Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.…
This is a discourse showing the disciple his refuge from trouble. The refuge —
I. OF FAITH. "Believe in God: believe also in Me," etc. Three grand truths are at the basis of Christianity: God, Christ, Immortality. They are the antidotes to atheism, the helplessness of guilt, and the hopelessness of death.
II. OF LOVE. A personal relation to Christ, He is the way of God to man and of man to God; the truth, about all the soul needs to know and which natural theology fails to answer; and the life, eternal and blissful.
III. OF HOPE. Here was a personal bereavement. He was about to withdraw, and the loss was the more inconsolable because He was the object of faith and love. But He compensates this loss by the promise of the Holy Ghost, through whom they should do greater works, by whom God is manifest in the believer, etc., and who should abide with them forever. And He promises that He will personally intercede for believers above, while the Spirit intercedes in them below. And so He who goes away actually does not leave them orphans, but comes to them, dwells in them, manifests Himself to them, and is seen by them. And so this part of the discourse ends as it began, with peace. Peace —
1. For the mind harassed with doubt, by establishing the certainties of faith.
2. For the heart harassed with unsatisfied cravings, by establishing it upon God.
(A. T. Pierson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.