|John 16 |
1 "These things have I spoken to you, so that you will not be offended [and lose faith].
2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God.
3 They will do all these things to you because they have not known the Father or me.
4 I have told you of these things so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. I did not tell of these at the beginning, because I was present with you.
5 But now I go my way to Him who sent me; and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'
6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is advantageous for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.
8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong [reprove all men] concerning sin, and concerning righteousness, and concerning judgment.1 [Every man has his day of visitation from the Holy Spirit, when he hears the Lord's quiet and anonymous reproofs. Those, who do not believe Him, (his words of reproof), remain in condemnation. But if a man heeds His reproofs, the Lord pours his Spirit and words on him, Pro 20:23,33; teaching a man how to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; to then finally judge a man, gathering his wheat, (his works of love, energized and motivated by operational faith), into the barn and burning up the chaff (works of sin) with unquenchable fire — the Holy Spirit's baptism of death to the selfish spirit of Satan in a man.]
9 Of sin, because they do not believe in me. [When a man hears the gentle, anonymous call to forsake his evil ways, if he repents, God gives him more of His spirit and hunger to seek Him. Those, who do not believe Him, (the Lord's words of reproof), and continue sinning until death, suffer a hard judgment; and the words that man heard and ignored will be remembered, which same words will judge him, John 12:47-48, to his great shame and sorrow. The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5. For everyone who does evil deeds (sins) hates the light (so hates Christ, who is the light) and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved. John 3:20. If we heed His reproofs and seek His kingdom and His righteousness as our life's first priority, by doing the one thing needed, (to sit at his feet and listen to His spoken words, Luke 10:39-42 ), grace first teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, removing the sins from our heart, one at a time; this function of the Holy Spirit is named the Ministry of Condemnation.]
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more. [Then the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and speaking from in the name of Jesus, having first redeemed us from all sin and purified us, teaches us how to live soberly, godly, and righteously in this present world, Tit 2:11-14; so that we are eventually able to practice righteousness, just as Jesus practiced it: let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He (Jesus) is righteous. 1 John 3:7. This function of grace, teaching us how to practice righteousness, is named the Ministry of Righteousness, which is much more glorious than the Ministry of Condemnation.]
11 Of judgment,2 because the ruler of this world [in every man] has been condemned. [The Spirit of Satan is in every man's heart, making man a slave to sin, until the Lord gradually purifies a man; and then upon his second appearance in your heart, when he brings salvation to those expecting and waiting for him, he crushes Satan under your feet, and destroys him with the brightness of his coming. 2 Cor 4:6, Heb 9:28, Rom 16:20, 2 Thes 2:8]
12 I have many things yet to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 However when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.3 For he shall not speak of himself, but he shall only speak what he hears; and he will show you things to come. [From the word of the Lord within: "Truly, I say to you, all the truth is magnificent; you will marvel when you see it. There are those who profess to know truth, only having knowledge of the Bible. It is no value to me to know truths and not know the Lord. Do you know him or just pretend to know him; to know him is to have met him and listened to him. Seek the meeting. To be in Jesus is to be in truth."]
14 He shall glorify me; for he shall take from me what is mine, and shall show it to you.
15 All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said, that he shall take of what is mine, and shall show it to you.
16 In a little while you will not see me; and then in a little while longer, you will see me, because I am going to the Father."
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, "What is this that he said to us, 'In a little while you will not see me; and then in a little while longer, you will see me, because I am going to the Father?'"
18 Therefore they said, "What does this mean, 'A little while?' We cannot understand what he has said."
19 Now Jesus knew that they were wanted to ask him, and said to them, "Do you inquire among yourselves of what I said, 'In a little while you will not see me; and then in a little while longer, you will see me?'
20 Truly, truly, I say to you that you shall weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 When a woman is in childbirth, she has grief, because her hour has come; but as soon as she has delivered her child, she does not remember the anguish, for joy of a child having been born into the world.
22 Therefore now you have grief; but I will see you again, and then your heart will rejoice, and no man will take this your joy from you.
23 When that time comes, you will have no questions for me. Truly, truly, I say to you that my Father will give you whatever you shall ask Him in my name.
24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name; now ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 I have spoken these things to you in proverbs [vague language]; but the time is coming, when I shall no longer speak to you in proverbs [vague language], but I shall plainly tell you about the Father.
26 At that time you shall ask in my name; but I am not saying to you that I will [of necessity] then ask the Father on your behalf.
27 For the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came out from the Father.
28 I came forth from the Father, and have come into the world; again, now I am leaving the world to go to the Father."
29 Then his disciples said to him, "Lo, now you are speaking plainly, and do not speak in proverbs [vague language].
30 Now we are sure that you know all things,4 and there is no need for any of us to ask further questions; by this we believe that you came forth from God."
31 Then Jesus said to them, "Do you now believe?
32 Look, the hour comes. Yes, the hour has now come that you will be scattered, every man to his own home, and will leave me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 I have spoken these things to you so that in me you might have peace.5 In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer because I have overcome the world." [To have peace from God, you must be freed from all sin to be in Christ. To be in Christ, the love of God must be perfected in you, so that you become an entirely new creature; so that you no longer walk and speak according to your will, but the Spirit gives you all words to speak and shows you all deeds to be performed. The peace from God is superior to all your mind's thoughts, keeping your heart and mind quiet and worry free.]
