CONTEXT: Yesterday we concluded that the Promise of the Holy Spirit is not for everyone. It is reserved for God’s Elect. Today we end our series on the Promise fo the Holy Spirit with v.23-24 so let’s break it down:
v.23 Jesus answered 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 home with him.
Jesus answered him, that is Judas and all those in listening (as well as you and I) by reiterating (see v.21) the the conditions: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and the Promise we will come to him and make our home with him.
Jesus must depart to fulfill the Promise(s) (both that of complete redemption and the coming Holy Spirit) are The Godhead will make and does make their home (habitat) in the temple of God. Not church buildings but the Holy temple, the bodies of living saints, filled with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
v.24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
As a final reminder (or warning?) Jesus again says in a sort of double negative way, only those who keep my words really love me. Proof of our love for Christ is our obedience to His words (doctrines).
This is not some scheme dreamed up by a guy passing through time. No these words come from a much higher authority than the man Jesus the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. Although fully God incarnate, Jesus the man wanted everyone to know the authority with which He spoke came directly from God the Farther. That to go against it was to sin contrary to a mere man but God Himself.
That ends the series on the Promise of the Holy Spirit, next week will begin to look at the Roles (or Work) of the Holy Spirit.