All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

JOHN 16:15

God wants to communicate with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills and our emotions. The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion!

The intercourse between God and the soul is known to us in conscious personal awareness. It is personal: that is, it does not come through the body of believers, as such, but is known to the individual, and to the body through the individuals which compose it. And it is conscious: that is, it does not stay below the threshold of consciousness and work there unknown to the soul.

You and I are in little (our sins excepted) what God is in large. Being made in His image we have within us the capacity to know Him. The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the kingdom of God!

It is, however, not an end but an inception. That is where we begin, but where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end![1]

15 Jesus declares that all that the Father has belongs to him as well (cf. 17:10). The point is not to prove that Jesus is coequal with the Father but to assert that the revelatory work of the Spirit will not be hampered by less-than-complete access to the source of all truth. Whatever knowledge is appropriate for us to know will be made clear by the Spirit.[2]

16:15 All the attributes of the Father belong to the Son as well. It is these perfections that Christ was speaking of in verse 14. The Spirit unveiled to the apostles the glorious perfections, ministries, offices, graces, and fullness of the Lord Jesus.[3]

16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine All of creation came to be through God’s Son, so everything in it belongs to Him (1:1–3). Jesus is also likely suggesting that God’s heavenly abode belongs to Him since He and the Father are one (14:2, 11; 17:11).

proclaim it to you God’s work in the world will become the work of believers. They will be empowered to show people why they should believe and perform signs like Jesus (see note on 14:11).[4]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 589). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1554). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Jn 16:15). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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