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.


-On the narrow road-


Is it possible that followers of Christ will never face persecution?  Is it possible that things will just remain quiet and calm, for all?  It actually is not quiet and calm for followers of Christ, and we have been told that it would not be so.  In the United States, our level of peacefulness is directly related to the order kept in check by government in general, together with the principles that our nation is founded upon.  We only have ‘lasting’ peace because it has been in the best interest of all.  While this system that we use here works, it is as susceptible to corruption and upset as any system.  Pray that the peace of God remain in this land, by remaining in the hearts of men and women.