but looking on to the time when He will be among His people, as Yahaveh-Shammah. See Ezek. 43:7; 48:22. Zeph. 3:15-17.)
21 He that has My commandments, and keeps them (condition), he it is that loves Me: and he that loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." (In the spirit, defacto, reality. Do the best you can to keep His commandments, and the Lord will love you.)
22 Judas (brother or son of James [Luke 6:16, R.V.]. 5 others of this name. This is the only mention of this Judas) said to Him, not Iscariot, "Lord, how comes it to pass that You are about to manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?" (He's not thinking spiritually, he can't see it)
23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If any one love Me, he will keep My word (Gr. logos, i.e. the commandments of vv. 15,21): and My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode with Him. (You do not have to wait. Where the Father and Son is, so is the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit dwells with you, the Father and the Son dwell with you, as well. Wherever Jesus and Father are, the Holy Spirit is there also. Rest and abide with Them.)
24 He that loves me not keeps not My words: and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me.
25 These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. (The office of Jesus Christ. Jesus is preparing the apostles for His ascension. Notice the simplicity with which Christ taught.)
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, that One shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you. (It didn't say He was going to teach you a new thing or something different. When was it planted there? When God created your soul. Rest and abide in the Holy Spirit. He is able to teach you all things. Don't ever forget this fact.)
27 Peace I leave to you, My peace I give to you (peace of mind. The Prince of peace [Isa. 9:6] alone can give true peace): not as the world gives, give I to you. (The world talks of peace, and we have Peace Societies, and Temples of Peace, while the nations are arming to the teeth. The world slew Him Who came to bring peace, and now talks of creating a "Wold Peace" without the Prince of Peace, in ignorance of Ps. 2:4. Prov. 1:25-27. 1 Thess. 5:3. True peace of mind only comes from the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.)
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it show cowardice. (You have nothing to worry about.)
28 You heard how I said to you, I go away, and am coming to you.
If you loved Me, you would rejoice, because, I go to the Father: for My Father is greater than I. (The Lord was not inferior as to His essential being, but as to His office, as sent by His Father. See 1 Cor. 15:27. Phil. 2:9-12. Jesus did ascend, but He did not leave us comfortless. Rest and abide in His Spirit.)
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, you might believe. (Prophecy, Resurrection)
30 No longer will I talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes (see 12:31), and has nothing in Me. (No sin for satan to work on. Nothing in common with satan.)
31 But in order that the world may know that I love the Father; and even as the Father charged Me, even so I am doing (Doctrine, disciplined education). Arise (implying haste), let us go from here.