John 16:17 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "Then said some of his disciples among themselves," (eipan oun ek ton metheton autou pros allelous) "Then some of his disciples said to one another," with uncertainty, inquiring in a state of wonder, one of another, just what He had really said or meant by what He had said.
2) "What is this that he saith unto us," (ti estin touto ho legei hemin) "What is the essence or real meaning (of) this which he tells us," of His going away from and coming again to us and His going to the Father. They were benumbed and "dull of understanding," or grasping just what He was disclosing to them, Luk 24:25-27; Luk 24:44-45.
3) "A little while, and ye shall not see me:" (mikron kai theoreite me) "A little while (time) and you all will not see me," for my death and burial is very soon; for the shepherd had to be smitten and the flock scattered, Zec 13:7; Mat 26:31-32.
4) "And again, a little while, and ye shall see me:" (kai palin mikron opsesthe me) "And again, a little while and you will all see me:" They simply did not either understand or believe what He said is evident because of their later actions and talk, Mar 16:11-14.
5) "And because I go to the Father?" (kai hoti hupago pros ton patera) "And because I am going to the Father, what does He mean?" He did go back to the Father and send the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, the Trinity, to be a guide to the church and a helper of every true disciple, forever, Joh 14:16-17; Luk 24:49; Act 1:8; Act 2:4. And He is coming again for His own in a "little while," Heb 10:36-37. He went away with outstretched hands, blessing His own, Luk 24:50-51; and Blessed Assurance, Blessed Hope, He is coming "as He went away," Act 1:10-11; Tit 2:13.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
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