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The Comforter Will Come - John 14:16-31

Posted on October 8, 2017

The Comforter Will Come

John 14:15-31

Scripture Reading

John 14: 15-19

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

 Introduction

Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found,

Wherever human hearts and human woes abound;

Let every Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:

The Comforter has come!

Refrain:

The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!

The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n;

Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found—

The Comforter has come!

  • We come to the place in the Bible where Jesus gives the disciples and us the promise of the Holy Spirit.
  • Francis Chan has written a book called “The Forgotten God” that I have referenced in the past. It is a good read and a great reminder for us as Christ followers as we think about the quiet, but powerful work of the Holy Spirit.
  • If you are a Christ follower, you and I most of the time take the Holy Spirit’s work in our life for granted
  • He is a behind the scenes kind of person doing the work of the Father and of Christ in the hearts of the believer
    • I can so vividly remember the difference in my life when I woke up on October 8th, 1972, the night after I received Christ and the change that had already occurred in my life
    • I would go on in the early days of my faith to sense and experience the Holy Spirit at work in my life
    • He is and was my constant companion, my counselor, my teacher, the convicter of my sins
    • If you came to faith in Christ, I hope you remember the difference and the change it made when the Holy Spirit came in to your life.
    • The Holy Spirit is like the wiring in your house. We don’t tear the walls out to see the wiring but we enjoy the benefits of electricity of the power that is carried through those very important wires
      • We see the effects of the Holy Spirit but we can’t see Him or know what He is doing. He is described like the wind. You can’t see the wind but you can see the effects of it.
      • Jesus is thinking of His legacy as He goes on the cross in a few hours. He is thinking of what He will leave behind for these disciples to remember Him by and to carry on His kingdom work.
        • People in the latter part of their years often take stock and think of their legacy. Legacy means “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.”
          • People consider their finances / inheritance
          • Memories that they want to enjoy before they die
          • Character building / spiritual insights / wisdom
          • Jesus shares the legacy He wants to leave that is beyond measurement and description, the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity in the hearts of all His followers.

Purpose: Every Christ follower has the promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit who is the fullness of God in their seat of emotions.

Transition: In verse 15 of this chapter, Jesus spoke of the disciple’s love for Him but now Jesus is going to speak of His personal love for His disciples.

A supernatural Helper

 John 14:16-17

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

  • Jesus is speaking here to His disciples as an Intercessor High Priest
    • Promised to ask the Father on their behalf for the Helper to come
    • “Parakletos”– “One who is called alongside of to help”
      • The meaning of this word cannot be exhausted. It is beyond human description
      • Helper, Comforter, Counselor, Convicter of sin, Intercessor, Encourager, and Advocate (Defense Attorney)
      • Sometimes this word “parakletos” is translated Comforter. Our English word comfort comes from two Latin words meaning “with strength.” We usually think of “comfort” as soothing someone, consoling him or her; and to some extent this is true. But true comfort strengthens us to face life bravely and keep on going. It does not rob us of responsibility or make it easy for us to give up.

Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 352). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

  • I want to emphasize that the Christian life is about endurance. The Christian life is not a sprint but a marathon and the HS is given to help us along to endure throughout our spiritual journey.
  • “Another” is a very important Greek word
    • In English we have just one word for another but in the Greek language there are two words with opposite meanings
    • Here the word “another” means another of the exact same kind
    • That is very important because Jesus is saying in essence the Holy Spirit and He are the same. Both are God.
    • Very important distinction here
  • Another of the same kind that is exactly like Himself. Someone who could adequately take Jesus place and empower the disciples for ministry and encouragement

 17 Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

  • Notice the phrase “Spirit of truth”.
    • This means that the Holy Spirit illumines those who are Christ followers to understand the truths of God’s Word
    • The HS not only expects us to know the truth but live it in harmony with the Word of God. The HS never goes contrary to the Bible.
    • The world has no way of understanding the things of God. If they are searching, the Holy Spirit will reveal the Gospel to them so they can have the indwelling Holy Spirit within them if they become born again.
    • The world did not recognize Jesus, it will not recognize the Holy Spirit

Illustration: Like radio waves. You cannot use the radio waves unless you have a radio receiver that can pick up those radio waves for us to hear.

  • The Holy Spirit after the Day of Pentecost would come in and inhabit the new Christ follower in his or her seat of emotions. The place of your will.
  • Going forward from the point of salvation the Christ follower will have a sense of the presence of God in him or her. Marked by the Holy Spirit
    • It’s not that the HS wasn’t present before Jesus came and left. The Spirit was evidenced in the OT. It would come and leave people as God directed. Now, since the cross the HS is ever abiding in the lives of Christ followers into eternity.
    • Notice that word “abides” in the present tense. It is constantly abiding in you.

