John Wesley's notes
on the Gospel: John 16:23-33
23 Ye shall not question me about any thing - Which you do
not now understand. You will not need to inquire of me; for you will know
all things clearly. Whatsoever ye shall ask - Knowledge, love, or any thing
else, he will give it - Our Lord here gives us a charte blanche. Believer,
write down what thou wilt. He had said, John 14:13, I will do it, where
the discourse was of glorifying the Father through the Son. Here, speaking
of the love of the Father to believers, he saith, He will give it.
24 Hitherto ye have asked nothing in my name - For they had asked him
directly for all they wanted.
26 At that day ye shall ask - For true knowledge begets prayer. And
I say not that I will pray - This in nowise implies that he will not: it
means only, The Father himself now loves you, not only because of my intercession,
but also because of the faith and love which he hath wrought in you.
30 Thou knowest all things - Even our hearts. Although no question is
asked thee, yet thou answerest the thoughts of every one. By this we believe
that thou camest forth from God - They, as it were, echo back the words
which he had spoken in John 16:27, implying, We believe in God; we believe
also in thee.