……when I love to read John 14, 15, and 16. So much tension. The clock is ticking. The Lord has just completed the Last Supper with His disciples. Judas has just left the Supper table, Jesus continues to teach His disciples. In some instances, they do not understand. O….poor disciples…….with Him for 3 years and yet, still, cannot comprehend all that He is saying – – that He is teaching.
I like to go to my Ryrie Study Bible as the footnotes are vital for additional learning and understanding on our part. Chapter 14 begins this way.
“Do not let your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1
DO NOT LET: This means I CAN do something about my problem. I have a choice. I can choose God’s way or my way – – which will it be!! For the disciples they too had a choice. Poor disciples that they were, they just couldn’t think and understand as Christ did.
“Jesus said to him (meaning Thomas), ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
WAY: I may choose. Remember that God gave us a free will. We can make choices. The more we know and understand our Lord, the easier it becomes to choose correctly.
TRUTH: I may comprehend.
LIFE: I can experience the fulness of God.
Jumping over to John 15, we read:
“I am the vine, you are the branches: He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing”. John 15:5
WOW!!!!! Dynamic isn’t it!!!! I in Him and He in Me.
On over to John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
More solid, strong, immovable words given to the disciples. The Lord’s time on the earth was quickly drawing to a close. So He comforts his disciples with the words we find in John 16:13.
He can’t be here in person right now, so the Holy Spirit will abide within to help, teach and guide.
Pentecost did not happen until in Acts. So the Holy Spirit was not known by them as just yet. Only what the Lord taught did they know.
John 16:15 reads: “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore, I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
Ryrie’s footlights are a treasure for us. He writes of John 16:15: “The teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit has guided the church since the Spirit’s coming Doctrine. Therefore does not have to be traced back to the earthy ministry of Jesus to be authoritative, because the Spirit takes of “mine” (Christ’s) and will disclose it to you (the apostles). These truths were then recorded in the NT”.
One more stop in John, now going to John 16:8-11.
“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9) concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10) and concerning righteousness because I go to the Father, and you no longer see Me; 11) and concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world has been judged.”
Hold that thought for a moment. I want to take you over to Hebrews 12:1,2 and watch the connection between John 16:9 and Hebrews 12:1,2.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2) fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We looked at these vss. in Hebrews some time back. Remember them? ~~~~~”the sin which so easily entangles us……..” What is that sin? It is a sin that is universal to all of us………………………………UNBELIEF !!!
Go back for a moment to John 16:8. The Lord says when He comes back, He will convict the world concerning SIN. why? Verse 9: Dynamic once again. “concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me……”; Ryrie’s footnotes: “The greatest, and basic, sin is unbelief.
John 16:11 reads: “The ruler of this world has been judged.” Ryrie writes: Christ triumphed over Satan, serving notice on unbelievers of their judgment to come.”
Jesus is the common denominator for us. You remember I spoke of what one does with Jesus determines whether we are in Christianity or a Cult. Right now there are 20 groups (cults and religions.) They are placed alongside Christianity. We find out their stance of each: the Founder, Writings, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Salvation, Death, Beliefs/Other. You can pull it up on your computer. The pamphlet is entitled, CHRISTIANITY, Cults & Religions, Rose Publishing.
The Cults and Religions believe in a Jesus, but not the biblical one. Paul writes, “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear “this” beautifully.” 2 Cor. 11:3,4)
God the Father is the Creator of all. Jesus Christ is His Son. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Before time began, Christ was in existence with God. He was active in the work of creation. (Col. 1:16) He came as a Babe, crucified 30 years later, dead, buried and ROSE AGAIN and IS COMING BACK some day. Christianity is the only relationship that can boast and know it is true because we believe it by faith, that the Founder died, was buried, rose again and He will come back for His own.
I rest my case.