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JOHN CHAPTER 14

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1-3 "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

 

Jn 14,1-6

(208d) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The expectations of God >> God expects us to follow Him

Jn 14,1-3

(38g) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of freedom – It would be miserable to live eternally without a body. Those who have died and gone to heaven before us are living as disembodied spirits, but this is only temporary; besides, they are living in the New Jerusalem, which is a spiritual place, apart from this natural universe, and spirits interacting with a spiritual place are no different from bodies interacting with a physical place. Heaven currently does not have a physical expression, but a day is coming when all things will become new (Rev 21-5), and God will give heaven a physical attribute and expand its borders to encompass the entire universe. For now it is confined in the spiritual realm, but the physical is coming, which will be the literal manifestation of God’s kingdom that has come to pass over a period of eons, and the most exciting part is we are almost there! We listen to Jesus’ words saying that this is God’s vision for mankind. It wasn’t His dream to live in a spiritual place as disembodied spirits; His vision must manifest in the natural realm, or it isn’t real, and He will give us bodies so He can interact with His people on a physical level, and He will create that realm so that death no longer exists or is even be possible. We don’t know how something alive could remain forever, but nothing in heaven will ever see death. There will be trees, flowers, plants of every kind, animals of every kind, and people, and none of it will ever die but will remain alive and grow and increase forever, becoming more beautiful every day.

(57f) Paradox >> Opposites >> To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord – There are some things about the Bible that are hard to understand; one of the biggest conundrums of the Bible is what happens to a person when he dies. We think the Bible should have answered this above all the literature that is in the world, and it did, but the question remains: there are so many different views, how do we interpret what the Bible says? When a person dies, the spirit goes directly to heaven to be with the Lord, according to 2Cor 5-8, “To be absent from the body [is]… to be at home with the Lord.” Paul spoke about this like a light-switch; it is either on or it is off, one mode being mutually exclusive of the other. This means that either our spirit is in our body and we are absent from the Lord, or our spirit is absent from the body and we are present with the Lord. These are the only two choices, and there are other passages in the Bible that say this.

(140c) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> House where you live with Jesus

(209a) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> We go where He goes

Jn 14-1

(24c) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anxiety >> Fear of losing spiritual territory -- This verse goes with verse 27

(85m) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the old covenant through the new

Jn 14-2,3

(35c) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> God’s immeasurable generosity

(50b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The second coming of Christ

(226d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Our inheritance is reserved in heaven

Jn 14-3

(224f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> We shall always be with the Lord – The resurrection from the dead will happen at the second coming of Christ, and we will receive indestructible bodies that cannot die. We don’t know how a body can remain alive forever, for everyone we know has died or will die; even non-living things corrode and erode or else break and fall apart; everything reduces to a simpler state. We will quit breathing; all the physiological processes will stop; at death our bodies will become motionless and inert and will eventually decay, but the exciting thing about God is His perspective on life. His view is that if it doesn’t manifest in the natural realm, it doesn’t count and it isn’t real. That is what He thinks about our faith too, but it is also how He thinks about Himself and about His kingdom and His plan for mankind; if it didn’t materialize in the natural realm, it isn’t worth a plug nickel. Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven, called the New Jerusalem. After He destroys this present universe and builds a new one in its place, He will cause the New Jerusalem to settle on the new earth so that heaven and earth become one. Jesus is saying that if His kingdom never manifested in the natural realm, then all of this is for nothing, including Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. All of it would be in vain without the resurrection. Paul intimated this too in 1Cor 15-17, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.”

(231g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> Jesus is the head of His body’s kingdom >> The Kingdom of Heaven is where Jesus is

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4&5 "And you know the way where I am going." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" 

 

Jn 14,4-9

(169a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Blind to Jesus >> Blind to the glory of God in Christ – When the disciples looked at Jesus, they were seeing the Father through the Son, but they didn’t know it. Phillip asked Jesus to show them the Father. Although he had performed so many miracles, yet all they could see was His flesh. When Jesus asked Phillip, “How can you say, ‘Show us the Father,’” He was saying, ‘I don’t understand why you don’t understand.’ He had been talking to them about these things and they still didn’t get it. The disciples were not dense or stupid; they were spiritually blind, just like the rest of us. Jesus picked these guys for good reason, first of all because they perfectly represented the human race, who are just as blind to the things of God. The truth of God and His personal attributes are completely unknown to man to such a degree that without the Holy Spirit we could never guess in a million years who is waiting for us at the end of our lives. God could clothe Himself in human flesh and pick twelve people and use them to represent the rest of the world, and demonstrate the character of God in their very presence for 3 ½ years, and at the end of that period they would not be any more enlightened than they were at the beginning. This is how spiritually blind people are to the person of God, who are without the Holy Spirit. They still thought God was someone other than whom Jesus represented. How long would it take someone without the Holy Spirit to finally come to know God? Obviously it would take longer than 3 ½ years. In fact it would take an eternity. The flesh of man will never, ever understand God. If anyone understands God, it is because of the spirit of God who dwells in that person.

(175k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of what God means >> Ignorant of the meaning of God’s works – Jesus wanted His disciples to stop looking at Him with their fleshly eyes and start seeing Him in the spirit (Eph 1-18). They observed His outward form, which had a greater impact on them than the working of miracles that He performed from day to day right in front of them. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples (the gospel of John chapters 14 through 17) just days before His crucifixion, which means that He had dedicated 3½ years to His disciples, yet they were still having a hard time believing in Him. They were more convinced by what their natural eyes were seeing, a man clothed in common flesh, and this was their mistake. It was how the Pharisees and scribes mistook Him, and the mistake of the Jews and all Israel, causing them to unwittingly crucify their own Messiah. He spoke to them words that only God could say, and he performed works that only God could do, and they were still more convinced by the familiarity of His flesh than by His works. His disciples couldn’t see Him because the Spirit hadn’t yet been given.

Jn 14,4-6

(66j) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His words are the authority of God -- These verses go with verses 16&17

(91m) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The trail that Jesus walked

Jn 14,5-9

(34b) Gift of God >> God’s generosity >> Believer owns everything >> Trinity belongs to us >> Father belongs to us

(196f) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Not mature enough to seek God >> Unable to know the mind of Christ – Thomas walked with Jesus for 3 ½ years, and after so many experiences and time spent with Him, Jesus accused him of not knowing Him, saying, “If you had known me you would have known my Father also. From now on you know Him and have seen Him.” What would a man say in order to be remembered for 2000 years, and be on virtually every person’s conscience who ever lived, a man who could raise the dead and walk on water? The way Jesus spoke, especially to his disciples, was indeed puzzling, but isn’t that what we would expect from a man so futuristic and otherworldly? His disciples had no chance of knowing Him or understanding His words, because He spoke to them retroactively, as though the Holy Spirit had already come and filled their hearts with a spirit of knowledge that could interpret His words for them. Jesus knew they didn’t know what He was talking about, but spoke to them just same, knowing they would understand later.

Jn 14,5-7

(107e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Truth of the trinity >> Jesus is truth – We know that the Father is the origin of all things, including the Truth, not just because he always tells the truth, but more importantly because His Truth is infinite and eternal, as opposed to man’s truth, which invariably changes. Whatever truth man has is true at the time; give it time and it will be replaced by a new version of itself. God’s Truth never changes because God never changes. Man understands truth differently than God; man defines truth as information that is not of a lie, but God considers Truth to be something on a spiritual level, because “God is Spirit” (Jn 4-24). Jesus is the embodiment of Truth, and Jesus said the same for the Holy Spirit (Jn 14-17;15-26;16-13); so if Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both the epitome of Truth, that makes them one and the same in that sense. We can also say this about the Holy Spirit being the way and the life of God. Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (Jn 14-18). Jesus also said, “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name…” (Jn 14-26), and Jn 15-26, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.” Spirit is Truth, and the Truth is Spirit; they converge at a single point, known as “the Father,” and all things proceed from Him. The Son has always been with the Father, subject to Him, yet equal in the sense that the Father has more authority while Jesus is the greater servant. Likewise, Jesus has more authority while the Spirit is a greater servant. in the same way, the Spirit has more authority while we are greater servants. This is the hierarchy of the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no one inferior to another, balanced between authority and servanthood.

