“The Battle Belongs to the Lord”
John 14:30-15:17 The complete defeat of the enemy.
The ruler of this world is coming - I’m not sure how the disciples interpreted this statement by Jesus. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Somehow, they were able to ignore or minimize Jesus statement, “My kingdom is not of this world.”
The Bible actually contains a lot of information about the ruler of this world, the Devil, and when we come to faith in Christ, released from the bondage of sin, we sometimes forget that this enemy is still prowling around seeking whom he may devour. ___________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________ I have always found it amazing that the Devil was so bold to tempt Jesus in the wilderness and then observe my own tendency to slip into complacency about the spiritual warfare active in this world. __________________________________________________________________________________ Satan is a defeated foe but he still attempts to deceive the world. Jesus is able to say “he has nothing in Me” or as the NIV translates “he has no hold on Me.”
Verse 30 describes in concise terms what is about to happen: “But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do.”
1. Jesus death is an act of love – “No one takes my life from Me”.
2. Jesus death is an act of obedience – “I can only do the will of Him who sent Me.”
The Lord is ready to take His leave: “Arise, let us go from here”, signifying that the time is near that He has been telling the disciples about.
“I Am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser”. (vs. 1) Vine and branches. Is this a parable? Is this a metaphor? I think you can say yes to both questions but let’s be clear, this is a powerful illustration of the eternal life that we possess in Jesus Christ. There are four themes which Jesus has already introduced that are going to be expanded in chapter 15.
1. Theme 1 – Cleansing – John 13:10-11- ________________________________________________
2. Theme 2 – Intimacy with Jesus and the Father – John 14:20-21, 23, “you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you”. ___________________________________________________
3. Theme 3 – The coming of the Holy Spirit – John 14:16-17, 26, “another Helper . . . the Spirit of Truth . . . for He dwells with you and will be in you”. In the context of this metaphor of vine and branches we understand that God’s life flows to us and it is the life by the Spirit that we now possess, by faith in Jesus Christ. _____________________________________________________________________________
4. Theme 4 – The command to love – John 13:34-35, “a new commandment . . . . love . . . . as I have loved you . . . by this all will know that you are My disciples”. The centrality of love in our faith is magnified in this 15th chapter: Verse 9 – “As the Father love Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” Verse 10 – “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in My love.” Verse 12 – “This is My commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Verse 13) It is sacrificial love, love that cares for others without selfish ambition; “You are friends . . . . no longer servants . . . . . a servant does not know . . . .but to friends I have made known”(14 & 15) The nature of our relationship has changed because of love; “I chose you and appointed you . . . . . that your fruit should remain . . . . These things I command you, that you love one another.” (16-17) God has hand-picked us, not because we are so great, but because we are so loved. And the fruitfulness that He intends our lives to produce will be manifest by our love, just as his love manifested salvation for all who will believe.
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