Key Verse | John 16:33

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

Scripture | John 16


I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

16 A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

I Have Overcome the World

25 I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 1 16:27 Some manuscripts from the Father 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Footnotes

[1] 16:27 Some manuscripts from the Father

Not If, But When



Devo | John 16

We will have trouble in this world.

There is no getting around the fact that Jesus' disciples—first century and 21st century alike—will have trouble in this world (John 15:18-22, 16:2, 16:33). Indeed, the...

We will have trouble in this world.

There is no getting around the fact that Jesus' disciples—first century and 21st century alike—will have trouble in this world (John 15:18-22, 16:2, 16:33). Indeed, the follower of Christ who, from time to time, does not experience the scorn of culture for Christ's sake, would do well to question whether he or she is, in fact, living as an ambassador for Christ (2 Timothy 3:12; Ephesians 6:20; James 4:4).

Do you have healthy expectations? 

These troubles, nonetheless, taken as Christ directed us, give occasion to experience their blessedness (though they momentarily may not feel like a blessing) and ultimately glorify God (Matthew 5:10; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Romans 8:18; 1 Peter 5:10).

In our affluent society, it is easy to expect ease and comfort. With this incorrect expectation in mind, I am, like my first-century pre-resurrection brethren, at times, surprised by troubles that are attendant to life in a broken world—illness, job loss, broken relationships, and, finally, death. How then should we keep from being surprised? What provision did our Savior leave us to keep us from being caught off guard? How can we experience peace in trials?

Navigating trouble:

God has preserved and given us His Word for our daily edification and sanctification (2 Timothy 3:16-17). At salvation, God gives each of us the Holy Spirit, who brings God's Word to mind and convinces us of its veracity (John 14:16-17, 16:13). Jesus has promised us that if we ask anything according to God's will—i.e., His revealed will in Scripture—our prayers will be answered (John 16:23; 1 John 5:14-15). 

We've also been given the gift of a community of believers—the members of the body of Christ, and Jesus' intent for us is that we would encourage each other in His Word as we await His return, and even more so in the midst of various trials (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Today, are you experiencing the peace that is there to be had? 

Discussion Questions

1. What determines your expectations—of ease or trial—for your brief time this side of eternity? Is it God's Word or the world?

2. How much of your worldview is shaped by Scripture? In what areas of your life do you take your cues from culture, including celebrities, politicians, and political commentators?

3. Do you spend time meditating on Scripture and memorizing it so that it is there, written on your heart, for the Holy Spirit to bring to mind? Why or why not?

4. What disciplines do you have in place to help ensure that your prayers are according to God's will and not merely an exercise in self-indulgence?

5. Do you counsel, encourage, and admonish other Christians according to Scripture? Do you invite other Christians to likewise counsel, encourage, and admonish you?

Meet Sam Fubara

Morning, y'all! 

Sam here. Husband to Christiana and father to Hadassah and Aletheia. Though raised in Nigeria, in addition to God’s many graces to me, I am now also a Texan. I came to know Christ in a saving way in October 2014. That fall, through a couple of men who loved God; and, consequently, loved the lost one I was, God made my sin and His love clear to me. I responded with surrender—the sweetest surrender—to the God who is there, who loved me and sent His Son to die for me. You can hear more of my story on today's episode of the Join The Journey podcast!

5 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 8 days ago

GM Sam!

Love this! “God made my sin and His love clear to me. I responded with surrender-”

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How much ease and comfort am I entitled to?

None. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

I’m promised the opposite.

This is a key issue/struggle for both Amy, (Proverbs 31), and me.

I have known, (head knowledge), the gospel for many years. Even so, I expected that if I worked hard and played by the rules as best as I could that I would have a life that was comfortable and pretty easy.

So you can imagine what it was like when I found myself in prodigal crazy town. And I mean crazy.

I was mad!! Why was this happening?

I hated hassles. I’d do anything to avoid them.

Among the first verses I heard at Prodigal was John 16:33. I understood it but internally I pushed back.

Hugh Stephenson 8 days ago

Having read John a few times I was focused on the trees not the forest.

What I missed was the abundance of huge promises in this chapter, including the negative ones.

The promise of the Holy Spirit-

“I will send him to you.” “…he will convict the world”, (including me). “‘…the ruler of this world is judged”. “…he will guide you into all truth” “…whatever he hears he will speak…” “…he will declare to you the things that are to come.” “He will glorify me…” “…he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

“There can be no conversion without conviction, and there can be no conviction apart from the Spirit of God using the Word of God and the witness of the child of God.” TC

Hugh Stephenson 8 days ago

Others-

“…you will weep and lament” “…your sorrow will turn to joy.” “…your hearts will rejoice…” “…no one will take your joy from you.” “…whatever you ask of the father in my name, he will give it to you.” “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” “…you will be scattered…”

John 16:33

I can be “in Christ” or “In the world”.

https://www.gotquestions.org/paraclete-Holy-Spirit.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-peace.html

From TC’s notes- John 16:33 On peace, see note on 14:27. In the midst of the suffering and hardship that was to come, Jesus’ disciples, and all following them, can have such “peace” in fellowship with Christ. Fittingly, Jesus’ Farewell Discourse (13:31–16:33) ends on a note of triumph (cf. 1 John 2:13–14; 4:4; 5:4–5).

Sue Bohlin 8 days ago

Excellent devo, Sam, thank you!

I love Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit of Truth, who would lead us into all truth. This promise has become much more real to me as I have walked through discipleship with several dear ones whom the Holy Spirit led out of darkness, out of lies, and out of deception into the truth. I love how gentle He is (most of the time), tenderly escorting people out of denial and spiritual darkness into the light of truth, giving us time to adjust. Because going from dark to light is a shock! But it’s a glorious shock.

This promise keeps getting more wonderful as our culture keeps denying truth, and promoting and elevating lies and delusions. Just yesterday I was able to counsel someone to pray this over her delusion-embracing daughter. The Holy Spirit loves us and loves to lead us into all truth!

Michael Scaman 2 days ago

A believer can go directly to the Father. While Jesus does intercede for them, they may go directly to God with the priesthood of believers.

“In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

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