Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part II

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John 14:16-24 (ESV)

John 14:16-24 (RVR 1960)


Yesterday we discussed how Jesus promise to send a replacement Helper/Comforter to the Apostles and Disciples. Today we expand on that some:

v.18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Here again Jesus reiterates His promise but in a different manner. I like the way the (AMP) bible renders this verse; “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you. I think it gives us some insight into how Jesus viewed the Apostles and Disciples like little children. These were obviously grown men and women who were following Jesus all around Judea but spiritually they were as babes.

Note that Jesus says I will come to you, this is both a foreshadowing of the resurrection appearances and the coming of the indwelling Holy Spirit. 

v.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. 

Soon and very soon, the world that sees only with clouded eyes will no longer see Jesus, they will think Him dead. They (the world) will also treat all believers as dead to them.

Yet He, Jesus, tells the Apostles and Disciples (and all true believers) that; you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.  Because Jesus has risen and sits at the right hand of the Father, and by His sacrificial blood at Calvary, we too are alive in Christ. 

v.20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

In that day, what day is this that Jesus speaks of, I believe it can only be the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 1:1-11 the day when Jesus fulfill the promise and all things are made clear. 

John Gill writes: At that day ye shall know,…. The things they should know, or the objects of knowledge are,

that I am in my Father; in his bosom, in union with him, partaker of the same nature, perfections, and glory with him, and equal to him:

and you in me: that they were in union with him as the branches in the vine, and as the members are in the head, and how they were loved in him, chosen in him, righteous in him, risen with him, and made to sit together in heavenly places in him:

and I in you; formed in their hearts, living in them, dwelling in them, as in his temples, and filling them with grace and glory. The knowledge of these things promised, designs a more clear and distinct knowledge of them; something of them was known already, but not so perfectly as should be hereafter; and this does not suppose that these unions between the Father and Christ, and between Christ and his people, shall then begin to be; for as the union between the Father and the Son is as eternal as themselves; so the union between Christ and his people, as he is the head and representative of them, is as early as his investiture with the office of a Mediator, and his suretyship engagements for them, which were from eternity; and are the ground, and foundation of his being in them, and they in him in the effectual calling; nor does it suggest that they shall begin to be known; only that they shall be known in a more perfect manner: the time when this will be, is “at that day”: meaning either when he should “live” in the body again, be raised from the dead, when he should he declared to be the Son of God with power, when it would appear, that he had the same power with the Father, by raising himself from the dead, and when he would rise as a public head representing them, for their justification, and they should see themselves justified and discharged in him; or the day of “Pentecost”, when “the Spirit of truth”, he promises to pray for, should come to them in an extraordinary manner, and lead them into the knowledge of these things; or the last day, the resurrection morn, when, by virtue of union to Christ, the saints shall rise and “live” with him for ever, and shall have a perfect knowledge of these several unions; see John 17:21.

In conclusion today’s study revealed that Jesus was very concerned about the well being of His followers. He considered them immature in their faith and wanted to reassure them that after His departure they could count on Spiritual help and comfort even if He was not physically present. Interestingly He warns them they may not fully understand all this until he is gone.




Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part I

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John 14:16-24 (ESV)

John 14:16-24 (RVR 1960)

Over the next week or so (?) we will be looking at the Holy Spirit. I have not settled upon the exact topics but the first two (from John 14) are clear, the Promise of and the Roles of.

CONTEXT:  John has just finished telling of Jesus’s most dogmatic, and maybe the most dogmatic statement in history v.6 I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  Then Jesus tells his disciples that He and the Father are one V.7-14 but in a very interesting way. He almost insults them by implying the do not really know Him, v.7 If you had [really] known Me, you would also have known My Father and again in v.16 “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.

These may seem like strange comments but we must remember Jesus had many disciples (followers who wanted in on the action) who looked for “God” in all the wrong places. We will read about on in v.22, one who did not really know Jesus or follow the commandments.

Jesus is not one to leave His true disciples past, present or future hanging so He makes a Promise of a Holy Spirit let’s break it down:

v.16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—

The KJV, renders the opening of this verse “And I will pray the Father,”  and while most modern translations have stopped using “pray” i think they are wrong. The Greek word is Erotao, yes it means to ask but in a manner that is to beseech, beg, entreat someone. That is to ask with dutiful purpose as in prayer. Jesus had a dutiful purpose for asking God the Father to send the Holy Spirit. 

and He {the Father} will give you another [a]Helper; other translations like the KJV render helper as Comforter.  Note that Jesus’ statement makes note that He is the current helper/comforter but as already discussed at the beginning of this chapter He must go away and so the need for a new Helper/Comforter. 

John Clavin in his commentary says: Here he calls the Spirit the gift of the Father, but a gift which he will obtain by his prayers; in another passage he promises that he will give the Spirit. If I depart, says he, I will sendHim to you, (John 16:7.) Both statements are true and correct; for in so far as Christ is our Mediator and Intercessor, he obtains from the Father the grace of the Spirit, but in so far as he is God, he bestows that grace from himself. The meaning of this passage therefore is: “I was given to you by the Father to be a Comforter, but only for a time; now, having discharged my office, I will pray to him to give another Comforter, who will not be for a short time, but will remain always with you.”

v.17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.

Note the promise is not for everyone, Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive. God will shed His Grace upon whom He chooses in any manner He chooses. Here Jesus makes it plain the Holy Spirit is not for the worldly because it does not see Him or know Him. Only those who have been born of water and Spirit (John 3) have the Holy Spirit remain{ing} with you continually and will be in you.  John Gill in his commentary says: for he dwelleth with you; he is an inhabitant in your hearts, he has taken up his residence in you as his temples:

Jesus had one mission on earth, to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) but many taskings under that mission. One of which was to train up the Apostles and disciples to lead the church when He departed. Another was to provide comfort to them as they went through life’s daily struggles. Jesus knew once He left things were not going to change, folks would still have struggles so He promised to send the third person of the trinity you another [a]Helper/Comforter, the Holy Spirit. 

