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John 14:26

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.


Adam Clarke Commentary

He shall teach you all things - If in the things which I have already spoken to you, there appear to you any obscurity, the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, Counsellor, and Instructer, will take away all your doubts, free you from all embarrassment, and give you a perfect understanding in all things: and this Spirit ye shall shortly receive.

And bring all things to your remembrance - Here Christ promises them that inspiration of the Holy Spirit which enabled them not only to give a true history of his life and death, but also gave them the most perfect recollection of all the words which he had spoken to them, so that they have been able to transmit to posterity the identical words which Jesus uttered in his sermons, and in his different discourses with them, the Jews, and others.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on John 14:26". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-14.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Will send in my name - On my account. To perfect my work. To execute it as I would in applying it to the hearts of men. See John 14:13.

Shall teach you all things - All things which it was needful for them to understand in the apostolic office, and particularly those things which they were not prepared then to hear or could not then understand. See John 16:12. Compare the notes at Matthew 10:19-20. This was a full promise that they would be inspired, and that in organizing the church, and in recording the truths necessary for its edification, they would be under the infallible guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Bring all things to your remembrance - This probably refers to two things:

1. He would seasonably remind them of the sayings of Jesus, which they might otherwise have forgotten. In the organization of the church, and in composing the sacred history, he would preside over their memories, and recall such truths and doctrines as were necessary either for their comfort or the edification of his people. Amid the multitude of things which Jesus spake during a ministry of more than three years, it was to be expected that many things which he had uttered, that would be important for the edification of the church, would be forgotten. We see, hence, the nature of their inspiration. The Holy Spirit made use of their memories, and doubtless of all their natural faculties. He so presided over their memories as to recall what they had forgotten, and then it was recorded as a thing which they distinctly remembered, in the same way as we remember a thing which would have been forgotten had not some friend recalled it to our recollection.

2. The Holy Spirit would teach them the meaning of those things which the Saviour had spoken. Thus they did not understand that he ought to be put to death until after his resurrection, though he had repeatedly told them of it, Luke 24:21, Luke 24:25-26. So they did not until then understand that the gospel was to be preached to the Gentiles, though this was also declared before. Compare Matthew 4:15-16; Matthew 12:21, with Acts 10:44-48.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on John 14:26". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-14.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said unto you.

Teaching the apostles all things and bringing to their remembrance all that Jesus taught are parallel. Christ's message to men was perfect and complete; and the function of the Holy Spirit even in the apostles, was not that of continuing an incomplete revelation but of aiding their remembrance of the complete revelation already delivered. This promise of guiding into "all truth" pertained only to the apostles. Jesus never promised that the Holy Spirit would guide the Christians of all ages into the truth, except in the limited context of this original promise, ENABLING them to REMEMBER what Jesus taught; and this is still the work of the Spirit.

The Spirit of God enabled the memory of the apostles to deliver to humanity THE THINGS JESUS SAID, those being the things they HEARD him say. The notion that the Spirit guides men in spiritual things in any manner of contradicting or going beyond the Scriptures is wrong. The apostles themselves taught Christians "not to go beyond the things which are written" (1 Corinthians 4:6). This truth needs emphasis today. As Lipscomb said:

The ground of our certainty of the word of God is that the Spirit guided into the truth stated. All departure from the word of God concerning entrance into the church and into Christ comes from the idea that the Spirit teaches men outside the word of God ... TO give up the word of God as the only direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit is to give loose rein to dreams, imaginations, reasonings, and philosophies of men.[18]

Concerning the theory that the Spirit speaks "of himself" and apart from the word of God, see under John 16:13.

All things that I have said unto you ... What Jesus taught is the one true foundation of Christianity. Other passages bearing on this are: "these sayings of mine" (Matthew 7:24-26), "first spoken by the Lord" (Hebrews 2:3), and "whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:20). See my Commentary on Matthew, en loco.

