In that day ye shall ask me nothing…
Meaning, not the
whole Gospel dispensation, so often called, in prophetic language,
"that day"; and is, in the New Testament, opposed to the night of
Jewish and Gentile darkness; and, in comparison of the former
dispensation, is a time of great spiritual light and knowledge: nor
the latter part of that day, when there will be no night of darkness
and desertion, of error and security, of affliction and persecution,
with the church; when the earth shall be filled with the knowledge
of the Lord; when all the children of God shall be taught of him,
and there will be no need to say, know the Lord, for all shall know
him, from the least to the greatest: nor the day of judgment, which,
by way of emphasis, is so frequently called "that day": nor the
state of ultimate happiness, the everlasting day of glory; when all
imperfections shall be done away, when saints will know, as they are
known, and see Jesus as he is, and need not ask any questions about
him: but the time when Christ, and his apostles, should meet again,
and see each other's faces with joy and pleasure, is meant; and the
time following thereon, especially the day of Pentecost, when the
Spirit was poured down upon them, and, according to his promise,
came to them, taught them all things, and led them into all truth.
This asking is not to be understood of asking in prayer; for it
appears, by what follows, that they should ask in his name then, and
he encourages to it; but of asking him questions, and that not of
any sort; for it is certain, that, within this time, they did ask
many things. Peter asked what John, the beloved disciple, should do;
and they all asked him, a little before his ascension, whether he
would, at that time, restore again the kingdom to Israel; but it is
to be restrained to such things they had been, or were, desirous of
asking him; such as, whither goest thou? show us the Father? how is
it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
and more especially these last questions, they greatly desired to
put to him, what is this, "a little while and ye shall not see me?"
and what is this, "a little while and ye shall see me?" and what is
the meaning of these words, "because I go to the Father?" (John 16:17) .
Now our Lord intimates, that at this time all these things would be so
clear and evident to them, that they should ask him no questions about
them. But he adds,
verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father
in my name, he will give it you.
Asking here signifies prayer, and a
different word is here used than before. The object of prayer is the
Father, though not to the exclusion of the Son and Spirit, who were
both separately, or in conjunction with the Father, prayed unto
after this; see (Acts 7:59) (22:16) (2 Thessalonians 3:5) (Romans 1:7) (1 Corinthians 1:2,3) (Revelation 1:4,5) .
The medium of access to the Father is the name of Christ; he is the
Mediator between God and man, the way of access unto him; whatever
is asked, is to be asked on account of his blood, righteousness, and
sacrifice, and then there is no doubt of success; whatever is asked
will be given; his blood within the vail speaks loud for every
blessing; his righteousness, God is always pleased with; his
sacrifice is a sweet smelling savour: his mediation is powerful; and
his name is always prevalent.