John

Warnings, information, help, protection

John 16;1

The connotation of the word ‘stumble’ has the idea of setting a trap.  The hatred of the world was such that it would seek to trap and destroy the disciples in an effort to prevent their witness to Jesus as Messiah and Son of God.  Jesus did not want them to be caught unaware (John 16:4).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 16:1.

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The Source of Truth

John 14;17

The Spirit of Christ is the Third Person of the Trinity.  He is the Spirit of truth in that He is the source of truth and communicates the truth to His own.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 14:16 and 14:17.

Can You hear me now?

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Apart from John 9:31, also see:  Job 27:9 and 35:12; Psalm 18:41; Proverbs 1:28, 15:29, and 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 11:11 and 14:12; Ezekiel 8:18; Micah 3:4; Zechariah 7:13; and James 5:16.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, references for John 9:31.

What is in man

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Prior verses, 23 and 24, subtly reveal the true nature of belief from a biblical standpoint.  Because of what observers knew of Jesus from His miraculous signs, many came to believe in Him.  However, Jesus made it His habit not to wholeheartedly “entrust” or “commit” Himself to them because He knew their hearts.  Verse 24 indicates that Jesus looked for genuine conversion rather than enthusiasm for the spectacular.  “Belief into His name” involves much more than intellectual assent.  It calls for whole-hearted commitment of one’s life to Jesus.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 2:23,24.