ENDNOTE:

[18] David Lipscomb, A Commentary on the Gospel of John (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1960), p. 232.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 14:26". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-14.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,.... Before spoken of, John 14:16, for whom Christ promised to pray the Father that he might be given to them. The word used there, as here, signifies an "advocate", and is so rendered, 1 John 2:1, a patron, one that pleads and defends, the cause of another, before kings and princes; so the Jewish writersF26Maimon. & Bartenora in Pirke Abot, c. 4. sect. 11. use the word פרקליט, the same with παρακλητος, here, and give this as the sense of it: and which agrees well enough with the work and office of the Spirit of God, who has promised to the apostles to speak in them and for them, when they should be brought before kings and governors for Christ's sake; and would so thoroughly plead his cause and theirs, as to convince the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; and who acts the part of an intercessor, or advocate, for private believers, in prayer to the King of kings: but inasmuch as it also signifies a "comforter", and this being agreeably to the present condition of the apostles, as before observed; it may be most proper to retain that sense of it here, who is explained to be the Holy Ghost; which is a more clear and explicit account of him than before, and very distinctly points out the third person in the Trinity, who is in his nature holy, equally with the Father and Son, and the author of holiness in all the saints:

whom the Father will send in my name. The mission of the Spirit is here ascribed to the Father, but not to the exclusion of the Son, who is also said to send him, John 15:26, which was not so proper to be mentioned here, because he speaks of his being sent, "in his name"; that is, at his request, through his mediation and intercession, in his room and stead, acting, the same part, and bearing the same flame of an advocate or comforter, and for the glory and honour of his name: which act of sending does not suppose any local motion, which cannot agree with an infinite and immense spirit; nor inferiority in him to the other two persons, since he who is sent by Christ, and in his name, is also the sender of Christ; but it denotes the joint consent and agreement of Father, Son, and Spirit, in this affair:

he shall teach you all things: this is the proper work and business of the Spirit, to teach, interpret, and explain all things which Christ had said to them; to make them more plain and easy to their understandings; to instruct them in all things necessary to salvation, and to be known by them, that they might teach them others:

and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you; which through inattention, or want of understanding in them, had slipped their minds, and were forgotten by them. This accounts for it, how the evangelists some years after the death of Christ; at different times and places, and without consulting each other, could commit to writing the life, actions, sayings, and sermons of Christ, with all the minute circumstances attending them.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 14:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-14.html. 1999.

John Lightfoot's Commentary on the Gospels

26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

[He shall teach you all things.] So chapter 16:13: "He shall lead you into all truth." Here it might be very fitly inquired, whether any ever, besides the apostles themselves, were "taught all things," or "led into all truth." It is no question but that every believer is led into all truth necessary for himself and his own happiness; but it was the apostles' lot only to be led into all truth necessary both for themselves and the whole church.


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Lightfoot, John. "Commentary on John 14:26". "John Lightfoot Commentary on the Gospels". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jlc/john-14.html. 1675.

People's New Testament

The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost. More correctly, Holy Spirit.

He shall teach you all things. A special promise to the apostles, which fitted them to preach the Gospel authoritatively and leave behind them the records of the New Testament.


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Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 14:26". "People's New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/john-14.html. 1891.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Whom (οho). Grammatical neuter, but “whom” is correct translation. The Father will send the Holy Spirit (John 14:16; Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33), but so will the Son (John 15:26; John 16:7) as Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit upon the disciples (John 20:22). There is no contradiction in this relation of the Persons in the Trinity (the Procession of the Holy Spirit). Here the Holy Spirit (full title as in Mark 3:29; Matthew 12:32; Luke 12:10) is identified with the Paraclete.

He (εκεινοςekeinos). Emphatic demonstrative pronoun and masculine like παρακλητοςparaklētos

Shall teach you all things
(υμας διδαχει πανταhumas didaxei panta). The Holy Spirit knows “the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10) and he is our Teacher in the Dispensation of the Holy Spirit of both new truth (John 14:25) and old.

