John 16


John 16:9

concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;

(a) Concerning sin. Some imagine that the Holy Spirit is a kind of heavenly policeman convicting us of our sins. The Holy Spirit never does that. Adam didn’t need God’s help in recognizing his sin and neither do we. Any guilt you have over wrongdoing comes from a condemning source such as your conscience and not the one called Comforter.

(b) Because they do not believe in Me. The Holy Spirit wants you to trust in Jesus. He wants you to see Jesus’ sacrifice as the once-for-all remedy for your sin and guilt.


John 16:10

and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;

(a) Concerning righteousness. The Holy Spirit will always seek to convince the believer that you are righteous in Christ. You are not righteous because of your good works or moral excellence. You are righteous because of what Jesus has done. “By his one act of righteous many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:18). The moment you were put into the Righteous One by the Holy Spirit, you became as righteous as he is (2 Cor. 5:21).

(b) The Father; see entry for John 4:21.


John 16:26

“In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;

(a) The Father; see entry for John 4:21.

(b) You will ask. The God Jesus revealed is a listening and responsive Father (Matt. 6:8, 7:11, 18:19, Luke 11:13, John 15:16, 16:23). He hears your prayers and knows your needs even before you ask him (Matt 6:8).


John 16:27

for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.

The Father Himself loves you. The original word for loves is the verb phileo which means fondness or affection. It’s the same word that describes the affection God has for his Son in John 5:20. The God that Jesus revealed is a loving Father (John 10:17, 14:21, 23, 15:9, 17:23, 26), who loves us as much as he loves his Son (John 17:23).


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