(210g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our savior >> Jesus is the only savior – God made man in His own image. Although God created the entire universe, He also created the atom and is aware of the minutest particles that we have not even conceptualized, let alone discovered. We may be tiny creatures on a colossal planet, but God is big enough that He can stand on our level and see the rebellion formulating in our hearts. Man has no idea what his rebellion entails and just how deep it goes against God. Man’s rebellion started with simply eating a piece of forbidden fruit, but what man has failed to grasp is that if allowed to continue unabated, man would eventually make an attempt on God’s throne. Man would love to get his hands on God and kill Him and reign in His place, as though he could maintain the universe that God created. This is his level of rebellion, and this is why God must subject His creation to His will in order to get along with it. God is an authority figure who is a threat to those in rebellion against Him, and this is why we must go through Christ to find favor with God the Father. If we are going to seek God’s favor through Christ, we must bow our knee to Him and admit that we are sinners in need of a savior. He will cleanse us and prepare us for heaven and perfect us and deliver us from the toxicity of rebellion, so we can freely submit to His power and rule.

(254f) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus is the manifestation of God’s life – The Holy Spirit has come in place of Christ as His exact twin, Jesus being the human embodiment of the Spirit. The way to Jesus is through the Spirit, just as the way to the Father is through Christ. In Jn 6-33 Jesus said, “The bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world,” and then He said in verse 35, “I am the bread of life.” So Jesus is the life of God, but in the same chapter (v63) He said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.” 

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6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 

Jn 14,6-15

(253h) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Father and Son glorify each other >> Father and Son represent each other – When Jesus said to Thomas, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” (v7), He was claiming to be an exact reflection of only one side of the Father, in terms of His loving kindness, His grace and mercy. However, God would be better described as a polygon (many sided). Another side of God is that He is judge of all creation, who through Christ will judge the Church and the world. He will judge us worthy of eternal life based on our faith and service in Jesus’ name, and He will condemn the world because it rejected the love of God through Christ our savior. We might say that this is the opposite side of God, His backside, but there are more sides to Him than this, sides we have not yet known, and perhaps sides we will never know. There are sides of God that we can see in the days of Moses that don’t appear in the Church age, and there are sides in the New Testament that don’t appear in the Old.

Jn 14-6,7

(245b) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Jesus is the manifestation of the Father – Jesus' three highest values are: being a shepherd to His sheep, speaking the Truth and imparting life in His creation that it might live forever. In doing these things He is acting most like God.

Jn 14-6

(83h) Thy kingdom come >> Jesus intercedes for us >> He represents us before the Father – When we think of the creation, how big and complex, and how small the atom, and how many laws the creation follows (for example, the laws of nuclear physics), and the ways the galaxies operate as an entire system of stars, it is mind-boggling. These things were obviously created by God as a person who uses certain rules, who does not change. So when Adam transgressed and rebelled against God, He could not forgive Adam or his predecessors simply through the volition of His own will. He is not the kind of person who can manipulate His own mind to believe whatever He wants as we so often do. Instead, He had to give Himself a reason to forgive us and create a system of forgiveness. He punished His Son in our place, and now that His fury is spent, He can forgive us. God knows how big He is; He knows that He is bigger than the infinite universe that He made. Tiny man thumbs His nose in rebellion against almighty God. We live on a giant planet, which appears as less than a dot in the vastness of space. Some people say that if God were truly as big as He thinks, then He should have been big enough to just forgive man for His sin. That would have worked, except that it wouldn’t have fitted with His plan for mankind to live with Him in heaven; He cannot have rebellion running His paradise.

(107a) Truth (Key verse)

(114k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Jesus is the way to the Father -- This verse goes with verse 13. When Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father but through Me,” He shut the door on every religion except Christianity. There are many religions in the world that incorporate Jesus as a mere prophet. They misinterpret the term “Son of God” to mean something other than God in human flesh, an eternal being who was never created, who was always with the Father. It is truly unfortunate, but most people would prefer to remain at arms length from God. Most people have a religious side to feel accepted by God, and they want to believe they will go to heaven when they die, but they don’t want to serve Him, and they don’t want to submit to Him, and they don’t want to admit that they are sinners in rebellion against God. They will have to humble their pride if they want to go to heaven. There are many religions that incorporate humiliation as a means of appealing to God, but God is not interested in humiliating us; He is interested in humility; there is a difference. Quite possibly the greatest hurtle in coming to know the Lord is admitting we are sinners. Most people will readily proclaim they believe in God, and of them some will say they believe in Jesus, and of them few will confess they personally are sinners. Most people don’t want to admit they are sinners, because they don’t want to change. Most don’t have any intension of giving their heart to Jesus or feel the need to be saved. They have no intension of living for Jesus and submitting to His will. That is why there are so many religions in the world. If man had an affinity for God, there would be no religions at all, but a relationship with their creator.

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7-9 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him." 8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father '? 

 

Jn 14,7-15

(207h) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Salvation authority of God’s kingdom

Jn 14,7-11

(117j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Acknowledging the presence of God – Philip said to Him, “Show us the Father and it is enough for us,” being still confined to His five senses. On some obscure level he understood Jesus to be the Son of God, as Peter did, yet he was bound to satisfying his physical sense of sight above his knowledge of Christ. Philip needed to see the truth with his natural eyes, perhaps having seen Him on the mount of transfiguration would have helped; regardless, the eyes of his spirit had not been opened. What our eyes see and our ears hear, what we smell, taste and feel, is like god to our flesh, yet what is even more like god is our fleshly mind, even if it has been brainwashed into believing a host of lies. For example, when a person is lost in the woods, he knows what he should see when he climbs to the top of a crest, having a picture in his mind how the vista should look if he has been walking in the right direction, so when he sees something different from his expectations, he considers himself lost, even though camp was at the bottom of the ridge. Instead of taking a closer look at what was in front of him, he missed the cabin with smoke coming from the chimney, the idea in his mind about what he should expect to see preventing him from seeing it, so he changed directions and walked further into the woods and got more lost than ever.

Jn 14,7-9

(209b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> Knowing about God, but not knowing God

(253d) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the exact representation of the Father – Jesus is in those of us who are born of God, and we are also in Him, but Jesus didn’t mean it that way about Himself. When He said, “I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me,” He was basically saying that it was just as much the Father standing in front of the disciples as it was Christ. That is a whole lot different from being in Christ. Christ and we are two different beings, but Jesus was not talking about Himself as a separate entity from the Father; rather just the opposite; they are one and the same person. For example, water has three phases: liquid, solid and gas, so God has three phases: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Ice is just as much water as steam and the liquid form. Therefore, an analogy for the born-again Christian experience of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer is an aquarium full of water. Open a bottle of food coloring and pour the contents into the tank and it tints the water. The water and food coloring were at one time separate, though now they are inextricably mixed together, whereas the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were never separate. They were always together and they were always the same throughout all eternity.

Jn 14-8,9

(17k) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Ignorance >> Misinterpreting Jesus – We want to read the Bible without interpreting it if possible, though there are passages that require interpretation, such as in the book of Revelation. It was written in a way that requires interpretation; that is, it was intended to be difficult to understand for the simple reason that in the last days there will be many rebellious people who will reject the truth, plodding into ruin and destruction, and God’s attitude about them is that if they insist on rejecting the truth, He will help them, according to Mat 7-6, “Do not give what is holy to dogs….” He wrote the last day’s book of the Bible in code, so when they attempt to interpret it, their corrupt flesh and the demons they serve will steer them astray. Also, the parables that Jesus spoke all require interpretation, and many have gotten them wrong. So, to interpret the Bible is to risk the truth; therefore, we should not ascribe interpretation to the passage that requires no interpretation, and this is one of those cases. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father;” if we don’t apply any interpretation, it means Jesus is God in human flesh.

(20c) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Having a mind that is unable to receive >> Being slow to understand God – It is truly amazing just how blind, deaf and dumb the flesh is to the truth of God. After Jesus healed the sick for 3½ years, gave sight to the blind, opened the ears to the deaf and fulfilled Old Testament prophecy to the letter, they interpreted Him as someone other than their Messiah. The Jews rightly understood that when He comes, He would be someone they just couldn’t miss; yet they overlooked Him anyway. They surmised Jesus as ignorable and dismissed Him. In other words they interpreted Him and got it wrong! They misinterpreted Him because He had a common appearance, being clothed in human flesh. His outward form was familiar to them; He had all the needs and bodily functions they had, and when they read in the Old Testament that their Messiah would bring in a new kingdom, coming not in weakness but in power, they dismissed Him despite His proven identity.