Bring to your remembrance
(υπομνησει υμαςhupomnēsei humas). Future active indicative of υπομιμνησκωhupomimnēskō old verb to remind, to recall, here only in this Gospel (cf. 3 John 1:10; 2 Timothy 2:14) and with two accusatives (person and thing). After pentecost the disciples will be able better to recall and to understand what Jesus had said (how dull they had been at times) and to be open to new revelations from God (cf. Peter at Joppa and Caesarea).


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 14:26". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-14.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

In my name

See on John 14:13.

He ( ἐκεῖνος )

Setting the Advocate distinctly and sharply before the hearers. The pronoun is used in John's First Epistle, distinctively of our Lord. See 1 John 2:6; 1 John 3:3, 1 John 3:5, 1 John 3:7, 1 John 3:16; 1 John 4:17.

I have said ( εἶπον )

The aorist tense, I said.


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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 14:26". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/john-14.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

In my name — For my sake, in my room, and as my agent.

He will teach you all things — Necessary for you to know. Here is a clear promise to the apostles, and their successors in the faith, that the Holy Ghost will teach them all that truth which is needful for their salvation.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on John 14:26". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-14.html. 1765.

The Fourfold Gospel

But the Comforter, [even] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.

  1. But the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. When the plan was completed the Holy Spirit would reveal or teach the meaning of the words by bringing them to remembrance after full comprehension of the plan to which they related.


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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 14:26". "The Fourfold Gospel". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-14.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

THE DIVINE TEACHER

‘The Holy Ghost … He shall teach you all things.’

John 14:26

I. Merely human teaching will never make a Christian.—The great difficulty of all teaching is to rouse attention. The scholar must co-operate with the teacher,

(a) This is one reason why sermons are so often in vain. They fall on dull ears, and never enter at all.

(b) The same thing makes preaching bad. A preacher longs to rouse attention; so he tries to say something new, or in a new way. But truth is old, and the best way was found out long ago. So sermons are dull, for who can help being dull when he knows it matters nothing what he says?

(c) And even supposing that the mind takes in what it hears, and assents to what is proved, there is another struggle yet. For we have to act and live by our rules. Some think the fall of man consisted in the loss of his power to govern himself; and certainly it is very weak. Memory, judgment, will all fail us at times. A crying need for something beyond ourselves.

II. The remedy for it all is the power of the Holy Ghost.

(a) The outward Teacher is not so great as the inner Helper.

(b) We have not lost Christ when the Holy Ghost brings to our remembrance all He was, and did, and said.

III. The Holy Ghost is everywhere the pervading influence of God.—By the one Spirit come all gifts, inward and outward.

(a) The Sacraments are His.

(b) The renewed heart is His dwelling-place.

(c) Christian graces are His work.

(d) Whatsoever we see in the world, of good, is His.

(e) He is the finger of God, by which great works are done.

IV. Hence the absolute necessity of prayer and submission, and the inevitable humility of a Christian. For, we can consent, we can co-operate, but alone we can do nothing. The work may all be ascribed to God, because without His strength it is nothing; and yet it is our work, because it is by our will that God acts. A Christian, then, need fear nothing if the Holy Spirit be his Comforter. And for this must come—

(a) A willing mind.

(b) A longing prayer.

(c) A ready consent and obedience.

We know how, by the use of natural force, men can do work beyond all unaided human strength. When men’s strength fails, they call on God’s creatures to help them. There is a greater power than all natural forces. May we have grace to ask for and use well this power, which is God’s Holy Spirit.

—Bishop Steere.

Illustration

‘The Spirit of God is eternal, not only in time, but also in sympathy and power. And there is no nation and no race, however abject, however far, that the Spirit does not reach, and draw into the bonds of Christian fellowship. And what holds true of the Church is also true of the individual. He who has the Spirit of God may fall, yes, does fall, yet will, and can rise up again because of the all-powerful presence and indwelling of the Spirit. No true Christian, true in will and purpose, however feeble in effort or in accomplishment, need despair. It is not the individual’s strength, but the Spirit’s strength which will enable him to recover his ground, and overcome the temptation, or triumph over the habit, or purify the life.’


