Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part III

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December 5, 2019 by directorfsm

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John 14:16-24 (ESV)

John 14:16-24 (RVR 1960)

CONTEXT:

In Tuesday’s devotional we looked at verses 18-20 and discussed how Jesus was concerned about leaving the Apostles and disciples because of their spiritual immaturity. Of course Jesus (as part of the Godhead) had a plan all ready in place to send a helper/comforter in the Holy Spirit. Today we look at verses 21 and 22, so let us break it down:

v.21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, have you ever know someone who could spout scripture like no tomorrow but could not walk the walk the spoke of in the least? That is what Jesus starts verse 21 with here. It is one thing to know the commandments (even Satan himself knows them) it is another thing altogether to keep them daily.

Why do we need to both talk the talk and walk the walk? It demonstrates to the world  he it is who loves me. Listen Jesus already knows everything He does not need outside confirmation, but the world that is a different story. 

And he who loves me will be loved by my Father; we who were lost are reconciled to the Father only through Christ Jesus the Son. (Romans 5:10

and I will love him and manifest myself to him, For all those “seeker sensitive” types here is your answer, you want to know Jesus {have His} commandments and keeps them. Jesus makes it real plain and simple He will reveal Himself, [I will make Myself real to him] (AMP); to those who know and obey the commandments. (see v.22 #2 below)

v.22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 

What an astute question. Judas asks how can it be that you will manifest, (Greek Emphanizo; 1. to manifest, exhibit to view 2. to show one’s self, come to view, appear, be manifest 3. to indicate, disclose, declare, make known) yourself to us and not the whole world? A very logical question considering what we read back in verse 19; Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live, they are waiting or better hoping for the answer. 

There is a twofold answer here that need be explained: 

    1. The followers of Jesus that are His chosen, those that the Father have given Him, John 6:37-39 are the ones that will {have His} commandments and keep them. Those in the world will always do worldly things. Oh they may occasionally do something “good” but it is never biblically Good because it is never for the glory of God.  
    2. This also speaks of the exclusivity of the Promise of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus after the resurrection and Pentecost will only manifest himself to true repentant believers. You can’t fake it to make it in Christ’s Army. There will always be those who know scripture and the commandments (v.21) but can not walk the walk of Faith. There is no evidence of God’s redeeming Grace in them at all. 

In conclusion, the Promise of the Holy Spirit, is not for everyone. Jesus reserves it for those who are redeemed by Grace alone, through His Blood alone to God’s Glory alone. It is those that will have, keep and cherish His Commandments. 

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