ST. JOHN 14 & THE HOLY SPIRIT
St John 14. Jesus put the father to the forefront, Jesus here saying with all assurance to his disciples my time with you have come to the end. After Malachi the God of heaven have been silent but the promise to send another prophet and of the Messiah was still been preach. John the Baptist came and introduces the Lamb of God to the world this was confirmed at Jesus Baptism. The essence of Jesus visit was neither to take the focus from the God of the Old Testament nor to replace him, but was to reveal God, yea to show the love of God and to remind them of his promises. Jesus visit serves as wakeup call and redemption for mankind. Jesus was more than a prophet he is the savior of mankind the Son of God the soon coming King.
St. John 14 Under Investigation
Jesus was all about the Father, like a child bragging my father is a rich cop he takes care of us and takes us to the movies, something like that. Here Jesus highlights the Father, and gives assurance that the father will never leave them although He Jesus must go for a short time.
John 14:5-6 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? :6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus gives us a clue He was going to the Father.
John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. This verse is said of many that Jesus is saying he is the Father. But no, that is not what he was saying and the disciples never drew that conclusion so why should we. The following verse reveals: John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. So you see they didn't draw the wrong conclusion like modern day Christians.
So Jesus continues to explain,
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? :Still Jesus have not said He is the Father oh no, but rather that He was in Him. 10: Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?
Now Jesus went on just talking about The Father saying to his friends, look it was not just me nor all about me, the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Jesus knowing he was going away now casting their eyes and attention to the Father. But Why Now? Their main strength, their master and chief cornerstone was going, he said, John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
BUT How will he come again?
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; This is the text that I pray that you all will come to understand.
The context is that while Jesus was here, God the Father spoke, healed, and taught them through Jesus Christ, in other words the father was with them all this time in Christ. So although Jesus was their comforter there and then, the Holy Spirit is the comforter that will come and the Father will remain with them and abide with them forever. For up to this time the Holy Spirit was not yet given to the world. It was still been reserved.
Now remember Mat_1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Jesus also assures them that he too will come and be with them, John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come .
So is this to say that there are 2 Holy Spirit in us may God forbid, one Holy Spirit that provides the means by how the Father and Son abide in us. So the Holy Spirit serves as an access.
Eph_2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Eph_1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
The Holy Spirit seals and the Only person that was promise was Jesus Christ and it is said that John_3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. So God can measure a portion of the Spirit that He gives to us that asked.This does not sound like a person to me.
Luke_11:…: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
So The Father Gives the Holy Spirit to all them that asked so there are many Holy Spirits but yet the Bible never pluralize the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that there is only one spirit Eph_4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
To help us to understand the Holy Spirit it is important that we examine the following scripture, Mar_1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. And Act_1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
The Holy Spirit is compared to Water something that we are baptized with by Jesus. Now take notice, what was said by God,
Pro_1:23 ……: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Joe_2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joe_2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Once again this is the Spirit of God and not a person and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters in Genesis 1.
Holy Spirit A Person?
But one would still argue that the Holy Spirit must be a person because it teaches, you can lie to it, grieve it, etc.
John 14:26 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. In line with all the other verses in this chapter we must accept that the “He” here as in “he shall teach you all things……” is referring to the father.The Father alone knows all things. The Father is the only one above Jesus Christ. In the Beginning was the Word and God and the Word was also God. Jesus and God were the only two beings yet the Holy Spirit was the Power. Just as How we can't see electricity but it is there without this power nothing would be possible.
Jesus been their teacher while he was with them now says to them that the Father will now teach you and bring back things to their remembrance.
Jesus continued to expound on the Father throughout chapters 15 and 16. Great are the works of God. No wonder Peter said, Act 5:4 ………. hast not lied unto men, but unto God. So I say the Holy Spirit is the Power, extended force of God by which He abides and Commune with us. The Holy Spirit is what binds the family of God it acts as the unit. Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
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