The veil of the temple was still stretched out, the majesty of God was concealed under the shadow of the cherubim, the true High Priest had not yet entered into the heavenly sanctuary to intercede for his people, and held not yet consecrated the way by his blood. Ask - Now they had the assurance that they might approach God in his name; and, amid all their trials, they, as well as all Christians since, might draw near to God, knowing that he would hear and answer their prayers. It is with this view that he has enjoined prayer as a duty; because, when performed aright, it is the means of filling the soul with the suhlimest joy. "Commentary on John 16:24". Very literally, may be having been fulfilled. Go to. Note on John 15:11.). them, who could dispense it to them according to their instant necessities; but for the BibliographyTrapp, John. for example, ch. 1. Here, as frequently elsewhere (comp. This teaches us that it is a wicked profanation of the name of God, when any one, leaving Christ out of view, ventures to present himself before the judgment-seat of God. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. The Consecration Of Spiritual Energy (part 2) or for others [Note: Exodus 32:11-14. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/shh/john-16.html. 24.] In their need they had turned to Him, as He turned to the Father. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". of the Father in his name, he would grant them whatsoever they should need; and that the answers which they should receive to their prayers would abundantly overbalance the loss of their present privileges, and fill them with unutterable joy. ].” There is no room therefore left for us to speculate upon the use of prayer: it is quite sufficient that God has required it as means to an end: and if we will not comply with his injunctions respecting it, it is utterly in vain for us to expect his blessings. But we ought to attend to the frequent repetition of this clause, that we must pray in the name of Christ. ], yet he has appointed prayer as the means of obtaining his blessings. If they had prayed to God, it is probable that they had not done it in his name This great truth that we must approach God in the name of the Mediator was reserved for the last that the Saviour was to communicate to them. All rights reserved. There is also here the mention of their joy being made full, and that hardly fits in with the idea of a reprimand. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. The Jews, when unable, by reason of their captivity, to offer their accustomed sacrifices, were to look towards the temple, which was a type of our incarnate God [Note: 1 Kings 8:47-48. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us" (1 John … It was impossible, up to the time of the glorification of Jesus ( ἕως ἄρτι, proleptical, as before), to pray to the Father in His Name. And to that same Jesus must we look, trusting in him as “our Advocate with the Father, and as the propitiation for our sins [Note: 1 John 2:1-2. The verb in the Greek text is a present imperative (aiteite, from aiteo). All the prayers of believers under the Old Testament were accepted upon the account of the Mediator, who was typified by the temple, and the ark, where their solemn worship was performed by Divine appointment; but the explicit naming of him was not usual in their requests. DD. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 16:24". So that the new footing on which they would find themselves with Jesus-no longer beside them to be consulted in every difficulty, but with them, notwithstanding, as an all-prevalent Medium of communication with the Father-would be vastly preferable to the old. ἐρωτήσετε.] Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-16.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-16.html. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". ], and to a most incredible extent [Note: James 5:17-18. Abel was heard on account of his sacrifice [Note: Hebrews 11:4.]. 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