Monday, April 12, 2010

Unity With The Father Enables Jesus To Promise A Future Reunion And The Holy Spirit To All Believers: John 14:1-31

Text: John 14:1-31

Theme: "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (20:30-31). 

3. Preparatory Persuasion
     C. Of disciples (13-17)

In light of His coming departure, Jesus told His disciples to trust Him (as they do God) for peace of mind (v1, 10-12, 27-29). He proved His unity with God the Father ("I in Him, and He in Me") by doing miraculous works (v11), and predicting the future (v29). Unity with the Father enabled Him to promise reunion (v1-11), and the Holy Spirit (v12-31) for their peace of mind. 

Jesus promised reunion (v1-11). Since His Father's house has "many mansions", and since He would return to the Father after His death and resurrection, Jesus would prepare a place for the disciples (v2). He would come again for them (v3), and they would be with Him (v3b). This reunion occurs in several stages. Jesus did come again to the disciples, when He rose from the dead (cf. chapters 20-21). Also, the Bible teaches that, death ushers believers into the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Further, Jesus will return for (v3) all believers (rather than "with" believers, as in Revelation 19) when He comes to rapture the church, just before the tribulation (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Jesus' "I am" statement, ("I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me") showed the disciples where He was going, and how they would get there. Jesus was returning to God the Father. The only way to get to the Father is through Jesus Christ. Though many religions teach many ways to God, Jesus said no one gets there except those who trust Him as Savior. Jesus is God in the flesh (cf. 1 Timothy 3:16), and shows men exactly who the Father is (cf. Hebrews 1:1-3). To know Jesus is to know God the Father, and the way to God the Father. Jesus promised reunion to those who trust Him as Savior.

Jesus also promised the Holy Spirit (v12-31). As a result of going back to the Father, Jesus would send the God the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts chapter 2; 5:3-4; Romans 8:9ff) to comfort believers. The Spirit's work in believer's lives would enable them to do "greater works" (v12). This may mean that the works would be greater in number (cf. the salvation of thousands in Acts 2). Also, Jesus would answer believer's prayers in connection with the Spirit's work (v13-14; cf. Romans 8:27). This seems to include requests which are made in Jesus name, and which will result in God's glory (v13-15).  The idea of praying in Jesus name probably means asking for things Jesus would ask for ("cf. chapter 17, "not my will but Thine be done..."), rather than just saying "in Jesus name" at the end of a prayer.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit would bring the eternal, indwelling presence of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--(v16-17; cf. v20; Romans 8:9-11) to believers. Further, it would bear the fruit of love in their lives (v21-24; cf. 1 Corinthians 13:1ff; Galatians 5:22ff), and give them understanding of God's Word (v25-26; cf. 1 Corinthians 2). The Spirit seeks to make Jesus--not Himself--known to the believer (v26; cf. 1 Corinthians 2, "we have the mind of Christ"). Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to those who trust Him as Savior.

Because He is One with the Father, Jesus promises believers reunion and the Holy Spirit for their peace of mind.

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