Previous Chapter | Next Chapter
1 I will send him, (the Comforter), to you; and when he comes, he will prove the world wrong [reprove all men] concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was poured out on all men at Pentecost. There is an additional measure of the Holy Spirit, given to those who obey. The Spirit of Christ convicts and convinces people of their sins, shows them the righteousness of Christ, which each must attain, and judges them.
Man and God are further apart in character than a rat is from a man. Man must first learn what a low beast he is; in the process he begins to understand how the whole world lies in wickedness because all men are subject to the Spirit of Satan. A man must be taught about sin and convicted for his sins. Then a man begins to understand what the righteousness of God means: he will prove the world wrong about sin, and righteousness. Then he is judged at the conclusion of his spiritual journey.
Isaac Penington wrote in his Catechism: "The first operation of the Spirit towards man lying in the sin, is to convince him of the sin; and he that receives not the convincing light of the Spirit, the work is stopped in him at the very first; and Christ can never come to be formed in him, because that light by which he should be formed is kept out. And then he may talk of Christ, and practice duties, (pray, read, and contemplate much), and gather comforts from promises, and run into ordinances, and be exceeding zealous and affectionate in all these, and yet perish in the end. Yes, the devil will let him alone, (if not help him), in all this, knowing that he has him the surer by this, he being, (by the strict observation of these), kept out of the fear of the danger of his condition, which otherwise perhaps he might be made sensible of."
Until the Spirit shows a man his sin, he cannot understand or recognize most of his sins. For the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor 2:14. Because what may be known of God is revealed in them; for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19. So as in 16:8 above, the Holy Spirit shows man about sin, about Jesus, and judgment within a man; the soul's eyes must see, and the soul's ears must hear, to learn the things of God. The things of God are not learned by reading the Bible, nor listening to someone speaking, (unless they speak from words supplied by the Spirit of God at that moment). Jesus said: "There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her"— to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear his word. Luke 10:39-42. Hearing his voice and following him (obeying him) is critical to your future — critical to obtaining life: The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:33
2 Of judgment. Every man is judged by the Spirit of Christ, either at death when a man dies in his sins, or at the end of his spiritual journey that delivers from sin by Christ through the operation of grace, which both charges and removes sin.
From the Word of the Lord within: The end is sympathetic judgment and release from sin. All the help of the tested word cannot exceed that of judgment."
All the help we receive by hearing, and accepting after testing what we hear as having come from the Lord, and then obeying - the sum total of all that help, (which is unbelievable to most people), does not compare with the changing help we receive at judgment. At judgment, the head of Satan is crushed, the residual sin is burnt away by the brightness of his coming, our heart is completely circumcised, the purification is complete — and then we receive the fruit of the Spirit, which frees us from the laws we have been given, and lets our heart hear, see, and feel the Spirit continually — so that we walk in love, according to the continual promptings of the Spirit, while energized by the Spirit — we cease from our own works, our mind is completely destroyed and ceases operation, as we receive a new heart, mind, and Spirit.
The Lord wants those who have journeyed to the end of grace, to approach His judgment with boldness and confidence, buoyed by the wonderful, purifying operations of his grace already received, and certain of even greater help to be received in final judgment.
3 when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. So anyone who has been obeying the Lord's voice receives an additional measure of the Holy Spirit: the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey him. Acts 5:32, Pro 1:23,33. The Holy Spirit will also teach you all things: John 14:26. By the anointing of the Holy Spirit, a man is taught all things, and he needs no man to teach him. 1 John 2:27. So that with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, a man knows all things: you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 1 John 2:20. So do you, who claim to have been baptized by the Holy Spirit, know all things, or have you yet to hear and obey the Holy Spirit, so you can even be sealed by the Holy Spirit, a preliminary step to the baptism.
The beginning of knowing truth is to understand what a low beast a man is. Man has to be taught about sin, selfishness, lust, sexual immorality, lying, the evil tongue, and that the whole world lies in wickedness with every man controlled by the Spirit of Satan within them. Man then learns how Christendom has been totally taken over by Babylon. When he sees this, it makes him sad:
When you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free; and if the Son makes you free, you are truly free. John 8:31-32,36. Freedom from sin — is salvation.
Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination, 'Hear the word of the LORD,' because they have seduced my people saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace. .. you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not return from his wicked way, by [falsely] promising him life.
4 Now we are sure that you know all things. And when the Holy Spirit is given to a follower of Jesus who obeys, this is the anointing, the Christ in your flesh, which teaches you all things, so that you know all things. 1 John 2:20,27, John 14:26, John 16:13, Tit 2:11-12
5 I have spoken these things to you so that in me you might have peace. Peace is the fruit (effect) of righteousness, and the effect of righteousness is quietness and confident trust (unquestionable assurance) forever. Isa 32:17. To have the peace of quietness and unquestionable assurance forever, you must first be in Christ. To be in Christ, the love of God is perfected in you, you are an entirely new creature, and you walk through life with the Spirit giving you all words to speak and showing you all deeds to be performed — to have peace, you must first attain union with Christ. Only then do you have the peace of Christ to rule your heart. Click to see when you are in Christ.
Previous Chapter | Next Chapter