(183f) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Nursery for the Spirit of error >> Ignorance – They had religious leaders who taught Israel the Old Testament Scriptures and interpreted them for the people, and so they had this scenario in their minds as what to expect from their Messiah when He comes. He would be like a giant monolith in the midst of a flat plane as the only object to catch their eye, something people could not fail to notice. Missing their Messiah was the least of their worries, but what they should have considered was that He would come after centuries of rebellion, so for Him to disguise His identity to see if anyone would notice and awaken from their cocktail of self-deception perhaps should have been at least on a list of possibilities. Although their minds were filled with fallacies, they still could have taken the works that Jesus performed in their very presence, tossed aside their preconceived notions, placed a higher priority on the things they witnessed with their own eyes, and used the empirical evidence to see through the fog of false knowledge. The fact that they didn’t do this reveals the effectiveness of well-entrenched mindsets being more powerful than the evidence presented before them.

(198j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Frustrating the grace of God >> Frustrating Jesus >> Frustrating Jesus through unbelief

Jn 14-9

(221e) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides the truth from man’s understanding

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10 "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 

 

Jn 14,10-15

(113h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointed through obedience – We are not like Jesus in the sense of being without sin. Jesus came to save us from our sins, yet God's will for us is the same as it was for His Son to remain obedient in all things. If we sin, “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn 1-9). Our sin detracts from the will of God, and it grieves the Holy Spirit within us. The less we sin, the more His will becomes clear to us. Sin has an intrinsic blinding effect, so the more we sin, the blinder we become to His will. To abstain from sin does not guarantee a desire for His will or spiritual maturity. Rather, the anointing stimulates our desire and enables us to do His will. So there are two things happening at the same time: the indwelling and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The indwelling is our salvation, and the anointing is our covering, and so in that sense Jesus said, “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” Jesus lived under the covering of the anointing, and the Holy Spirit also lived in Him, and the same is true with us. God desires each of us to walk by an anointing that He longs to give us. The anointing gives the desire and ability to do the will of God, and without the anointing we cannot desire His will, let alone do it. The anointing is our covering and He is in us by the indwelling Holy Spirit. When Jesus said, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me?” He was talking about the anointing and the indwelling Holy Spirit, and He desires us to walk in like manner.

(114ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All his works are done through the father >> Jesus gives voice to His Father – The Father runs His omniscient Spirit through Christ and performs all His works through Him. In other words, Jesus is the Father’s means of expression. The Father never does anything without His Son, but uses Him as a conduit to exert His power and authority over His creation. Jesus doesn’t actually have any power of his own but works the works of His Father; he doesn’t have any words of His own but speaks the words of His Father. Jesus made this clear in the gospel of John (Jn 5,20-30; Jn 8-28; Jn 10,25-38; Jn 12-49; Jn 14-10; Jn 16,13-15). Jesus did not relate to His Father this way from the weakness of human flesh only, but has always had this relationship with the Father, and He will continue this way throughout eternity. It is the Spirit of the Father who performs the works of God through Christ. To our limited knowledge contained in Scripture the Father has never done anything on His own, because He enjoys delegating His authority, and Jesus will delegate His authority to us who have received from the Father.

Jn 14,10-12

(111h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Kingdom of God revealed >> Word plus signs and wonders – Except for the religious leaders of Israel, Jesus was warmly received almost everywhere He went, such as Bethany, Bethsaida, Capernaum, Gennesaret to name a few, but when He went to Jerusalem, it was a different story. The miracles He performed, He mainly performed outside Jerusalem. Hearing about a miracle worker is not the same as seeing on in action, and the miracles themselves, even when the people directly witnessed them, were often received as a form of entertainment. Together, though, the word of God and the miracles He performed had tremendous power to convince people to believe in Him. If a person heard the greatest news of His life, the words would reverberate in his mind indefinitely; that is what the word of God does. To the person who believes in Jesus, His words are like standing next to a giant gong as someone strikes it. Many people heard the word of God sounding in their hearts, being more convincing than His miracles, but in Jerusalem His blood was more meaningful to them.

Jn 14-10,11

(253ja) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is under the authority of the Father >> Jesus did His Father's will Without interpreting verse 9, it says that Jesus is the exact representation of the Father (Heb 1-3). Jesus is an eternal member of the trinity, not just alive forevermore, but who never had a beginning (Rev 1-17,18). These words along with so many other things Jesus said according to the gospel of John within the chapters: 14,15,16 & 17 define Jesus as God in human flesh. It would be one thing if we made up such a proclamation, but it’s another thing for Jesus to say it about Himself, which He did when He said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” When we don’t specify, the generic term of “God” refers to the Father by default, so He was essentially saying, ‘When you look at Me, you are looking at God.’ Of course there are many people who would deny this, literally every cult in the world: Jehovah Witnesses and the Mormons, just to name a couple. They are all willing to admit that their redeemer is someone less than God, thus discrediting Him and debasing their own redemption. They all renounce Jesus as God in human flesh, and that alone excludes them from true Christianity, which means when they read this passage, they interpret it instead of accepting what it says.

Jn 14-10

(110f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> Spirit speaks through Jesus – The words that Jesus performed were not His own but His Father’s; this will remain true forever. The Father gives Him what to say, and Jesus speaks the word, and the Father performs His works through His Son. That is how it has always been, and it is how it will forever remain. Jesus basically has no power of His own, so when He came in the flesh and relied on His Father, nothing really changed, for this has always been His relationship with the Father. In heaven Jesus is all-powerful because of His Father, and He is all-knowing because of the Holy Spirit who goes into the creation and gathers all knowledge in every place and relays it to Christ, who then relays it to the Father. That is how the trinity works in the age of grace, but when this age has ended, “Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father… then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all” (1Cor 15,24-29). Jesus will return the kingdom to His Father, so all things will flow from Him through the Son to the Church, and we will forever disseminate all power and authority to His creation.

(150i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word of the Spirit >> Speaking the words that God has spoken to you – When Paul commanded us to walk by the Spirit, he was talking about the anointing. Anything that manifests the Kingdom of God is related to the anointing, such as the words of our mouth that originated from God and the fruit of the Spirit. The anointing is our covering, and so is the fruit that it bears, consisting of external aspects from God that were made to manifest in this natural realm. However, our relationship with God dwells in us, protected by the anointing. The anointing is deeply affected by sin, for sin competes with the anointing for the right to manifest through the members of our bodies. When we sin, the anointing receives the brunt of its destructive power, but the indwelling Holy Spirit hardly notices. God Himself protects our salvation by His word and by His promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Instead, the threat to the indwelling Holy Spirit is sloppy theology, false doctrines and satanic deception. There are people who have an anointing who don’t even believe in such things, but because they obey the Holy Spirit, God empowers them to do His will despite what they believe. However, no one has the Holy Spirit dwelling in Him who does not believe in God.

(254i) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Holy Spirit is life >> Spirit of Jesus – The things that Jesus said about Himself in this verse are also happening in the believer, only there is a slight difference between us and Him, and that difference pertains to the soul of Christ compared to our souls. Each of us has a unique soul. Every person is different, not because of the body that dies apart from the soul, but because of the living soul that dwells in us that defines us as physically alive. It is the very essence of the person, whereas with Christ it says the Father overshadowed Mary and caused her to conceive, and the child that resulted was in fact the Holy Spirit in human flesh. The spiritual condition of the Christian is an amalgamation of the human soul with the soul of Christ, but Christ does not have a soul apart from the Holy Spirit. There aren’t two spirits dwelling in us but one, for the Holy Spirit has infused Himself with our spirit so the two have become one spirit. In contrast, Jesus’ soul is the undiluted Holy Spirit. This is partly what Jesus meant when He said, “the Father is in Me and I am in Him.” That is how the Father was in Christ; and Christ was in the Father through obedience. They were in perfect agreement with each other; Jesus wanted only to please His Father and did only that which was pleasing in His sight, and He wants the same for us.

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11&12 "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. 12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 

 

Jn 14,11-13

(146j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the Church may believe -- These verses go with verse 29. The words of Christ are just as convincing if not more-so than for Him to lay His hand on a man who was born blind and see him gain his sight, or to give a man the ability to hear who never heard a sound his whole life, or to lay His hand on a coffin and see the occupant suddenly climb from his final resting place alive. His words have the power to convince us of Himself, and He said that if for any reason we have a hard time believing His words, we can fall back on His works. He was telling them, ‘Just remember what you saw with your own eyes,’ as John said, “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life” (1Jn 1-1). It is interesting that he combined the five senses with the word of God, which are usually considered opposites, but not while Jesus lived among mortal men. The five senses want to see a miracle, but John said that the five senses witnessed the word of God, which is a greater witness than the works themselves, and this is to our benefit.

