In our last study together …
John 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
With this background we read…
John 15:26 But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
But: In CONTRAST to this dark world that hates Jesus and us! The Holy Spirit is ACTIVELY testifying and pointing people to the truth of Jesus!
Significant! 5 times on the night before His crucifixion Jesus teaches us about the Holy Spirit. Why is this repeated?
# 1: John 14:16-17 I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
- Each time… we see the TRINITY!
- Each time… the PERSON of Holy Spirit. He! Him!
- The Holy Spirit in you?
Ephesians 1:13 In Him YOU also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
# 2: John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
- Again… we see the TRINITY!
- Again …the PERSON of the Holy Spirit. He!
- The Holy Spirit TEACHES us & REMEMBRANCE
# 3: John 15:26 But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
- Again we see the TRINITY!
- Again we see… The PERSON of the Holy Spirit. He!
- He TESTIFIES of Jesus!
John 15:27 And you ALSO will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
One of the main ways that the PERSON of the Holy Spirit TESTIFIES to others of the TRUTH of Jesus is through us bearing witness of Jesus!
We are NOT called to be judges or attorneys BUT we are called to be witnesses!
We EACH have a story to tell! Our story, when told, shines a LIGHT that enlightens OTHERS by the Holy Spirit.
John 16:1-2 These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble (abandon your faith). They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
John 16:3-4 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. “And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
John 16:5-6 But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, “Where are You going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
# 4: John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your ADVANTAGE that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
This is 4th time (16:7-11) the night before His crucifixion that Jesus teaches us about the Holy Spirit.
The Greek word “Helper” here literally means “One called alongside to help”
Just as Jesus walked alongside the 12 apostles, the PERSON of the Holy Spirit is now alongside us!
- To be led by the H.S. (Romans 8:14)
- To learn to be in step with the H.S. (Galatians 5:25)
- Ears to hear what the H.S. is saying. (Revelation 2-3)
John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment…
John 16:9-11 …of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
John 16:12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
This is 5th time the night before His crucifixion that Jesus teaches us about the Holy Spirit..
# 5: John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
The Holy Spirit is NOT a force, NOT an essence, NOT an it, but a person. He is the 3rd person of the Trinity.
You can’t have COMMUNION with a force, or an essence, or an it! But our COMMUNION is with the person of the Holy Spirit! He!
2 Corinthians 13:14 The GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the LOVE of God, and the COMMUNION of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
John 16:14-15 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
John 16:8 And when He has come, He will CONVICT the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
John 16:9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
John 16:10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
John 16:11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Matthew 25:41 Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. This is the second death.
Revelation 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.