Application #1 The Holy Spirit is the ever-abiding presence in your life

Transition: I trust you have a deep abiding sense of the HS living in your life and showing evidence of His working in your life and the lives of others.

A supernatural Life

 John 14: 18 – 19

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

  • Like a dying father concerned for His children, Jesus does not want to leave His disciples in despair and an attitude of helplessness
  • Jesus says “I will come to you”
    • At the day of His resurrection
    • In the form of the HS at the Day of Pentecost
    • In the future ongoing kingdom work of ministry and evangelism

19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

  • “Yet a little while” – only hours remained before Jesus crucifixion
    • The unbelieving world would see Him no longer
    • The disciples would see Him after His resurrection. That is who He primarily went to after He arose
    • They would see that as He rose from the dead, they would become spiritually alive in this life with the HS and physically transformed in the life to come

Hebrews 13:5-8

5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;

I will not fear;

what can man do to me?”

7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Application #2 The Holy Spirit is the source and power of spiritual and eternal life

Transition: I hope you are tapping in to that source of power hour by hour in your personal life. God is at work all around us and we need to be ready to see what He wants us to do. I am amazed how God gives me divine appointments, intersections into people’s lives to pray or share with them.

A supernatural Union

 John 14:20-25

20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you

  • “In that day” – After the resurrection and the HS comes
  • You will know the relationship I have with my Father
    • No human can comprehend the unity between the Father, the Son and the HS
    • But, here is a big but, the disciples and us can recognize on some level the unity of the Trinity. We see that Jesus is once again answering the question of Philip in 14:8-9
    • Jesus gives another promise here. You and I would be found in Christ because of the HS
      • That phrase the Apostle Paul would pick up on and extrapolate over and over in His writings

Colossians 3:3

3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 1:27

27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

  • Think of the pictures in the NT of our relationship with Christ
    • The Vine and the Branch
    • The Head of the church and the body of Christ
    • The Cornerstone and we are the living stones
    • The Groom is Christ and the church is His bride

21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

  • Those who follow / keep / obey His commands enter into union with Christ
    • Obedience is a result of salvation and a response to the love that Christ has overwhelmingly displayed on our behalf.
    • Obedience is NOT a way to earn salvation

Romans 1:5

5 Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

  • The mark of a true follower of Christ are those who love the Father by obeying His words
  • Jesus is also saying here that to love the Father, you must love the Son. It is a package deal

John 5:23

23 That all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

  • Jesus is just full of promises in this passage. Now He says He will reveal Himself to those who are obedient followers of Christ
    • If you are open minded, seek the true God, He will reveal Himself to you.as a searching unbeliever.

Illustration: Peace Child – Don Richardson

  • In the case of the believer, He will make Himself real to you

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”

  • Judas (not Iscariot) – son of James in Luke 6. Thaddeus in Matthew 10
    • Judas thought Jesus was speaking of His return physically to establish His kingdom. Judas is saying, why if you are coming back can’t all see you instead of just us.
    • If the Good News is for all the world, why not reveal it to everyone?

23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him

  • Jesus says He will only reveal Himself in an intimate way through the HS by those who obey Him
    • This is the third time Jesus links the proof of His love for Him with obedience
    • The mark of the disciple – Are you obeying God’s commands – love for the Father
    • The mark of a disciple to the world – Love and service for one another
    • The Father will love us and Jesus and His Father will come and set up residence and live with each of us. – John 14:18
      • One of the uniqueness of Christianity compared to any other religion in the world is that our God desires to live with His created people who love Him.
      • Do you get excited that the Lord wants to live with us? Make our home with us and in us?

24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

  • This is the negative side of verse 23.
    • If you don’t love me
    • If you don’t obey me
    • We will not reveal ourselves to you.
    • To reject Jesus, you are rejecting the Father

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.

  • Jesus had been pouring truth after truth into the lives of these disciples
  • The HS not only brings comfort but also truth – 14:17
  • The disciples are still wavering in their faith
  • We see in this exchange between Jesus and the disciples that only the HS brings people to Christ. Only the HS can make it possible to be obedient. Not human logic

2 Timothy 3:7

7 Always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

I Timothy 2:4

4 Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Application #3 The Holy Spirit is the means by which we are in Christ

Transition: I hope you consider yourself mega blessed because of all the benefits you have by being in Christ.

A supernatural Teacher

John 14:26

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 that I have said to you.