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John Trapp Complete Commentary

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Ver. 26. But the Comforter, &c.] The Spirit teacheth only things consonant to Scripture, and is thereby discerned from a spirit of delusion. He is not novarum revelationum architectus, author of new revelations, as Papists, Mahometans, Anabaptists, and Libertines would make him. The Jews also had many traditions and unwritten verities (as they called them) wherewith they believed their scribes and doctors were inspired, for the people’s better direction in observing the law. These they called Mashlamnuthoth, Completiones, Perfectiones, because they thought that the written law was perfected and completed by them. (Buxtorff.) These were those our Saviour cried down, Matthew 15:5. And the prophet tells us, that in vain shall we look to hear the voice behind us, where our "eyes see not our teachers," Isaiah 30:20-21.


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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

26.] q. d. ‘I know that ye do not understand them yet: but’ &c.

τὸ πν. τὸ ἅγ.] The Paraclete is now more closely defined by this well-known Name,—and, by ὃ πέμψει ὁ πατήρ, and ἐκεῖνος …, designated personally, as One sent, and One acting on them.

ἐν τῷ ὀν. μου, not, ‘in My stead,’ but in regard of Me—‘in answer to My prayer, and prayers in My name,—to those who bear My name,—and as a means of manifesting Me.’

διδάξ. πάντα stands by itself, not with ἃ εἶπον:—shall teach you all things;—‘all that can and may be learnt by you, all that belongs to your work and life in Me.’

ὑπομνήσει] What is not understood is liable to be forgotten;—and therefore in this word is implied the giving them a right understanding of, as well as recalling, what Jesus had said to them: see ch. John 2:22; John 12:16.

It is on the fulfilment of this promise to the Apostles, that their sufficiency as Witnesses of all that the Lord did and taught, and consequently THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE GOSPEL NARRATIVE, is grounded.


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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on John 14:26". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/john-14.html. 1863-1878.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 14:26. ἐκεῖνος, [That Person], He) So ch. John 15:26 [ ἐκεῖνος], “He shall testify of Me;” John 16:8, “And when He is come, He ( ἐκεῖνος) will reprove the world of sin,” etc.; 13, 14, “When He ( ἐκεῖνος), the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you, etc.: He ( ἐκεῖνος) shall glorify Me.”— διδάξει πάντα. He shall teach you all things) There is not added here the clause, which I said unto you. For that Paraclete taught other things also: ch. John 16:12-13, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.” Nor, however, even subsequently, were the whole of the dogmas of Christian truth infused into the apostles in one condensed mass; but as often as they needed them, and as the occasion suggested, the Paraclete instructed them in all the parts of the Apostolic office.— ὑπομνήσει, shall bring to your remembrance) This very discourse (homily) furnishes an instance, as having been a long time afterwards so accurately written out by John. Add Acts 11:16, [Peter says] “Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that He said, John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.”


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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The word is the same which was so translated before; (see the import of it, John 14:16,17) he is there called the

Comforter, and the Spirit of truth; here, the Holy Spirit. The Father here is said to send in the name, that is, with the authority and upon the mediation, of the Lord Jesus Christ: and two pieces of the Spirit’s work, besides comforting, are here expressed.

He shall teach you all things; he shall more fully explain to you all things. Three of the apostles themselves had already in this chapter discovered great degrees of ignorance as to the doctrine of the Trinity, Christ’s union or oneness with his Father, &c. You shall not be left (saith our Saviour) in this ignorance; for when the Holy Spirit shall come, he shall more fully and perfectly instruct you in all things, in which I have already instructed you, and which are necessary for you to know in order to your eternal happiness.

