|INTERNET BIBLE STUDIES||JOHN LESSON 26|
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||John Chapter 14: 16-31
Memory verse for this week: Psa 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
Introduction: In our last weeks study, we saw Jesus explaining to the disciples how that He must leave them to go and prepare a place for them, and He promised to come and take them to where Jesus was going. Later in the chapter, he addresses Phillip on how He and the Father were truly one, and anyone who had seen Jesus had seen the Father.
I. The Promise of the Holy Spirit
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Jesus promises to the disciples (and to all of us), that He would pray that the Father would send us a Comforter. The Lord knew that when He was resurrected that we would need help from the Lord to have confidence and assurance to do the work of the Lord. We know how much power Jesus had with the Father. The Father always heard the Son.
John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
John 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
Jesus warns us that the world will not understand nor comprehend about the Holy Spirit. Many today see this as some magical thing that is in the imagination of Christians. We that are saved, those that have Jesus as Lord and Savior, know that the Holy Spirit has come inside and taken up dwelling in us. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit once we are saved.
Note in verse 16, we have the promise that the Holy Spirit comes to abide with us for ever. God is so good to us, he promises us to never leave us comfortless. And from my own personal experience since I was saved at the age of 13, I have had some awful low spots in my life, but never once has God forsaken me. Ive failed Him, but He has never failed me. Praise the Lord.
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Jesus warns them that He would be with them for only a short time more. And because He lives, we shall live also. And as he promised, when they would see him after his resurrection, they would know that Jesus and the Father were one. Paul said that Christ was living in him.
Do you want to have power with God in prayer? Then do what God commands Keep His commandments. When we do Gods Will in our lives, we have great power with the Lord through our Lord Jesus Christ. John Calvin said that this promise that Jesus gave in verse 21 about Him manifesting Himself to us points to us growing in the fruit of Godliness and progressing in our knowledge of Christ. We need a fuller knowledge of Jesus Christ if we want Him to be manifested to us, so we must draw nigh to God. When we do, God has promised that He will draw nigh unto us.
John 14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Judas wanted to know why that Jesus was going to manifest Himself to them, and not to the whole world. This was a valid question. If Jesus came and died on the cross for all men and women to be saved, why not manifest Himself to all. But this was to be only to those that had obeyed the Gospel, and turned to the Lord for salvation. Only those who had accepted free grace would be able to understand God at this newer, deeper, level. While none of us will ever have perfect love in this world, we should strive to be more like Christ, and demonstrate the perfect love that only he knew. God is pleased with the obedience of His children that sincerely aim at this goal.
What peace, joy, and happiness we have as believers when the Lord comes and abides with us.
Is Gods Word pure? Jesus Words were the words of the Father, and we know that all scripture is given by inspiration of God.
John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
There were some special blessings given to the apostles and disciples during this period right after Christs death. They had the power to cast out demons and to heal the sick. But you and I no longer have those special powers that God gave during that time to confirm that Jesus was the true Messiah. But this promise of the Holy Ghost, our Comforter, is still true today as it was in the first church there in Jerusalem. When we open up the Word of God and study, and we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit literally opens up our mind of understanding. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us all things. The disciples had witnessed many wondrous miracles, and because the Holy Spirit came upon them, they would be able to remember those things and bring back into their minds those things that Jesus taught. Oh to have sat at the Saviors feet like Thomas, Peter, John and James. One day, we too shall be taught by the greatest teacher ever. What an honor for Peter and John to have been known for sitting under the teaching of Jesus Christ. Remember when they healed the leper at the temple and were brought before the religious leaders and questioned.
II. Christ The One Who Gives us Peace
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
The world cries out for peace today, and yet they can not find it outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. In verse 27, Jesus told them that "my peace I give unto you.. not as the world giveth, give I unto you." If you take the peace the world gives you, it is a very empty feeling. But oh what peace God gives us. I traveled this past weekend (Jan. 29, 1999) to Lamesa, Texas to attend the funeral of my uncle. What a joy it was to listen to the pastor of his church talk about how much my uncles loved all the words of the bible. And to see the peace in my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Was it because we were ready to lose this uncle? Not at all. It was because we knew he had finished his course, had gone on to be with Jesus, and every one of us, all who know Jesus as Savior, will see him again one day. And it may be sooner than we think. When we know Jesus as our Lord, we truly rejoice that Jesus has went on to the Father. As we read in the first verses of this chapter, Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, and He is coming again to take us there. Jesus had forewarned the disciples about what was going to happen, and He wanted them to know that after it came to pass, they would believe. You and I will not ever witness physically the crucifixiation of Jesus Christ. We must see by the eye of faith. Jesus tells them that Satan would soon be coming, but he had nothing in Him. Jesus knew the hour was at hand, and the time for talking had ended. From this point forward, the Will of the Father was to be done. There is a time to speak, and a time to keep silent it says over in Ecclesiastes. Today, we are in that time when we need to speak, and we should preach to the world the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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