The Gospel of John Chapter 16 is the third of four chapters where Jesus teaches his disciples after the Last Supper. Jesus tells the Apostles they will be persecuted, but they will see Him again! He states that He has already conquered the world and they will have their sorrow turned to joy.
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The Gospel of John Chapter 16 (King James Version)
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
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1. At the start of the Gospel of John Chapter 16 Jesus says “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.” Jesus was probably referring to everything he told them after Judas Iscariot left.
List three things, from the Gospel of John Chapters 13, 14 and 15 (one from each) that Jesus told them that might have helped them to not be offended.
2. Who was put out of the synagogue and who was afraid to be put out of the synagogue earlier in the Gospel of John?
3. Why does the Holy Spirit will convict the world?
1. In your own words, explain righteousness.
2. How are sin, righteousness, and judgment related?
3. From verses 13 and 14 of the Gospel of John Chapter 16, list three things Jesus tells the disciples about the Holy Spirit.
1. From reading verses 16 through 18 of the Gospel of John Chapter 16, what were the 2 things about which the disciples were confused regarding Jesus’ sayings? What was it that Jesus said that confused them?
2. From the Gospel of John Chapter 16, verses 22 through 28, cite three prophecies provided by Jesus.
3. What is another name for a figure of speech and what are some examples of their use by Jesus in the Gospel of John?
1. Why do you think Jesus spoke to the disciples using figures of speech?
2. What are the two reasons Jesus gives for The Father’s love for the disciples?
3. What period of time do you think Jesus is referring to when he uses the term “in that day” in verses 23 and 26 of the Gospel of John Chapter 16?
1. What was it specifically that Jesus did that made the disciples believe that Jesus came from God?
2. Jesus states in the Gospel of John Chapter 16, verse 32 that The Father is with him and he is not alone. Where else in the Book of John did Jesus say this same thing and what were the circumstances?
3. List 3 reasons Jesus gave in the Gospel of John Chapter 16 for the things he told his disciples? What reason did he give for not telling them more than he did?
How have you suffered as a result of your faith as a Christian?
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NLT
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