And bring all things to your remembrance; whatsoever I have said unto you; and shall bring to your remembrance the things I have taught you, so as you shall more fully and clearly understand them; and though you may have forgotten them, yet they shall by the Holy Spirit be revived in your memories; so as they shall not be like water spilt on the ground, which cannot again be gathered up, but like seed sown in the earth; which, though it may at present rot, and die under the clods, or at least not spring up, yet it shall spring up, and bring forth desired fruit. It is one great work of the Holy Spirit, to bring the revelations of holy writ to our remembrance, and withal to clear to us the sense of them, and confirm our faith in them, and chiefly quicken us to practise what is our duty: but it is to be observed, that the Spirit doth not make revelations of new notions; it only brings to our remembrance what Christ hath said, and further revealeth what was before in the word revealed, though possibly particular persons were ignorant of such revelations of the word: so things may be new, and newly revealed to us, which in themselves are not so. There are no new truths, but particular persons may have new discoveries of old truth, which they had before misapprehensions of.


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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

All things; all things which should be needful to fit them for the duties of their office.

Bring all things to your remembrance; in such a way that he should, at the same time, enlighten them as to their true meaning.


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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on John 14:26". "Family Bible New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/john-14.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

26. ἅγιον. This epithet is given to the Spirit thrice in this Gospel; John 1:33, John 20:22, and here: in John 7:39 ἅγιον is an insertion. It is not frequent in any Gospel but the third; 5 times in S. Matthew , 4 in S. Mark , 12 in S. Luke. S. Luke seems fond of the expression, which he uses some 40 times in the Acts; rarely using Πνεῦμα without ἅγιον. Here only does S. John give the full phrase: in John 1:33 and John 20:22 there is no article.

ἐν τ. ὀν. μ. As My representative, taking My place and continuing My work: see on John 14:13 and comp. John 16:13-14. The mission of the Paraclete in reference to the glorified Redeemer is analogous to that of the Messiah in reference to the Father. And His two functions are connected: He teaches new truths, ‘things to come,’ things which they ‘cannot bear now,’ in recalling the old; and He brings the old to their remembrance in teaching the new. He recalls not merely the words of Christ, a particular in which this Gospel is a striking fulfilment of the promise, but also the meaning of them, which the Apostles often failed to see at the time: comp. John 2:22, John 12:16; Luke 9:45; Luke 18:34; Luke 24:8. “It is on the fulfilment of this promise to the Apostles, that their sufficiency as Witnesses of all that the Lord did and taught, and consequently the authenticity of the Gospel narrative, is grounded” (Alford).


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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

26. Teach you all things… bring… to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said—The Paraclete should teach and remind; and the subject both of this teaching and reminding should be all things whatsoever I have said. That is, it should make clear all that they did not understand, and remind them of all they had forgotten, in the words of Jesus. Within their apostolic prerogative they should be enabled, by the Spirit impregnating the words of Jesus, fully and truly to expound his doctrine. They should be able, respectively, to preach, to record, and to transmit to posterity the true system of his religion without any deficiency or error.

We now suppose a pause in the discourse of Jesus. Still his intense thoughts rest upon his departure, and upon the loved ones he leaves on earth. He resumes in words of pathos and yet of consolation.


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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

“But the ideal companion (paraclete), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and enable you to remember all that I have said to you”.

However, they need not fear for another will come Who will replace Him in this task. And that replacement is the Holy Spirit, Who will be sent to them from the Father (see also John 14:16), and Who elsewhere is sent from the Son (‘I will send Him to you’ - John 15:26; John 16:7). They need not fear therefore that they will forget or misinterpret His words in the future. His words are too important for that. The coming Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, will teach them the full truth from beginning to end and will bring to their memory all His words. Thus does He ensure the preservation of His word (only possible to Hs disciples Who had heard it), and put His seal on their interpretation of His death and resurrection.

These words are vitally important as stressing, on Jesus’ authority, that His truth will be reliably and accurately preserved by Divine assistance. The Apostles, and those who wrote under their guidance, will fully preserve the truth. It is probable that some among them such as Matthew the ex-tax collector had already recorded some in writing (it would have been instinctive to Matthew to record what was spoken). Thus does Jesus lay His personal seal on the New Testament, and these words explain why the early church only accepted as divinely authoritative writings with Apostolic connections.

While we ourselves can accept that the Holy Spirit does guide us into truth and often bring Scripture to mind when we need it (e.g. 1 Corinthians 2:11 ff), these words above do not literally apply to us. We are not promised that we will be infallibly guided by the Spirit. This was only so at the beginning among those set apart for this purpose.

