by Stephen Charnock
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believed not on me.—JOHN 16:8, 9.
OUR Saviour in this chapter shows what was the intention of his discourse in the former, which was, first, to forewarn his disciples of, and forearm them against, the violence they should meet with in the world after his departure from them, in the chapter foregoing, ver. 20; which violence should be the hotter against them, because it would be thought an acceptable service unto God to assault them with the sharpest persecutions. He therefore wisheth them to remember what he had said, in the fourth verse of this chapter: 'But these things I have told you, that when the time shall come, you may remember that I told you of them.' He knew the jealousies of men's hearts, how apt upon every occasion they are to make unjust reflections. Therefore, saith he, consider it well, and do not have hard thoughts of me, when you come to feel these sufferings I now speak of. I tell you before of them, that you may have no cause to blame me, as one that dealt falsely with you in concealing the sting, while I present you with the honey. No; I acquaint you with the worst as well as the best part, the bitterest as well as the sweetest. Then, secondly, he supports his drooping disciples, who began to faint at the thoughts of his departure, John 15:26; and also in this chapter, which he doth by the promise of a Comforter to be sent unto them.
Table of Contents
A DISCOURSE OF CONVICTION OF SIN
---- I. He was to convince of sin.
---- II. The Spirit was to convince of righteousness.
---- III. The Spirit was to convince of judgment.
---- IV. The fourth thing; what sins, or what in sin the Spirit doth chiefly convince of!
---- V. The fifth thing is, What the difference is between the convictions of the Spirit by this or that instrument, by nature, law, and gospel.
---- VI. The application.
A DISCOURSE OF UNBELIEF, PROVING IT IS THE GREATEST SIN
A DISCOURSE OF THE MISERY OF UNBELIEVERS
A DISCOURSE SHEWING WHO ARE UNBELIEVERS