Because I Go to the Father…

March 23, 2009 by: KJVOnly

I read how the new versions omit the following words from John 16:16 – “because I go to the Father.” So, I wanted to check it out for myself and not just take another author’s word for it. Sure enough, they do but they shoot themselves in the foot by doing it! Let’s see verse 16 (and 17 & 18 as well) so we can try and explore the reasons behind their decision.

  1. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
  2. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
  3. They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

John 16:17-18 KJV

Let’s look at the omissions and then look at why the words SHOULD be in there (and why the KJV, God’s Word, has them in there).


Modern versions omit “because I go to the Father” from verse 16 BUT LEAVE IT IN VERSE 17!!! Do they realize what they are doing by leaving it in verse 17?

  1. The new versions create confusion in verse 17 because the disciples are asking why Jesus said something that their Bibles don’t have Jesus saying! The NIV has that phrase earlier in verse 10 so it gives the impression the disciples are referring to something said earlier, not something Jesus said immediately before. It creates confusion in the reader’s mind and makes them start jumping all over the page trying to keep the flow.

    That confusion shows who is in charge of those “Bibles” since we know it’s not God.

    1. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV

    1. And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
    2. And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
    3. And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
    4. And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
    5. Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

    Acts 19:28-32 KJV

    So, if confusion is the result, then God is not in it. Look at the section from Acts. Most of the people in there were simply there as part of the mob mentality! They didn’t even know why they were in the theatre! God wants everyone to know for themselves who he is. He is not happy with any situation that creates a mob where people are strung along on emotion and confusion.

  2. By leaving the phrase in verse 17, the new versions could be accused of putting words in the disciples’ mouths. Since the new versions have the disciples responding to a missing statement, the new versions don’t have a leg to stand on and argue that “everyone knows Jesus said it”. How would they know that? Most of the time that argument is made, it’s because “everyone” was raised on the King James Bible! Yet show me any modern person raised on the new versions only who “knows” that Jesus said it.

    That is just one of the multitude of reasons for not using the new versions. They omit words or use pronouns expecting people to understand who is being addressed or who the pronouns represent. Yet a reader could not possibly understand if they had not read another version that did spell it out! By omitting words and using pronouns the new versions themselves make a very good case for the King James Bible! Why use their shorthand perversions when you can have the real thing?!?!

    Not to mention that by omitting and using pronouns, the new versions are guilty of adding or taking away from God’s Word, the very thing he warns against in Revelation 22.

    1. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
    2. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
    3. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
    4. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

    Revelation 22:18-21 KJV


Let’s look at a couple more passages showing that if there is confusion, then God is not in it.

  1. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
  2. And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
  3. For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
  4. So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
  5. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
  6. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
  7. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
  8. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

1 Corinthians 14:6-13 KJV

This passage is ostensibly dealing with the practice of tongues but makes a couple points worth mentioning. (Since the practice of tongues was to edify the church, the points made are applicable to other situations since all things are done to edify the church and glorify God.)

I love Paul’s example of “a distinction in the sounds”. If someone either plays only one note or doesn’t play the notes distinctly enough (oh hey, there’s the KJB’s built-in dictionary again!), no one will be able to understand what the notes are. Not to mention if the notes aren’t played with enough urgency or are played weakly (who’s going to prepare themselves for battle to a jazz version of Reveille?), no one will know that an emergency is at hand.

The practice of tongues was NOT to glorify the person doing the speaking. If God provided the gift of tongues to someone he also provided the gift of interpretation to someone else so everyone in the church could understand what was being said AND would know that the person was praising God. No one who had the gift of tongues ever recited their laundry list, their grocery list or the phone book. The gift was purely to edify the church and glorify God.

Elsewhere Paul says that if no one is available to interpret then the tongues speaker should speak to themselves and not create confusion in the church. That gives the lie to all these Pentecostals who think tongues is a sign of receiving the Holy Ghost so they let people just babble on, multiple people speaking at once (also forbidden by Paul) and with no interpretation.