How often men say, ‘the Holy Spirit has shown me’, or ‘I have been guided by the Spirit’. How often such claims are made to look foolish. For if by this they are claiming that this therefore guarantees the authenticity of what they say or do they are sadly mistaken (as their disagreements with equally ‘inspired’ interpreters demonstrate quite clearly. That is why Paul said that the prophets must test out the words of each other - 1 Corinthians 14:19). For our fallible minds are not reliable channels of the Spirit’s activity. That is why Paul said of those who ‘spoke by the Spirit’ or prophesied - ‘let the others judge’ (1 Corinthians 14:29).

That was before there was a New Testament. Now of course we have an infallible guide by which to judge men’s teaching in the Scriptures. But all interpreters can so easily be fallible so that we need carefully to interpret each Scripture in the light of the whole, and compare it with the teaching of other Spirit filled men who are not fully of our own narrow persuasion, and thus come to a consensus of opinion, recognising that where there are differences on secondary matters (even though they may seem primary to us) in some of those matters it may be we who are wrong.


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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 14:26. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and he will bring to your remembrance all things that I said unto you. Again we meet with the expression ‘in my name’ already considered by us at John 14:13, where we saw that it primarily refers to the name ‘Son,’ and then to the revelation of the Father in the Son. It will be found that this conception suits each of those nine places in chaps, 14-17 where the words occur, as well as the two others in chap. 17 where Jesus speaks of manifesting or declaring the ‘name’ of God. Here the Father sends the Holy Spirit ‘in the name’ of Jesus; that is, the sending of the Spirit is grounded in the Father’s revelation of Himself in the Son. It is because in Him He reveals Himself to us as our Father, because He makes us by faith in Him His own sons, that we are brought into that relation to Him which enables us to receive the fulness of His Spirit. In this verse, as contrasted with John 14:16, we have not merely a promise of the Spirit of the truth. There is an advance of thought, and the Spirit is spoken of in His training power, as He applies to the heart ‘the truth’ which is His being. Several particulars in the words before us illustrate this. First, there is the epithet ‘holy,’ which here, as throughout this Gospel, expresses the idea of complete separation from all that is of the world, and complete consecration to all that is spiritual and heavenly (comp. chaps. John 3:34, John 10:36). Secondly, the Father is to ‘send’ the Spirit to the disciples even as He sent the Son (John 14:24), a statement indicating that He is sent to be in them for a similar purpose. And lastly, the ‘all things’ that the Spirit is to teach must (according to the rules suggested by the climactic structure of our Gospel) be included in the ‘all things’ spoken by Jesus, and now to be brought to their remembrance. What Jesus taught shall be the ‘all things’ that they are taught; can they be taught for any other purpose than to be again spoken for the salvation of men? In the words of Jesus ‘all things’ needed for man’s salvation are implicitly contained, and with that teaching the disciples shall be filled. These considerations lead directly to the conclusion, of which we shall often have to make use in the closing chapters of this Gospel, that Jesus is now dealing with His disciples not as simply believers in His name, but as persons about to enter on His work.


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The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 14:26. But His teaching would be continued and completed by the Paraclete: δὲ παράκλητοςὑμῖν. The Paraclete is now identified with τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον, and His connection with Christ is further guaranteed by the clause πέμψει πατὴρ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί μου, “which the Father will send in my name,” that is, as representing me and promoting my interests. And this He will accomplish by teaching: ἐκεῖνος “He,” and no longer the visible Christ, “will teach you all things,” πάντα in contrast to the ταῦτα (John 14:25) with which Christ had to be satisfied; but πάντα must itself be limited by the needs and capacities of the disciples.— καὶ ὑπομνήσει … “and will bring to your remembrance all that I said to you,” that is, the teaching of the Spirit should so connect itself with the teaching of Christ as to revive the memory of forgotten words of His, and give them a new meaning. Cf. especially John 16:12-14.


