“Why Me and Not Them?”
John 14:22-31 Another disciples question.
The fifth disciple who asks a question – Judas (Hebrew), Thaddeus (Greek).
“Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world.” The word translated manifest, used here in verse 21 and 22, is ‘emphanizo’, ______________________________________ Jesus answer is typical of what we observe in the Gospels. It often looks like He avoids the question or asks a question by way of answering but when you dig in deep you can understand that what He provides is really aimed at the heart of the question. “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word”.
Keeping the word requires more than just knowing it. The benefit of keeping the word, verse 23:
1. The Father will love us. _____________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________ Zephaniah 3:17 provides a Hebrew backdrop for this understanding: “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
2. God will come to us. _______________________________________________________________
3. Our home will be with Him. Jesus has begun unfolding the role of the Holy Spirit, John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”
Verse 24 uses contrast to make the point: “He who does not love Me does not keep my words.” Nowhere has this principle been more displayed than in the life and ministry of Jesus, which is the point He makes in the rest of this verse, “and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” ______________________________________________________________________________ D. We established last week that the term Paraklete, that John uses here, applies to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This is illustrated in verses 25 and 26. “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.” Jesus speaks the words of His Father. In verse 26 He describes what the Holy Spirit will do with these words:
1. Teach you all things – the counselor will teach us the meaning of what Jesus said.
2. Bring to your remembrance – ________________________________________________________
Peace I leave with you – Jesus says we can have the peace that comes from Him. His peace comes to our aid in two distinct ways:
Let not your heart be troubled – ________________________________________________________
Neither let it be afraid – _______________________________________________________________
It’s in this context of His provision of peace that He tells the disciples again that He is going away (vs. 28) and that the reaction should be joy, because He goes to the Father. Love produces joy. It is the first listed fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22 Then He says something that is a theological difficulty in some ways: “For My Father is greater than I”. This is important to consider since this portion of verse 28 has been used by some heretics and cults to claim that Jesus is saying He is not God, therefore, the Trinity is not a biblical concept. ___________________________________________________________________ The Apostle Paul grappled with this concept in Philippians 2:5-11, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
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