  • The disciples and many of Jesus followers were baffled by all of His teaching
  • All the pieces came together as the HS revealed it to them. The disciples needed to understand three things
    • (1) His death had to occur.
    • (2) He had to rise again to vindicate His claim and demonstrate His victory.
    • (3) The Spirit had to come (He would be sent by the Father … in My name, i.e., in Jesus’ place and for Him) and interpret the meanings of Jesus’ words and deeds - Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 324). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
    • Jesus knew they would need further instruction so that is why the HS came.
    • There is that phrase “In my name”. He is saying send the HS “on my behalf”.
      • Jesus came on behalf of the Father and now the HS will come on behalf of Jesus 
      • See PPT chart
      • “Remember of all that I said to you”
        • Primarily, this is a promise to the apostles of divine inspiration for those whom would write for the Bible.
        • Armed with God’s truth and the power of the HS this rag tag group of uneducated men would soon turn the world upside down for Christ
        • But in their present moment of distress, Jesus is pointing them to the only source of hope.
        • You and I should be armed with the truth of God’s Word and His presence in order to have confidence and courage and bring confidence and courage to so many who are disheartened and in stress
        • One of the best things we can do is share positive things and provide hope for the many who are very upset at the things happening in our world.

Application #4 The Holy Spirit is the source of understanding God’s truth

Transition: Next to last, the Holy Spirit provides each Christ follower with;

A supernatural Peace

 John 14:27 – 31

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

  • Reminder of two kinds of peace
    • Peace WITH God (Romans 5:1) and the Peace OF God (Phil. 4:7)
    • We are talking about the peace of God in this passage.
    • This peace is the peace Jesus had as He endured the mockery of fake trials, the beatings, the humiliation, and the pain of the cross. He knew God was on the throne and in charge of what was happening.
    • Jesus said “My peace I give to you”
    • Not the world’s peace
      • The world’s peace is based on resources but the peace of God is based on the relationship with the Father.
        • Money, power, control, easy living, personal ability and talent.
        • The world enjoys peace when there is an absence of trouble but the Christian enjoys peace even in the midst of trials and tribulations.
        • The world walks by sight and depends on what is the here and now but Christians walk by sight and have an attachment to eternal resources.

Quote: “Little faith will take your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • Great faith in the promises of God bring great peace and confidence to the soul.
  • Jesus said do not be troubled in your hearts.
    • The Christian should have no fear about the future and no fear about death.

28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

  • Jesus says rejoice with me that I am going back to my Father. How much He must have missed His relationship with His Heavenly Father

Quote: “First, the agony of the cross, then the ecstasy of heaven. There was no other way. The passion of Christ did not merely precede the crown: it was the price and the crown was the prize. He died to have it.” – John Piper – Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

  • The phrase Jesus uttered at the end of verse 28, the Arians and JW’s jump on this to say that Jesus is not equal with the Father thus He is either less than god or they believe in polytheism.
  • But Jesus is speaking about His submissive role here on earth, not about not being equal with the Father as part of the Trinity
  • Verse 29 - Believe because what I have told you is about to happen right before your very eyes.

30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

  • The ruler of this world is coming. Judas, Religious leaders, Roman soldiers.
  • He says that Satan has nothing on me. He has no legal claim because I am not of this world and I have not sinned!!
  • In the language there is grammatical emphasis making it a very emphatic statement. Satan cannot hold Him by death.
  • Satan is alive and well on our planet right now and He is having His way more and more easily in America.

Illustration: Response to Las Vegas

  • Jesus death was not Satan’s triumph let me remind you but God’s;
    • Ultimate display of God’s love
    • Ultimate act of obedience to the Father’s will as He asked His disciples to do. Obey my Father’s commands as I do.
    • Rise, let us go from here
      • This is a transition in the narrative. They left the upper room and Jesus will continue His talk with His disciples as they walk through the streets of Jerusalem headed to the Garden of Gethsemane

Application #5 The Holy Spirit brings the peace of God that passes understanding

Transition: We go back to where we started to conclude this message.

A supernatural Love

  • The foundation of all that we have talked about is wrapped up in verse 15.

 John 14:15

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

  • Greater works – John 14:12
  • Great faith – John 14:13 – 14
  • Great love for God and His commandments
    • The Holy Spirit will come and enable you to follow my commands, do greater works and have great faith

Application #6 Our love for God is put on display by our obedience to His commands

Key Thought: The Holy Spirit is given to all who show their love for Christ by their obedience

Transition: Will you access these resources that are available moment by moment in your life by the living God living inside of you, the holy temple of God?

Three Questions to Ponder

1.    Do you have a sense that the Holy Spirit is living in you?

2.    Does the Holy Spirit aid and teach you as you read God’s Word?

3.    Do you have the peace of God that passes all understanding?

 Are you grateful for each of these three things?

  • Are you thankful for the HS?
  • Lord, help me to appreciate the HS and access the power to help me _________________________________
    • Overcome an area of sin
    • Accept the promises to give me peace that passes the world’s understanding
    • Aid me in understanding more of your Word and Your Will
    • You fill in the blank. Maybe it is just thanking God He is always with you.