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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

The Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, as proceeding also from me: and therefore Christ saith, in the next chapter, (ver. 26) that he himself will send him from the Father. He will teach you all things, &c. He will give you a more perfect knowledge of all those truths, which I have taught you. (Witham) --- Teach you all things. Here the Holy Ghost is promised to the apostles, and their successors, particularly, in order to teach them all truth, and to preserve them from error. (Challoner) --- The Scripture, in different places, remarks, that the apostles did not understand the accomplishment of prophecies, as soon as they were fulfilled. (Luke xxiv. 27.) They could not draw the comparison between the actions of our Saviour, and the figures of the old law: but no sooner had the Holy Ghost descended upon them, than they explained the Scriptures, their hearts and eyes being opened and enlightened by the light of the Holy Spirit. (Calmet) --- See chap. xvi. ver. 12. and 13.


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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the Holy Ghost = the Spirit, the Holy. Greek. to Pneuma to Hagion. The only place in John where the two articles are found. Elsewhere Matthew 12:32. Mark 3:29; Mark 12:36; Mark 13:11. Luke 2:26; Luke 3:22. Acts 1:16; Acts 5:3, Acts 5:32; Acts 7:61; Acts 8:18; Acts 10:44, Acts 10:47; Acts 11:15; Acts 13:2, Acts 13:4; Acts 15:8; Acts 19:6; Acts 20:23, Acts 20:28; Acts 21:11; Acts 21:28, Acts 21:25. Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30. Hebrews 3:7; Hebrews 9:8; Hebrews 9:10. is. Twenty-eight times (7 x 4 = 28. App-10). See App-101.

he = that One. Greek. ekeinos.

teach. Greek. didasko. Occurs 97 times, always rendered "teach". Compare 1 John 2:27. Other words translated "teach "are katangello, Acts 16:21; katecheo, 1 Corinthians 14:19. Galatians 1:6, Galatians 1:6; matheteuo, Matthew 28:19. Acts 14:21; and paideuo, Acts 22:3. Titus 2:12.

bring, &c. = put you in mind of. Occurs seven times: Luke 22:61. 2 Timothy 2:14. Titus 3:1. 2 Peter 1:12. 2 John 1:10. Jude 1:5. Compare John 2:17, John 2:22; John 12:16. Luke 24:6, Luke 24:8 (a kindred word).


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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things - see the notes at John 14:16-17.

And bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. As the Son came in the Father's name, so the Father was to send the Spirit in the Son's name, with like divine authority and power-to do two great things. First, to "teach them all things," and second, to "bring to remembrance all things whatsoever Christ had said to them." So imperfectly did the apostles apprehend what Jesus said to them, that to have recalled it all to them merely as it fell on their ears from their Master's lips would have left them the same half-instructed and bewildered, weak and timid men, as before-all unfit to evangelize the world either by their preaching or their writings. But the Spirit was to teach as well as to remind them-to reproduce the whole teaching of Christ, not as they understood it, but as He meant it to be understood. But does not the promise of the Spirit to "teach them all things" mean something more than "to bring all things to their remembrance?" This promise at least does not; because the sense plainly is, "He shall teach you, and bring to your remembrance all things whatsoever I have said unto you" - the teaching and the recalling relating to the same things, namely, all that Christ had said to them.

Thus have we here a double promise with reference to our Lord's actual teaching-that through the agency of the Holy Spirit it should stand up before their minds, when He was gone from them in all its entireness, as at first uttered, and in all its vast significance as by Him intended. Before the close of this same discourse, our Lord announces an extension even of this great office of the Spirit. They were not able to take in all that He had to tell them, and He had accordingly withheld some things from them. But when the Spirit should come, on His departure to the Father, He should "guide them into all the truth," filling up whatever was wanting to their complete apprehension of the mind of Christ. (See the notes at John 16:12-15.) On these great promises rests the CREDIBILITY, in the highest sens e of that term, OF THE GOSPEL HISTORY, and so, its DIVINE AUTHORITY.