Jn 14,12-15 

(35e) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> Ask to receive – There is a pervasive teaching in the Church that signs, wonders and miracles were meant only for the apostles, that the dispensation for miracles has ended, but this teaching is based on observation and not on the Scriptures. People make up these doctrines to explain why God won’t work with them, but the reason He won’t work with them is that they won’t work with Him. Nowhere does it say that signs wonders and miracles are under a time limit, and when time runs out, miracles run dry; and nowhere does it say that it was meant only for the apostles. We see Stephen who merely served tables for old ladies, and He performed signs, wonders and miracles. We say, ‘That was back in the first century;’ yes, that was back in the day when people actually believed in God. That was back in the day when the teachings of Scripture were untarnished by false doctrine, but today so many doctrines have calved the Church into myriad denominations that nobody knows what to believe anymore. We need to leave the door open for signs, wonders and miracles, because if we close the door and say God is unwilling, we make them impossible, because now we can’t believe in God for them.

(114a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ word

(129e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Bear fruit by dying to self – To be a Christian is to be a little christ with a small-case letter “c”. Everything Jesus did His Father also wills us to do, and that includes performing signs, wonders and miracles. Nothing did Jesus do that He doesn’t expect us to do, so when Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross, He desires us to pick up our cross and follow Him, but the outcome will not be the redemption of the Church but that the world might believe that the Father sent His Son.

(206j) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to getting your prayers answered – Jesus could virtually do anything; if one of His disciples had a problem and asked the Lord, He would often solve it for him. What is the difference between that and prayer? Jesus gave us a blank check when He said, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” It was a blank check but there was a condition appended to it; we must be relatives; we must have His last name. Jesus last name is “Christ”, and the believer’s last name is Christian. Not just anybody can pray to the Lord and get an answer to their prayers, but if we believe in Jesus and keep His commandments, we can ask whatever we want and He will give it to us. When we meet His conditions, it changes our hearts, and our hearts change our requests, so we start praying according to His will, making Him all the more willing to answer our prayers.

(231c) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> God’s grace is the mystery of godliness >> God working in you is a mystery – It was statements like this that the disciples had absolutely no chance of understanding, but he told them anyway, knowing they would understand later. They must have stared at Him emptily without a clue of what He was saying, because they didn’t understand the plan of God. Not even Jesus explained the plan of God to them until the end of His ministry, when He began telling them that He would die on a Roman cross, which was the opposite of their expectations. These words went in one ear and out the other. For that matter the Church may still not understand the plan of God, particularly when it comes to the Holy Spirit. Most denominations of the Church have no idea what to do with the Holy Spirit, and those that claim they know mostly fudge their doctrines, hence have little to nothing to show for all their faith. That is not to condemn them, at least they are trying, but it shows that we are no better than Israel throughout the Old Testament in understanding God’s plan and fulfilling it.

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13-15 "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. 15 "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

 

Jn 14,13-15

(83b) Thy kingdom come >> Receiving from God through prayer >> Ask and it shall be given – Materialism is highly improbable as part of God’s plan for our lives, since He railed against the Pharisees and the rich for their love of money. That is not to say God will not give us things if we ask for them, but if we value them too much we won’t receive them from God. The object of Christianity is to assimilate into His will for our lives, which is spiritual in nature. He has a plan already prepared for us according to Eph 2-10. If we walk on God’s designated trail of good works, we will discover God’s plan for our lives and He will create in us the person He saw in us from the beginning. Combine these two promises: 1. The works that He did we will do also, and 2. Whatever we ask He will do for us if we love Him and keep His commandments. The implication of these two promises is not for the individual to believe in God isolated and alone, but is intended for the entire body of Christ to do His will. The outcome is unity, which is the focus of Jesus’ vision for His church, and so is the focus of these four chapters in the gospel of John: chapters 14-17. Chapter 17 is the great crescendo of His vision of unity. None of His promises in these chapters will ever make sense or even see the light of day without unity.

Jn 14-13,14

(67k) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> Praying in Jesus’ name – Jesus glorifies the Father when He answers our prayers; it is not begrudging to Him. This means there is something wrong with us when our prayers are not answered. There are constraints; for example, a person whose life was riddled with sin, if Jesus answered his prayers, Christ would be doing the gospel more harm than good. Some people say prayer goes unanswered from a lack of faith. What do they mean by faith anyway? Faith does more than believe; it knows things in ways that transcend the human ability to believe. How are we supposed to muster this kind of faith? It is God-given through a process of repentance and a life commitment of body and soul to serving Christ. This cultivated life is what Jesus seeks in His worshippers before He answers their prayers, so they don’t damage the name of Jesus and His gospel the next day with their sin. What if we laid hands on the sick and they recovered, and then we went on our way, smoking and drinking and doing drugs and using profanity; we were sexually immoral and sought revenge against people who would offend us; in short, we refused to bend our lives to the will of God. If people saw the way we lived and saw healing in our hands, they would think God didn’t care about sin. In other words, God will not answer our prayers if we have a poor reputation. Conversely, if we laid our hands on the sick and they recovered, and we lived a holy life without contradicting ourselves, this is the message God wants to convey to the world. Nevertheless, a person could dedicate himself completely to the grace of God and His prayers still go unanswered, because of his brothers and sisters in the Church. It is one thing for one man to live a holy life, but it is another thing for the entire Church to live holy to the Lord. That is what Christ expects of us before He will perform miracles through us, otherwise the Father would not be glorified. One man can set a good example, but it is not enough for God to perform miracles through him; the entire church needs to get behind Christ and live for Him, so God can work through us all. The people of God are all linked together as one, and each has a reputation to uphold, and the Church as a whole has a reputation to uphold. All these things need to be in line before God will work through us to perform signs, wonders and miracles.

Jn 14-13

(114k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Jesus is the way to the Father -- This verse goes with verse 16

Jn 14,14-16

(68h) Authority >> We have been given authority through prayer

Jn 14,15-24

(208h) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Relationship with God by the Spirit – Obviously, the word “disclose” in verse 21 is the key word. We could look it up in the Bible dictionary, but basically disclose means disclose. Jesus said, “the world will behold Me no more, but you will behold Me.” This is the disclosure that Jesus meant, and throughout our lives He will continually reveal Himself to us, a life-long process that is based on obedience. God will continue to disclose Himself in eternity, only not through obedience, since it will be made obsolete, but though our relationship with Him. The beginning of God’s disclosure starts right now, a process that will never end. However, these are the days that are probably more important than any other time in eternity, because we have an opportunity to show God our faith. What God reveals to us in this life will become the basis of our understanding in eternity. It is good that we are coming to know Him, but it is all for the sake of the life to come. The one who never grew in His faith, though He may have been saved for decades, this will become his standard of relationship with God in heaven. Conversely, the person who committed his life to God and did everything in his power to please Him, this will become his standard of relationship in eternity.

Jn 14-15

(89c) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Wisdom never exceeds what is appropriate

(206f) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the love of God >> Conditions to loving Jesus – Jesus makes a promise that is topped only by the promise of eternal life. It is one of the most wonderful things He has ever said, and one of the most outrageous things anyone one has ever said. Basically, Jesus has written us a blank check to do whatever we ask of Him. If that sounds a little fanciful to you, then we are on the same page. Now we are stuck trying to make sense of it in a world like ours. Does this statement depict the level of commitment God has for us? Yes it does, and it implies that we will see the fulfillment of this verse as soon as we reciprocate that same level of commitment toward Him, which we almost never see, being the reason we almost never see this verse fulfilled. What is the next verse? “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” There is the condition of answered prayer. If God didn’t set conditions, then psychopaths and reprobates would have access to the promises of God. Now only those who are fully committed to God to the degree that God is committed to us will see the fulfillment of this promise on a consistent basis. What do you think happens to a person who commits himself to this degree; do you think he will ask for material things or for spiritual things that interest God? He will ask for things that God wants to give him, which is why Jesus was willing to make this promise in the first place.

(208f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Relationship with God through obedience


16 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 

 

Jn 14,16-26

(113l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointing establishes us in His will

(228c) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Comforted >> We are comforted in the presence of God >> Holy Spirit is our comforter

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Jn 14,16-24

(34c) Gift of God >> Believer owns everything >> Holy Spirit belongs to us

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 27. Take away the teaching of the Holy Spirit from these four chapters in the gospel of John (14-17) and there would no longer be a gospel. There are many Christians today who want to somehow pattern their lives around the gospel without understanding the Holy Spirit any better than the disciples. Innumerous denominations and churches exclude the Holy Spirit from their theology, from their ministries and from their personal lives, partly because they don’t understand Him, but also because they are afraid of Him. People who live and walk by the Spirit are an exception to the rule.  

