John 16:1 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
CHURCH-DISCIPLES WARNED OF PERSECUTION V. 1-6
1) "These things have I spoken unto you," (tauta lelaleka humin) "I have spoken these things directly and personally to you all," as my called and chosen New Covenant house, body, church, or people, Mar 13:34-35; 1Ti 3:15; Eph 1:22; Eph 2:19-22; Heb 3:1-6. I have warned you of coming persecution and told you of the help you will have from me, and my Father, and the Comforter,
2) "That ye should not be offended." (hina me skandalisthete) "In order that you all may not stumble or be offended," in me or the work I have chosen you to do, Joh 15:16; Joh 15:27. Jesus sought to prepare His followers to be prepared to meet trouble, disappointments, and difficulties, without being so shocked that they would turn back, be discouraged, faint, or cease in their work and witnessing for Him, Heb 13:5. Both Peter and Paul also desired to prepare their followers of Him in a like manner later, 1Co 10:13; 1Co 15:58; Gal 6:9; Heb 12:1-2; 1Pe 4:12-14.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
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