Archive for July 26th, 2018

John 16:13-19

In John 16:13-19 Jesus explains the role of the Holy Spirit to His disciples, and to you and me. “When the Holy Spirit, who is truth, comes, he shall guide you into all truth, for he will not be presenting his own ideas, but will be passing on to you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” In one sense, this was fulfilled when the New Testament writings, divinely inspired by God, were completed. In another sense the Holy Spirit continues today to personally lead us into truth, but never in opposition to the Scripture, because God’s supreme authority is closed with the New Testament.  The Holy Spirit isn’t ‘making things up’ but rather teaching what God has already ordained as truth.

Jesus makes it clear that the Holy Spirit as part of the Trinity will glorify Him. “He shall praise me and bring me great honor by showing you my glory.” People may speak of dreams, visions, experiences, revelations and say they came from the Holy Spirit, but many of those supposed revelations of the Spirit say nothing or almost nothing about Jesus Himself.  That isn’t how the Trinity works.  God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three, but they are first and foremost One.  “All the Father’s glory is mine; this is what I mean when I say that he will show you my glory.” Jesus isn’t showboating on His own, and neither will the Holy Spirit.

The time is quickly approaching when Jesus will be gone and go to the Cross.  The disciples don’t understand the path Jesus will take, but are now discovering that He’ll be coming back. “In just a little while I will be gone, and you will see me no more; but just a little while after that, and you will see me again!”  The disciples didn’t understand that the arrest of Jesus was only an hour or two away, and then His crucifixion would follow soon thereafter. Yet because He must go to the Father, they would see Him again as He rose from the dead.  They have no idea of what’s coming, but Jesus is giving them the details so they can look back and know it is as it was to be.

It is obvious they don’t comprehend His words.  “Whatever is he saying?” some of his disciples asked. “What is this about ‘going to the Father’? We don’t know what he means.”  The disciples were both troubled and confused. They probably thought Jesus spoke with unnecessary mystery about where He was going and what He would do. They didn’t understand what He meant about not seeing Him and then seeing Him. “Jesus realized they wanted to ask him so he said, “Are you asking yourselves what I mean?” Jesus understood that the disciples wanted more clarity; but He also knew that they needed more than information. They needed their hearts and minds prepared to endure the coming crisis.  We have to be prepared for how the world treats us as Christ Followers as well.

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