  1. How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
  2. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
  3. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

1 Corinthians 14:26-28 KJV

As you can see, the entire objective was to edify the entire church and not glorify the individuals. Paul could see the ego contests where people misused their gifts to try and obtain glory for themselves. Paul reminded them why they received those gifts and how to best use them. As we see in verse 28, God is a very individual God. He would hear the person speaking in tongues even if that person couldn’t stand up in the church.


  1. Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
  2. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
  3. To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
  4. For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14-17 KJV

Paul’s humility shines through here and wonderfully points out how it’s not him that’s making things happen, it’s God through Christ through Paul. Paul acknowledges that God couldn’t work through him if Paul handled the word of God deceitfully. God can work because Paul handles Christ, the Word of God in sincerity.

I also like the picture of the savour of Christ being the savour of death to those who perish but the savour of life to those who live. If the new versions cause confusion they are the savour of death both to those that live and to those that perish. Paul’s statement “And who is sufficient for these things?” shows how great a task we’ve been given and how utterly insufficient for the task we are. Anyone who purports to know better than God what his word should say is most definitely not handling the word of God sincerely.

  1. Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.
  2. But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience int he sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 KJV


  1. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
  2. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
  3. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
  4. But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
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2 Corinthians 3:11-15 KJV

Notice how Paul is not trying to bamboozle anyone. He has the hope so he uses great PLAINNESS of speech! He doesn’t want to blind them with the old razzle-dazzle, he wants people to clearly see! In fact, he notes how people who still think the law is in effect (note the present tense in verse 11, “that which IS done away”) are the blinded ones. All of Paul’s epistles are loaded with warnings to watch out for scholars and people who try to glorify themselves by claiming to understand things you can’t know. It’s the Gentile application of how God “hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

  1. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Matthew 11:25 KJV

  1. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
  2. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
  3. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
  4. That no flesh should glory in his presence.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 KJV


  1. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
  2. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
  3. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  4. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
  5. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
  6. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
  7. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
  8. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
  9. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for the saints;
  10. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.

Ephesians 6:10-19 KJV

Notice in verse 16 how the shield of faith is needed to “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”. If your faith isn’t very strong because your bible sows confusion, how will your shield be able to quench the fiery darts? More likely a few fiery darts get through then more and more because your defenses are down. It’s your individual responsibility to put on the armor. When a fiery dart comes at you, you won’t be able to say “But Pastor So-and-So told me the Greek means such-and-such. STOP SHOOTING AT ME!!!!” You need to know God’s Word for yourself so your faith is strong and you can repel that dart. People want to see YOUR life change as a result, not the pastor’s. They have a built-in mistrust of any pastor and will only believe it’s real when an ordinary person’s life changes.

In verse 17 the helmet of salvation means to KNOW that your salvation is secure and not to doubt all the time. The pastors who continuously have altar calls, even for the people who are already saved, are doing a large part of Satan’s work by stripping the helmet of salvation from people’s heads. What soldiers are going to prepare for battle if they’re not sure they’re fighting the right battle? Once the helmet is gone more questions and doubts creep in until the person is rendered useless, curled up in a fetal position sucking their thumb.

One of the absolute joys of living in the Age of the Gentiles is we can and do KNOW that our salvation is secure! We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit and we have Christ living in us! Christ cannot deny himself and the Holy Spirit CANNOT leave like he could in the Old Testament time.

  1. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
  2. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 KJV

  1. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  2. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV

  1. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  2. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:29-30 KJV

  1. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
  2. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
  3. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
  4. If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
  5. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
  6. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  7. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2 Timothy 2:10-16 KJV

Notice how verse 15 says “Study to show THYSELF” (emphasis mine). When you are challenged you can’t say “Well Pastor So-and-So said the Greek means this. Pastor Something-or-Other says it means this other thing. I think it means such-and-such.” You also won’t be able to say “But my Bible never said that! God, you’re unfair for judging me on something my Bible never mentioned.” When you read God’s Word and rightly divide it, the Spirit (who cannot leave, remember) will show you things you never imagined. The joy you receive at reading and understanding God’s Word far surpasses any pleasure you might get marveling at Pastor So-and-So’s scholarship.