(44e) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Completed by God – Man is composed of a body, soul and spirit. We know we have a body, and there is strong evidence that we have a soul, since atoms and molecules cannot perceive consciousness, but whether we have a spirit is questionable. It actually seems redundant that we should have a spirit and a soul, unless the spirit refers to the Spirit of God. We need to realize that man has no spirit until he is born of God. We have His Spirit in its completeness, meaning we have the potential to have a complete relationship with God. 

(132a) Holy Spirit Is In God’s People (Key verse)

(132b) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of Jesus – There was something about Jesus that attracted the disciples, he Holy Spirit. The fact that Jesus was the embodiment of the Holy Spirit meant that when He promised to send the Helper, He was promising to send Himself (v18) "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." He planned to come back to the world, not as a man who can be in only one place at a time, but as the Holy Spirit, who can now be everywhere at once. Jesus claimed that His Father was in Him (v10); that is also the Christian’s claim; the Holy Spirit also dwells in the believer. The Holy Spirit does not dwell in the unbeliever, for this is what makes a person saved; it is what makes him a child of God, and it is what gives him entrance into heaven. The world says that all people are God’s children, but this is simply not true. They may all be His creation, but they are not all His children; only those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them are His children.

(155g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Holy Spirit bears witness of the believer – Someone in the flesh can’t understand God at all. Even if it were explained to him, when he rejected the offer of eternal life, he would be rejecting something that he hadn’t even begun to understand. It is impossible for the fleshly mind to appreciate the life of God. Jesus was saying that the life He offers has a value that will follow his believers into the life to come, proving that our experience of the Holy Spirit today will be the basis of our heavenly experience in eternity, which is far more valuable than anything in the world. God’s indwelling life has a value that we need to appreciate here and now, dedicating ourselves to it more than we dedicate ourselves to this world. The world heaps expectations on us: school, work, marriage, raising a family, etc., yet Jesus is saying that the value we hold on the life of God dwelling in us should far exceed the value we place on any aspect of this life.

(164h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world does not know God – Jesus said of the Holy Spirit that the world cannot receive Him, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but He said to His disciples, “You know Him, because He abides with you and will be in you.” The fact that the Holy Spirit did not dwell in the disciples while Jesus was speaking to them was the reason they did not understand Him, suggesting that no one can understand Jesus without the Holy Spirit. Throughout His ministry His disciples loved and respected Him, but understood very little about Him. He challenged the religious establishment of His day and railed against the Pharisees who held the people in bondage to their expensive religion. He was fearless and had a way with words, and He loved the poor and the downcast. He had all these qualities and many more, yet the world wanted nothing to do with Him, because according to them He had the wrong Spirit. The world by definition has not received the Spirit of God, and for this reason it cannot know Him, and in this way Jesus will reveal Himself to those only who are His without revealing Himself to the world. It is not that Jesus is averse to the world; the world is averse to Him.

(201a) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever does not receive God’s word is against Christ

(205c) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of the Holy Spirit

(205g) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> New covenant >> The new one is a better one

(207j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The generosity of God’s salvation >> Salvation is the gift of God

(217h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you never did His will

(221j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from sin >> He hides behind disobedience

(225a) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The holy of holies >> The Kingdom of God is in your spirit – The Holy Spirit is our comforter, the one who dwells in us and stands beside us through thick and thin. He is our advocate, who will not just help us in this life, but also throughout all eternity. Someone may ask, “What help will I need in heaven?” Many people may be surprised how much help we will need in heaven. The subject of heaven is nebulously understood; God will give us great responsibility. First and foremost, He will give us authority and we will be rulers of His kingdom. When we think of the blood, sweat and tears it took to make mankind suitable for his role in heaven, the horror of sin and death, man’s history of war over the millennia, Jesus coming and giving Himself a ransom for the sake of the elect, persecution of the saints ending in a crescendo of the last days great tribulation, when hell will be unleashed on earth to destroy mankind for his unrestrained fetish for darkness, God will have winnowed mankind and left those to rot in their sins if that is what they want. We will rule over a people whom God will create in the future, who will need our guidance and experience in establishing a kingdom that will forever increase. People will be born in the Kingdom of Heaven throughout all eternity, and there will be no death, and so their numbers will increase astronomically very quickly and we will build a hierarchy of authority among them, calling out many of them to become rulers of their kind. Don’t you think we will need help with that? We will need a lot of help, just like we need help in this life, only for different reasons. We need help now because of our many weaknesses and enemies and in our ministry toward one another and in the proclamation of the gospel.

(230d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of the power of God >> Partaking of the ministry of the Holy Spirit

(231h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> Jesus is the head of His body’s kingdom >> Jesus builds His kingdom in your midst

(238b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Born again >> Born of the Spirit by the will of man

(255b) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Spirit of the word >> Words of His Spirit are truth

(255g) Trinity >> Father, Son and Holy Spirit >> The process of imparting the substance of God >> Father discloses the Spirit by the word – Jesus intends to unveil Himself to those who love Him, meaning that He is hidden from those who do not. These verses make it difficult to criticize the doctrine of the trinity that claims God as three persons in one, yet it seems there is no way to deny it. It says that not just the hearer of the word, but the doer of the word is the one who loves Jesus, and those who love Jesus will be loved by the Father, and Jesus will also love him, and will disclose Himself to that person. Jesus just said He loves those who love Him, but isn’t that what He condemned in the beatitudes, teaching that to love those who love us back is nothing, but to love our enemies is behaving like God (Mat 5,43-48)? Yet here Jesus is saying, ‘I and the Father will love the doer of the word, because he loves Me.’ However, this is a different kind of love than what Jesus was referring in Matthew. In the beatitudes He was referring to an undeserving agape kind of love that involves kindness when kindness is absent, whereas Jesus here is saying He will love those who love Him by disclosing Himself to them via the Holy Spirit, who emanates from the Father. It is intriguing that Jesus can equate disclosing the Holy Spirit with disclosing Himself. He is essentially equating Himself to the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a stretch to equate the Father with the other two members of the trinity. Heb 1-3 speaks for Jesus saying, “He is the radiance of His [Father’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature,” which is why the trinity makes sense. They are one and the same with each other in three different forms.

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Jn 14,16-21

(107g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Truth of the trinity >> Spirit is truth – Jesus is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the soul of Christ. In this chapter, Jesus proclaimed to be the Truth (v6), and now He is promising to send the Spirit of Truth, saying “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Jn 14,18-21 speaks about the very essence of the trinity; for Jesus to send us the Holy Spirit is to send His very soul. If God had more than one Truth, it would break down the trinity, for the Truth acts as glue to hold all three members together. God has only one Truth, whose name is Jesus, whose soul is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not have Truth different from Jesus; rather, the Holy Spirit teaches the same Truth that Jesus does. Therefore, if someone understands the gospel in a way different from the teachings of Christ, he would be listening to a spirit that was not from God, for God has only one Truth and Jesus is that Truth. Col 1-17 says, “[Jesus] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together,” but what holds God together? The Truth does, the fact that all three members of the trinity harmonize with each other in perfect agreement.

Jn 14,16-20

(117f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His mercy

(238g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Jesus will never leave us

Jn 14-16,17

(66j) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His words are the authority of God -- These verses go with verses 4-6

(111c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of truth – Jesus gave His life for the sins of the world to rise from the dead and ascend back to the Father that the world will not see Him until the Millennium, but Jesus said to His disciples, “But you will see Me.” Even after Jesus ascended to the Father, His disciples continued to behold their savior, because of the life-giving Spirit who dwelt in them. Jesus was trying to get across to us that the Holy Spirit is not someone who was coming to replace Christ but the very essence of Jesus Himself. The best way to understand this is through the term “Son of God,” the son of Mary, who conceived a child as a virgin. It says in Lk 1-35, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you [Mary], and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” By this she conceived a child in her womb, and the child was the Son of God. What we need to understand is that Jesus had a soul just like the rest of us, and His soul was the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not need to be born-again, because the Holy Spirit was already dwelling in Him. Therefore, when Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to us, He is literally sending His very soul. Hence, the difference between the Holy Spirit and Jesus is that His body is not dwelling among us, but His Spirit is dwelling in us.