ALEXANDER MACLAREN Commentray John 14:16-17

When Trouble is Near

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Don’t be far from me, because distress is near and there’s no one to help. (CSB)

No estés lejos de mí, porque la angustia está cerca, pues no hay quien ayude. (LBLA) 

There is an old adage in the military that goes “there are no atheists in foxholes.” While the exact origins can not be determined the context is pretty clear, in times of extreme duress, fear or stress men (mankind) will turn to (hope in) God to get them out of their present situation. The problem is most don’t give a hoot about God the moment the crisis is over. 

Our Bible verse for today is different. David begins this Psalm asking v.1  My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? Sound familiar, it should this was repeated by our Lord and Savior on the Cross.  David feels alone and abandoned, he has been calling out to God v.2 but appears to ignore his pleas. 

In v.3-8 David recalls, his lowly position in life how he has endured scorn and ridicule, again the parallels to Christ can not be missed. Then in v.9-10 he shifts gears a little and acknowledges God’s divine hand in his life from birth forward. Once again the comparisons to Christ are undeniable. 

Finally in our main text v.11 David cries out:

Don’t be far from me; His fear is that God has abandoned him, his prayer is that He would be near. This should be the daily prayer of every believer, to have God by our side through thick and thin. 

because distress is near; Why do we need God near, because distress or trouble is always nearby. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Listen the devil is not about to come up introduce himself and say I am hear to make you do sinful (evil) things. Trouble come in many forms and many are so sneaky and underhanded your are not even aware your doing something wrong until it is too late.  

and there’s no one to help; Who are you going to call on, that neighbor or family member or battle buddy that is living in the world? Yes I know as Christians we have a Church family we can count on BUT nothing compares to the helper we have in Christ  John 14:16 (AMP) And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— 

I encourage you as did the Psalmist (105:4) to daily; Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David Psalm 22


More Than A Comforter

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 But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. (AMP)

This is not one of the verses in (at least so far) Grace to You’s series, Frequently Abused Verses that we have been posting, but it very well could be.

Some seem to think that Jesus’ words here He will teach you all things, means just that emphatically, I need no one or nothing else. No formal education, no understanding of scripture just my bible and the Holy Spirit. 

First that is a very biblically unsound idea Jesus, the 12 Apostles, Paul and all the great theologians of the church have all been taught scripture by others with the Helper, the Holy Spirit of course as their guide.

Secondly context, context, context; Jesus is making a reference to what he has taught them, nothing more or less. The Holy Spirit is not there to help us teach us some new revelation, some hidden secret in the bible. His presence is to help us (those who truly worship Christ as Lord and Savior) to remember and understand His teaching that we may follow His example. 

The Holy Spirit our; Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) is such an amazing gift from God we need not true and abuse this gift but use it to His Glory.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things – see the notes at John 14:16-17.

And bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. As the Son came in the Father’s name, so the Father was to send the Spirit in the Son’s name, with like divine authority and power-to do two great things. First, to “teach them all things,” and second, to “bring to remembrance all things whatsoever Christ had said to them.” So imperfectly did the apostles apprehend what Jesus said to them, that to have recalled it all to them merely as it fell on their ears from their Master’s lips would have left them the same half-instructed and bewildered, weak and timid men, as before-all unfit to evangelize the world either by their preaching or their writings. But the Spirit was to teach as well as to remind them-to reproduce the whole teaching of Christ, not as they understood it, but as He meant it to be understood. But does not the promise of the Spirit to “teach them all things” mean something more than “to bring all things to their remembrance?” This promise at least does not; because the sense plainly is, “He shall teach you, and bring to your remembrance all things whatsoever I have said unto you” – the teaching and the recalling relating to the same things, namely, all that Christ had said to them.

Thus have we here a double promise with reference to our Lord’s actual teaching-that through the agency of the Holy Spirit it should stand up before their minds, when He was gone from them in all its entireness, as at first uttered, and in all its vast significance as by Him intended. Before the close of this same discourse, our Lord announces an extension even of this great office of the Spirit. They were not able to take in all that He had to tell them, and He had accordingly withheld some things from them. But when the Spirit should come, on His departure to the Father, He should “guide them into all the truth,” filling up whatever was wanting to their complete apprehension of the mind of Christ. (See the notes at John 16:12-15.) On these great promises rests the CREDIBILITY, in the highest sens e of that term, OF THE GOSPEL HISTORY, and so, its DIVINE AUTHORITY.





Sometimes we need a boost

May 13

Psalms 61:2 
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Eric ran back and forth behind the crowd. The parade was coming, and he really wanted to have a good spot to watch it from. Everyone was so much taller than he was. Wherever he went, somebody was standing in front of him. In frustration, he began to cry. Suddenly, two strong hands lifted Eric up and placed him on shoulders high up above the mass of people. From the vantage point of the stranger’s shoulders, the entire parade was easy to see.

Sometimes we need a boost. Problems loom too large, and we can’t see our way around them. Pressures build up, and we don’t feel big enough to cope with them. God sees all that and He is ready to lift us up; to give us a new vantage point. Reach up to the Lord, and He will lead you to Himself, a rock which is higher than any problem we might have.

Prayer: Pick me up, Lord, and hold me in Your loving arms. Protect me from the pressures of the day, and remove the heaviness from my heart. Inspire me with the knowledge that You and I together can handle anything. Amen.