The other part of Ephesians 6:17 shows that the word of God is the sword of the Spirit. To validate that, just look at when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Jesus fought back with God’s Word. Unfortunately, the new versions are not God’s Word and not the sword of the Spirit. When people try to use them in battle, the new versions will be ineffectual (or as MIA as the swords of the Israelites in 1 Samuel 13).

  1. Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:
  2. But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.
  3. Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
  4. So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.

1 Samuel 13:19-22 KJV

Do you see the utter foolishness here? The people of God allowed their ENEMIES to provide their tools! The Philistines knew the Hebrews could become a great army and easily defeat any enemy so the Philistines didn’t allow the Hebrews to obtain any swords or spears. All they had were garden tools and the Philistines even filed those down to make them ineffectual. When the battle comes do you want a sword or a garden tool?


Now, let’s look at why the phrase “because I go to the Father” belongs in John 16:16 AND 16:17.

The main reason is because it tells us exactly what happened (and why it had to happen) between Christ’s death and resurrection! Most people want to take that phrase to refer to Christ’s Ascension in Luke 24:51 but a simple, PLAIN, reading of the text doesn’t support that.

What Christ is saying is “A little while, and you won’t see me, because I go to the Father. A little while later, you will see me, because I went to the Father.” THAT is why the disciples got so confused.

When Christ died, he had been made sin for us.

  1. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
  2. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 KJV

He went to Hell and deposited our sins there, paying the price for our sins. (Paying the price does not just mean dying. It also means going to Hell in our place.)

  1. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
  2. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
  3. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Ephesians 4:8-10 KJV

When that was done Jesus took the keys of the gates of hell and walked out of there.

  1. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
  2. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
  3. And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
  4. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as which as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
  5. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
  6. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
  7. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
  8. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Revelation 1:11-18 KJV

He appeared to Mary but could not have her touch him because he hadn’t gone to his Father yet.

  1. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
  2. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
  3. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
  4. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
  5. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

John 20:14-18 KJV

She ran off to tell the disciples and Jesus ascended, completing the payment of our sins. God gave him the spiritual body he would have forever more. Jesus came back and appeared to many people, including the famous story of “Doubting” Thomas in John 20:24-29. (Thomas gets a bad rap because when Jesus did appear and showed Thomas what he needed to see, Thomas didn’t hesitate. He believed in Jesus Christ right then and there with the declaration “My Lord and My God”.)

  1. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
  2. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
  3. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
  4. Then saith he unto Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
  5. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
  6. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

John 20:24-29 KJV

The “because I go to the Father” CANNOT have referred to the ascension in Luke because then Jesus wouldn’t have allowed ANYONE to touch him! He didn’t let Mary touch him because he hadn’t ascended. If he still hadn’t ascended then why would he let Thomas touch him? It’s very inconsistent and we know that our Lord Jesus Christ is extremely consistent.

The other refutation is that Christ appeared to MANY people after his resurrection. If “because I go to the Father” referred to the Ascension in Luke 24, then Christ wouldn’t have appeared to anyone because the “a little while, and ye shall see me” would only refer to Christ’s Second Coming. (Christ appeared to Stephen to offer the Jews a second chance but Stephen wasn’t at the Last Supper so Christ’s statement wouldn’t refer to Stephen. Neither would the statement refer to Paul when Christ appeared to him on the Damascus road.) No, the answer is that the human understanding is wrong. The phrase “because I go to the Father” HAS to refer to the period between death and re-appearance on the earth.




CONCLUSION:

How wonderful that God has given us the immeasurable gift of his Word in plain English, simple to understand and easy to believe in! It amazes me how many people refuse to believe that God simply did what he promised to do in Psalm 12:6-7 because he holds his word higher than his name (Psalm 138:1-2).

Please do not let your self be led down the primrose path by the new versions as they take the sword out of your hand and strip your armor piece by piece until you are naked and shivering, questioning everything and getting no comfort. The King James Bible is quite sufficient to teach you and make you “wise unto salvation”. Take the opportunity before it’s too late!

  1. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
  2. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psalms 12:6-7 KJV

  1. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Psalms 138:2 KJV

  1. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV

  1. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
  2. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
  3. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
  4. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  5. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
  6. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:12-17 KJV