(199i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> The world rejects God >> World rejects God because it does not know Him

(244f) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Spirit is the source of eternal life

Jn 14-16

(83e) Thy kingdom come >> Intercession >> Jesus stands in the gap >> He prays for us

(114k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Jesus is the way to the Father -- This verse goes with verse 20

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17-19 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 "After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 

 

Jn 14,17-19

(118h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Giving God your attention >> Resolutely focus on the glory of God >> Focus on Jesus

Jn 14-17

(169e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Darkness has a blinding effect -- This verse goes with verse 19

Jn 14-18

(36k) Adopted (Key verse)

(36l) Gift of God >> Adopted >> We are adopted by the Spirit – Jesus demands all our attention, like a newborn baby. When we are born-again, we are babes in Christ, but the real babe is the Spirit that He gives us, and we are supposed to take care of Him. Basically, Jesus comes to each of us and asks if we would like to adopt Him, and at our acceptance, He adopts us into His heavenly family. That is the deal, life for life. Most people don’t have any place for Jesus in their hearts; their lives are already filled with other things.

Jn 14,19-24

(117h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose >> Understand God’s purpose for your life – The Father loves the person who obeys Jesus, but if our obedience fades into obscurity, referring to the reprobate mind, not even the love that God has for the world will apply to him anymore. The Father no longer has a vision for that person, because the reprobate mind is incapable of faith, like the parable of the sower, where some seed fell on rocky soil and others fell among thorns (Mat 13,1-9). They loved the Lord, but they forgot to obey Him. It is impossible for these things to happen without acquiring the reprobate mind, which is a person whom God Himself has given up on him. To lose the Father’s love is the worst thing that could happen to a person. The Father has hope for the world that some of them will come to know Christ, but He holds out no hope for the reprobate mind, because they cannot repent of their unbelief. The way to avoid the reprobate mind is to hold on to Jesus will all our hearts and love the brethren. If we do that, then there is nothing but green lights all the way, but if we start walking in habitual disobedience, we are walking on thin ice. Heb 3-13 says that sin has the power to deceive us; we start walking in disobedience, and pretty soon we tell ourselves that God doesn’t love us anymore, and then we abandon the faith, then we become victim of a self-fulfilled prophecy.

(129j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> Pursue unity in love that the world may be saved

(230h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Obey the mystery of godliness like Jesus did – Jesus said he was going away, but was coming back to His disciples in the form of the Holy Spirit, saying, “If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” He meant His Father had greater authority, but Jesus was the greater servant. Although the members of the trinity are perfectly equal, yet they have separate offices, each being greater than the others in either authority or servitude. The Father is greatest of all in authority, but Jesus was a greater servant, and the Holy Spirit was greater still as a servant of both the Son and of the Father. Jesus’ service to the Father was that He should sacrifice His flesh on the cross, and the Father honored Him above all things, which became the grounds for the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who has a greater ministry than Christ. To God servitude is equivalent to authority, so that each member of the trinity is glorified in either authority or in honor of their service, making them all equal to one another. Jesus actually says in Jn 16-7 that the Holy Spirit has a better ministry than Him, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” Not only does the Holy Spirit do a better job ministering to the world, He has a better ministry with the individual. Jesus spoke to His disciples for 3 ½ years until He was blue in the face, and they got very little from what He said, but when God released the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, everything fell into place, and they immediately understood His purpose. Therefore, the Holy Spirit has a better ministry than Jesus. Jesus became frustrated with His disciples on a number of occasions (Mat 17-17; Mk 9-19; Lk 9-41) saying, “O unbelieving and perverse generation… how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?” NIV. That is not to say the Holy Spirit doesn’t get frustrated with us.

Jn 14-19,20

(254b) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> We live because He is life >> We live because we are in Jesus – The world will no longer see Jesus because He was crucified, rose from the dead and ascended to the Father and is no longer in the world, but His disciples will see Him through the Spirit sent in His place from heaven. When He said, “Because I live, you will live also,” He was saying, ‘Since I rose from the dead and am alive forevermore, you will spiritual live even as I live.’ Through the Spirit who dwells in us we will come to understand that Jesus lives through His Father and that we live through Christ as He lives in us. John chapter seventeen speaks about His authority that He has through His Father, and in this chapter He speaks about His love and His Spirit, yet these things are basically one and the same. His life is linked to His authority and His authority is linked to the Spirit. All things are interconnected within the trinity. The Father has given His Son all authority for the purpose of delegating it to His people for the sake of establishing His kingdom. When Jesus said, “I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you,” He was speaking about His love, life and authority. We dwell in God’s life; we abide in His love, and there is only one absolute authority. The Father has all authority, and He has delegated it to Christ, who will delegate it to us, so the body of Christ collectively will have authority to establish His kingdom in love. His Spirit performs all transmissions of love, life and authority within the godhead and throughout His kingdom. Jesus is in us through the Spirit of His Father; there is no difference between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; they are all one.

Jn 14-19

(64l) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> Jesus blinds the world -- This verse goes with verses 22-24

(154g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is rebellious against God >> Witness against sin -- This verse goes with verses 22-24

(169e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Darkness has a blinding effect -- This verse goes with verse 17

(223j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the train >> Miss the invitation from God -- This verse goes with verses 22-24

(240h) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Natural disadvantage >> Natural disadvantage of the world -- This verse goes with verses 22-24

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20&21 "In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him." 

 

Jn 14,20-23

(71l) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We are ordained through obedience – When Jesus makes a distinction between Himself and His Father, identifying two distinct entities, He says, “…We will come to him, and make our abode with him.” Obviously, He is talking about the Holy Spirit representing both the Father and the Son in their separate offices. The office of the Father is the origin of God’s love for mankind and the office of the Son is the manifestation of that love. This is what we have in the Holy Spirit: the origin and manifestation of God’s love. Note that all these things are contingent on our obedience, being the premise by which the Holy Spirit dwells in us. He does not dwell in sinners but in His believers through their word (Jn 17-20). Ultimately, faithfulness is not only involved in our faith but is central to our relationship with God; these verses are the central nervous system of the gospel depicting Jesus Christ disclosing Himself to us through our obedience. God’s way of salvation is based on the cross of Jesus Christ, but our personal salvation is based on obedience, being the very definition of our love for Jesus (Jn 14-21), “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me.” That is, if we don’t obey His commandments, then we don’t love Him, and what were His commandments but to be born-again and to love one another. So, if we don’t walk in love, then we don’t love Jesus.

Jn 14-20,21

(229g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Kingdom assumes the mind of Christ >> Kingdom grows through knowledge

Jn 14-20

(94m) Thy kingdom come >> God’s perspective >> God reflects on His creation

(114k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Jesus is the way to the Father -- This verse goes with verse 26

(136j) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Body of Christ is the temple of God

(224e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> The marriage supper of the lamb – Each of us has a soul, and our soul is our spiritual identity, but that person needs to be saved, so we who are born of God also have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!” (Gal 4-6), and He has meshed His spirit with ours so we have become one with Him. The phrase ‘body, soul and spirit’ is referring to the Spirit of God dwelling in us. Jesus too had a body, but his soul was the Holy Spirit, so in that sense He needs a soul to be complete, and His soul is the collective Church. There will be a meshing of spirits in heaven at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, a celebration marking the point in which Jesus will have finally received His soul. For this reason He said in Lk 22-15,16, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” His soul is the spirit of the Church in unity, all of us collectively as one Spirit. Jesus is in us and we are in Him. The full manifestation of being in Christ will occur at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Jn 14,21-24

(114f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Receiving a revelation from God through obedience – We are comfortable with the physical realm, and find it difficult to interact with the spiritual realm. Most people would prefer Jesus came in the flesh. We think the Holy Spirit holds an inferior ministry, but that is not what Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you” (Jn 16-7). The Holy Spirit has a better ministry with us than Jesus could ever hope to have with His Church worldwide. Some understood Jesus and others did not, just like some can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and others cannot. Those who hear His voice are permanently affected whether they obey Him or not. If they obey Him, they are blessed, but if they do not heed His voice, they begin losing their ability to hear, and if they continue in their disobedience, eventually they will become shipwrecked in regard to their faith. So the Holy Spirit has far more authority over the Church than Jesus did in the flesh, because He appeals to our conscience, whereas Jesus appealed to His disciples’ intellect. Had it not been God’s plan to sacrifice His Son on the cross for the sins of the people, Jesus could have taken over the world, just as He will one day at the Millennium, but we are still living in the age of grace, which was made for the Holy Spirit to reign in the Church, who was called to reach as many people with the gospel as possible. In this way God might affect the world and bring about salvation to those who have been chosen to inherit eternal life.

