I have reached a milestone of 100 Bible Gems!
John 16:7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Advocate won't come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you. That is a significant promise to make. It is to our advantage that Jesus went away and left the Holy Spirit. Why is that? There are numbers of reason. Two that immediately come to mind in the context of John’s gospel are: 1) Greater works will you do because I go to the Father [John 14:12]
and 2) When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. [16:13]
Interesting isn’t it that Jesus said He was the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the way to God – that has been spelled out through the gospel. He is the essence of life – that has been a recurring theme through out. Now we take deeper look at the Truth concept. Remember in the Prologue we were told Jesus was full of Grace and Truth. Now we are given a threefold look at Truth and the Spirit of Truth in John 16:8-11.
And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin . . . and of God's righteousness . . . and of the coming judgment.
The world's sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.
Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no more.
Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.
Notice the links between these verses and the structure.
John 14:17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.
Ponder these interesting verses:
Joh 3:18 "There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son.
Joh 3:36 And anyone who believes in God's Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn't obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God's angry judgment."
Most of us feel judgment is a thing that happens in the future. But there is a dualism in Scripture: Indeed there is a future focus but also a very present component as well. This is interesting and requires more thinking about it. You won’t find this concept just in John, it is in other places of Scripture as well. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth but also it seems inspires different writers with the same truth. After completing the Bible Gems in John’s Gospel, I plan to move into the book of Romans next. where Paul deals with this thought deeply. Take time to read it, all through, numbers of times. Enough for now, think on these things. Ponder these things in your heart like Mary.
It's OK to let your children see you cry. Regina Brett
He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.