Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part II

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John 14:16-24 (ESV)

John 14:16-24 (RVR 1960)

Context: 

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

He will sustain you!

(J.R. Miller)

“Cast your burden upon the Lord — and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

Continued at Source He will sustain you!

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 18 & 19 June

ASSURANCE KEPT OR LOST

Show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope – Hebrews 6:11

The full assurance of understanding – Colossians 2:2

Assurance hath a narrow throat and may be chocked with a small sin. – Thomas Fuller

The jewel of assurance is best kept in the cabinet of a humble heart. – Thomas Watson

RUMOR

Rumor shall be upon rumor – Ezekiel 7:26

One eye witness is better than ten ear witnesses. – Thomas Adams

An ill report is soon raised but not soon laid. – George Swinnock

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 22 March

     REPENTANCE AND PARDON

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:7

Though God promise forgiveness to repenting sinners, yet God promiseth not tomorrow to repent in. – George Swinnock

              Upon the two hinges of faith and repentance do all the saving promises of the Bible hang. – George Swinnock.

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 01 & 02 March

p-day-by                          HASTE

He that believeth will not make haste – Isaiah 28:16

 Be not rush with thy mouth, and let not they heart be hasty – Ecclesiastes 5:2

 The best that can come from rashness is repentance. – John Trapp

 Devotion without discretion is like a hasty servant that runs away without his errand. – Thomas Adams

 VOWS AND SWEARING

 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it – Ecclesiastes 5:4

 Swear not in jest, lest you go to hell in earnest. – John Trapp

 One vow made and kept after the tempest is worth a thousand promised in the same. – Thomas Fuller

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 21 & 22 February

p-day-byFAITH AND HOPE

Faith and hope 1 Peter 1:21)

 Hope is never ill when faith is well. –  John Bunyan

What trust believes by faith, it waits for by hope. – Robert Mossom

 Faith comes by hearing, hope by experience. Faith fights for doctrine, hope for reward. – John Bunyan

 PRESUMPTION

 The soul that doeth…presumptuously… shall be cut off – Numbers 15:30

And thou sadist, I shall be a lady forever – Isaiah 47:7

Turning the Grace of our God into lasciviousness – Jude 4

I sit a queen… and shall be see no sorrow – Revelation 18:7

 It is not for every private soldier in every danger to make judgement of the battle. – John Owen

 He that sins because of mercy is like one who wounds his head because he has plaster. – Thomas Watson

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