(117b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke through obedience

Jn 14,21-23

(6b) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Jesus’ yoke of love

(255i) Trinity >> Father, Son and Holy Spirit >> Three in one >> God is one – The disciples had a bad habit of asking a lot of stupid questions, but Judas (not Iscariot) knocked this one out of the park when he asked Him how He planned to disclose Himself to them and not to the world. Jesus reiterated, “If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we [both the Father and the Son] will come to him and make our abode with him.” Jesus and His Father will come and dwell within the believer. Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all dwelling in the children of God. If anyone else said this, it would sound like heresy, but what do you do with Jesus, who came to teach us about God? We don’t really have a choice but to believe Him. We may not understand Him; He may not make sense to our carnal minds; it may seem otherworldly and crazy like a sci-fi movie, but isn’t that what you would expect from someone who created the universe, and life from lifeless atoms and molecules? If He were like us, we wouldn’t believe Him, yet God seems strange to us, so we reject Him out of hand, because we cannot relate to Him. Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether we can relate to God or not, we like to follow our natural proclivities, which tends to reject God, but there are those who believe, and God lives in their hearts through faith against the current of the world. The point is Jesus visited us for this very reason: there is a contradiction between He and His creation – we are unwilling to operate by His principles. 

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22&23 Judas (not Iscariot ) said to Him, "Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?" 23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

 

Jn 14,22-24

(32h) Gift of God >> Father will honor you if you die to self >> Your obedience – If we commit a sin, neither our relationship with God, nor our faith, nor our hope of eternal life is affected. It is not so much the sins we commit that have such a corrosive effect on our faith, as much as the righteousness we omit that has a corrosive effect. There are ways of expressing our love for the brethren, and when we don’t express our love, we often express ourselves in other ways that are contrary to love, and those are the ways of sin and evil. When we love God and commit sin, we still love God, but we have done something contrary to our faith. We should love one another with His passion, not through emotion but obedience. If we can’t demonstrate what God has done for us, then God says it really doesn’t mean anything to us, and if God doesn’t mean anything to us, then we don’t love Jesus, and if we don’t love Him, then the Father doesn’t love us either, except by an unfulfilled vision.

(64l) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> Jesus blinds the world -- These verses go with verse 19

(107f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing From God >> Truth of the trinity >> Father is truth – If we extracted these verses from the Bible, it would be like taking the compass from the hiker, how would he know which way he was going? These verses hit at the very core of the gospel. This is where Jesus speaks most vividly about the Holy Spirit coming to indwell the believer. He speaks about the Holy Spirit as though it were He Himself indwelling the believer, not only Himself but also His Father, and so all three members of the trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit come to indwell the believer. Every aspect of God dwells in us through Him.

(154g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is rebellious against God >> Witness against sin -- These verses go with verse 19

(223j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the train >> Miss the invitation from God -- These verses go with verse 19

(240h) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Natural disadvantage >> Natural disadvantage of the world -- These verses go with verse 19

Jn 14-23,24

(85l) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the law by faith in the cross >> Obedience represents our faith – Jesus equated love with obedience. Every time someone pledged their loyalty to Him He would answer them with doubt, suggesting that He didn’t like people telling Him that they loved Him. He would rather they showed Him their love than merely say the words. Not even His disciples were particularly obedient before Pentecost; His comment to them was, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (v15), meaning that if we don’t do what He says it proves we really don’t really love Him. This goes back to the relationship between obedience and belief; they are essentially two sides of the same coin. For us to love Jesus is to believe in Him, and to believe in Him is to obey Him. If anyone proves His love for Christ, He said that His Father would love him too, and they both will come to dwell in Him through the Holy Spirit, so that all three members of the trinity will dwell in the believer. There is perfect communion within the Godhead that Father and Son can dwell in the believer vicariously through the Spirit, making the indwelling Holy Spirit tantamount to Jesus dwelling in us, or the Father, or both. Jesus in human form is equivalent to the Father, who Himself is human, and we are made in His image. In other words, God made humans because God is human. Without Jesus we are like the beasts that perish (Psalm 49-20). Without the Holy Spirit dwelling in us we are just animals.

(114i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All His works are what the Father does – Jesus always glorified the Father, and in doing so it became His authority. Take a character like Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith show, for example, and put him in front of a couple bullies who were selling fruit from their truck on the edge of town, which was against city ordinance, undercutting local business who could not compete with low-overhead prices. Barney went to chase them down the road, and they made fun of him and threatened him with violence. At the end of the episode, Barney amassed all his courage and went back to them and pointed at his badge when he spoke saying, ‘This is my authority.’ They picked up their produce and left town, because he had the law on his side and if they didn’t do what he said, more officers would come, first Andy, then the Raleigh police. He could have as many hands on the scene as needed to remove those jokers. Maybe Barney didn’t have the personality to be an effective police officer, but he was part of a greater system of authority that was comparatively infinite to those two guys illegally selling fruit along the road. We can say the same about Jesus; He came in the weakness of human flesh and spoke to us the words of His Father. We might laugh at Him and make jokes and threaten him with physical violence, but the fact remains, He had all the authority of His Father behind Him, which was more than enough power to deal with a few sinners. Instead of protecting Him from harm, His Father raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right-hand and gave Him all power in heaven and on earth. From His loyalty, obedience and faithfulness the Father was able to trust Him with everything. One of many purposes of the cross was for God to test Himself to prove to His creation that He was completely trustworthy.

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Jn 14-23 

(70j) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have been given authority over all creation >> We are the children of God >> We have the divine nature – If Jesus is in the Father and in us, and if we are in Christ, then we are one with the Father through Christ in unity with Him as witnesses of the godhead (see Col 2-9,10). People think God is hard on us for not coming to our rescue during times of distress, but He has a very large reward waiting for us in heaven that He thinks is worth our faith and suffering. We who are born of the Spirit are in a state of unity with God. It is no wonder, then, that Jesus’ vision of His church is for us to be in unity with each another.

(111e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Father and the Son

(206e) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the love of God >> Conditions to the father’s love – We have all no doubt heard about the unconditional love of God. The question is: who invented that phony idea, because here it is saying that the Father’s love is contingent on our love for Jesus. He reiterates this fact even more succinctly in Jn 16-27, “The Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.” We also know from Jn 3-16 that God’s love for the world is based on a vision, that we might come to love His Son, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” This word “believe” in this verse is tantamount to obedience, and in Jn 14-23 when Jesus said, “the Father will love him,” He was referring to that vision fulfilled. We love Jesus by obeying Him and the Father loves us based on the fulfillment of His vision.

(252a) Trinity — Key verse for the entire chapter. The Trinity is an age old conquest that has been separating cults from Christianity since the early years of church history. Yet because of its controversial nature, it is not a well-understood subject of the Bible, even among scholars who share similar beliefs. As a way of understanding the Trinity, consider a contrasting example: identical twins, which have identical genes, yet over the course of a lifetime they deviate from each other. In contrast, the members of the trinity have converged on a singularity of personal traits. For example, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are so much alike, they don't just represent each other, they virtually are each other. What is more amazing is that this is also the case between the Father and the Son. Jesus is the exact representation of His nature (Heb 1-3), yet He differentiates from Him as far as the physical realm is from the spiritual realm. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are unlike each other much as they are alike, the most glaring observation is that one is a man and the other is a Spirit. Consequently, if there is such disparity between the son and the Spirit, there must also be disparity between the Father and Son, suggesting that we have no idea about the expression of the Father, whose closest definition is "Faith". What form the essence of faith takes is anybody's guess! We know the human form of Jesus, but we don’t know anything about the spirit realm, only that there is such a thing. When we think of God, we only know Him through Christ, but what actual form He takes is an abrupt mystery. This will be an interesting revelation when we get to heaven. Jesus said, “God is Spirit” in Jn 4-24, suggesting that if He has a spiritual side, then He must also have a physical side and a third side that is unique only to Him, all three forms amalgamated into one that we cannot even postulate until we get to heaven and see Him face to face. Even then we may not comprehend his form, though all things will eventually be revealed through the course of eternity. The Father exists in a form that most ardently represents God. The Bible says that we will have spiritual bodies; that is two of the three forms of God. We don’t know if we will ever take on the form of the Father, but we do know that we are His children and have been made in His image.  

 

24-27 "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. 25 "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. 