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The Bible Study New Testament

Will teach you everything. This is a special promise to the apostles. Read what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:10; Ephesians 3:4; and 2 Peter 1:15. They recorded this knowledge in permanent form as the New Testament. It would be incredible to believe they omitted anything of importance in their writings.


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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.—Better, as before, but the Advocate . . . (Comp. Excursus G: The Meaning of the word Paraclete.) For the words “Holy Ghost” comp. John 7:39; John 20:22, which are the only passages where we find them in this Gospel. They are frequent in the earlier Gospels. (See Note on Matthew 12:31.) In four passages in the New Testament (Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:8) our translators have preferred the rendering “Holy Spirit.” The identification here with the Advocate brings out the contrast between the practical obedience and holiness (John 14:23) of those to whom the Holy Spirit should be sent, and the disobedience (John 14:24) of those who rejected the revelation by the Son.

Whom the Father will send in my name—i.e., as My representative. (Comp. John 14:13.) Their Master will depart from them, but the Father will send them another Teacher who will make clear to them the lessons they have already heard, and teach them things which they cannot bear now.

He shall teach you all things.—Comp. John 16:13. The words are here without an expressed limitation, but the “all things” here is equal to the “all truth” in the later passage.

And bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.—The limitation, “whatsoever I have said unto you,” is to be taken with this clause only, and is not to be extended to the words, “He shall teach you all things.” For instances of the recurrence of words spoken by our Lord with a fulness of new meaning revealed in them by the Holy Spirit, comp. John 2:22; John 12:16. The Gospel according to St. John, with its full records of the words spoken by our Lord, is itself a commentary on this text.


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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
the Comforter
Holy Ghost
7:39; 20:22; Psalms 51:11; Isaiah 63:10; Matthew 1:18,20; 3:11; 28:19; Mark 12:36; Mark 13:11; Luke 1:15,35,41,67; 2:25; 3:22; 11:13; Acts 1:2,8; 2:4; 5:3; Acts 7:51,55; 13:2,4; 15:8,28; 16:6; 20:28; 28:25; Romans 5:5; 14:17; Romans 15:13,16; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 6:19; 12:3; 2 Corinthians 6:6; 13:14; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 1:5,6; 4:8; 2 Timothy 1:14; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 2:4; 3:7; 9:8; 10:15; 1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 5:7; Jude 1:20
whom
16; 15:26; 16:7; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4
he
6:45; 16:13,14; Psalms 25:8,9,12-14; Isaiah 54:13; Jeremiah 31:33,34; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; Ephesians 1:17; 1 John 2:20,27; Revelation 2:11
bring
2:22; 12:16; Acts 11:16; 20:35

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Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

John 14:26

"But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things." John 14:26

If the Lord has given to any of you eyes to see and hearts to receive this divine Comforter, praise, bless, and adore your God and Father, and most merciful Benefactor, for his distinguishing grace in giving you to know him as your Comforter; and if he has ever dropped into your soul any of his sweet teachings, bless him that you have received him also as the Spirit of truth into your conscience. What but sovereign grace, rich, free and super-abounding, has made the difference between you and the world who cannot receive him? But for his divine operations upon your soul, you would still be of the world, hardening your heart against everything good and godlike, walking on in the pride and ignorance of unbelief and self-righteousness, until you sank down into the chambers of death. Oh, it is a mercy if but one drop of heavenly consolation has ever been distilled into your soul, if ever you have felt or found any relief in your sorrows and distresses from the work and witness of the Holy Spirit; if you have ever gathered any solid comfort from any promise applied with power, from any text dropped into your heart with a sealing testimony, from any manifestation of the love and blood of Christ, or from any communication of liberty, joy, or peace such as are produced by the operation and influence of the Spirit of God.

It may have been but little, nor did it last long; but it has given you a taste of its blessedness, and made you long for another sip, another crumb, another visit. But look to it well and examine carefully whether it be real, and whether, weighed in the balance of the sanctuary, you have good ground for believing that what you received with such comfort to your soul was distilled into your heart by the Comforter, and that the truth which you have felt and believed, as well as professed, has been opened up to your conscience by the Spirit of truth.


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