 

Jn 14-24

(180h) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God’s narrow way >> Rebelling against the word of God – Jesus is not talking about unbelievers but about those who claim to believe in Him. He was separating the walkers from the talkers, who claim great love for God but never show any fruit. He said in Lk 11-23, “He who is not with Me is against Me,” meaning he is just as much an enemy as His enemies. Talkers-only do more harm to the gospel than possibly any other group, proclaiming their love but hardly demonstrating their faith. They would be better using the language of an unbeliever and never mentioning the name of Jesus than to drag his name through the mud. Jesus topped it off saying, “The word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.” That is a statement of judgment. He said in Jn 8-15, “I am not judging anyone.” If we disobey the word of Christ, He won’t judge us; His Father will, which is a far greater judgment. He came to show His Father’s love for us, and He commanded us to show the love of Christ to the world. Jn 7-47,48 says, “If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” The word of Christ originated from His Father, so to disobey His word is to disobey God Himself, and for this reason His words will judge us and not Jesus. He was making a distinction between Himself and His words, saying that His words had far more authority than Jesus while He lived in the flesh.

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Jn 14-26

(109g) Spirit The Teacher (Key verse)

(109h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit teaches us about the word – Although Jesus had alluded to the Holy Spirit from the beginning of His discourse with His disciples, He formally introduced Him in verse 16, calling Him the Helper of the Christian walk. His primary purpose is to dwell in the believer and teach us the word of God. Just as Jesus earlier explained the nature of God in three persons; He is now explaining the Holy Spirit’s relationship with the word of God made flesh (Jn 1,1-14). The Spirit and the word refer to the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ working in tandem. What is the Father’s role? Jesus explained to the woman at the well in John chapter four that God is Spirit (verse 24). The generic name “God” refers to the Father. That means the Holy Spirit and the Father are one and the same person, though they occupy distinct offices within the trinity.

(114k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Jesus is the way to the Father -- This verse goes with verse 6

Jn 14-27

(24c) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anxiety >> Fear of losing spiritual territory -- This verse goes with verse 1

(35g) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> Jesus sends the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 16-24

(125j) Peace (Key verse)

(126b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> God is at peace >> The Peace of God – When Jesus said He offers a peace the world cannot give, He was referring to the peace of the Holy Spirit. Peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit. The spiritual fruit of peace belongs to us as a gift from Christ. He said to them, “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” God extends His peace to protect us from a troubled and fearful heart. God does not want us to know fear. Fear is one of a handful of elementary forces of destruction that has the power to change the course of our lives in all the wrong ways, and has the power to asphyxiate any and all efforts to succeed in positive directions. In contrast, a storm suddenly brewed in the middle of the Sea of Galilee; Jesus and His disciples were about to get swamped. The average person would have gotten flustered, but Jesus never lost His cool. God has forever lived in peace and has never known the absence of it, except when He went to the cross, and God heaped upon Him all the sins of mankind. He then lost His peace, and it was this that He feared most about the cross. He was not afraid of the physical punishment that He would have to endure, that terrible whipping that He received. He wasn’t worried about anyone driving nails into His wrist and feet or breathing His last breath, and He wasn’t even afraid of going to hell. What bothered Him was sin heaped upon Him that would alienate Him from His Father. His peace was already being taken from Him in the Garden of Gethsemane when He sweat drops of blood as He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will” (Mat 26-39). Jesus suddenly wanted to be like Abraham and let this be a dry run, a pretend sacrifice instead of the real thing, but there was no way around it. He feared taking on the sins of the world and losing the attributes of God, love, joy, peace, patience… the many attributes that people are so willing to sacrifice to accommodate their lifestyle of choice.

(165d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world has no hope

 

28-31 "You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 "Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe. 30 "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; 31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.

 

Jn 14-28,29

(224h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> Heaven is better than earth – Jesus said that He was going to the Father who was greater then Him and said that His disciples should have been happy for Him instead of mourning over the loss of Him. Jesus was saying that He would be happier in heaven next to His Father than He was in the weakness of human flesh, struggling with everyday problems. This is how we should feel about our loved ones who have passed into eternity, who were full of faith with every hope of eternal life. They have gone to meet Jesus and to see the angels and to be reunited with the family members who have gone before them. Jesus rebuked His disciples for mourning over Him. Although we miss our family members who have died in faith, we should be happy for them for they have gone to a better place.

(244g) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The word of God is eternal >> The word of God will outlast the creation

(215e) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God views time in eternity >> God sees eras as moments – “I go away and will come to you;” that is Jesus’ perspective on His second coming. He jumped over this entire 2000-year period, just took it right out of the equation and put His first and second coming side-by-side, as though telling His disciples He would return before they had a chance to miss Him. This suggests that when we die and enter eternity and we no longer recognize time as we do now, it will be like there was no time between our death and our resurrection. The disciples noticed there was a long time span between Jesus’ ascension and their own death, for some of them it was many decades, but after they entered eternity, time became irrelevant. Jesus ascended in front of them and never returned, but one day He will return, and He will bring His people with Him, and when it happens, then we will believe. This suggests that faith is still relevant in eternity even as we believe in Him now.

(215i) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Without warning >> God brings His kingdom to pass in its time – The thing about God that is so frustrating to us is that we are living in the temporal realm while He lives in eternity. Jesus spoke about a large swath of time as though it were nothing, excluding it from His discourse as though there were no time between His first and second coming. Time does not exist in eternity. Jesus was speaking according to His Father’s perspective and not on our own terms, attempting to train His disciples to think like God. He wants us to adopt His perspective, not just about time but about everything, using time as an example of the degree of change He desires in our thinking. By the time we finish renewing our minds and transforming into the image of His Son, we will no longer be the same people. God wants to transform our thinking into His own so we can communicate with Him. We all know what Jesus meant when He said, “I go away;” He was talking about ascending back to heaven after His resurrection, and “I will come to you” refers to the second coming of Christ, but Jesus said it all in one sentence without any commas, as though one event would follow at the heels of the other. It has been 2000 years and counting since Jesus went to heaven, and He still hasn’t returned. We are in the temporal realm and seeing time unfold on a minute-by-minute basis, whereas God does not recognize time at all; to Him it seems like He ascended to the father just a couple days ago. It sounded like He would go to heaven and then return to His disciples before they died; Paul thought this too as did all the writers of the New Testament.

(253b) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son is infinite and eternal like the Father

Jn 14-28

(214a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> God owns everything

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Jn 14-29

(146j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the Church may believe -- This verse goes with verses 11-13

Jn 14-30,31

(87c) Thy kingdom come >> Obey all the will of God >> Jesus obeys all of the Father’s will – Jesus was obedient in all things, primarily so the world would know He loved His Father. Note that Jesus never once said that He loved the world. Does that mean He didn’t? No, Jesus does love the world; it just means He went to the cross not in pity for the world, but in obedience to His Father. It was His Father who loved the world and sent His only begotten Son (Jn 3-16), which means even more coming from Him, since He has the greater authority. Jesus expresses His love for His disciples, but makes no claim to love the world in Jn 17-9, “I ask on their behalf [His disciples]; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom you have given me; for they are thine.” Had Jesus claimed to love the world, there would have been room to wonder whether the Father had the same affections for mankind. You can’t accuse Jesus of being without love, who came to represent the Father, and it is the Holy Spirit who demonstrates His love, ministering to the saints and convicting the world of sin. So, who should we emulate, the Father’s vision of the world, or Jesus’ vision of the Church? This is wrong thinking, evidenced by the perfect unity between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For that reason there can only be one vision, evidenced by the Church originating from the world. This is a simple a matter of emphasis on priority. It was important that the Father initiate His love for the world, since He most clearly represents God, and it was important that we understand Jesus as obeying the Father instead of acting out His own will in order to show the hierarchy of authority within the trinity. 

(164c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> The world is his kingdom – The moment darkness overtook Jesus He stopped speaking. When darkness in us overwhelms the Holy Spirit, He goes silent in our hearts. Jesus testified saying that Satan has nothing in Him, meaning that he is His exact opposite. He is the antithesis of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit that He bears in his children. He is the antithesis of the mindset of servitude and all the attributes of God.

(165g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not partake of the world >> Be in the world but not of the world

Jn 14-30

(41d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus overcame sin

Jn 14-31

(13c) Servant >> Jesus serves His Father >> He is the servant of God – See also: Ministering to God.

(144h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Word of God bears witness to Jesus

(153b) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Jesus bears witness of the Father

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