John 16 today. Again, this is what's commonly called "The Upper Discourse." Jesus is in an upper room, perhaps in John Mark's house. It could be the same room where the 120 disciples gathered in Acts 1 and experienced Pentecost. In chapters 14-17, we have some of Jesus' most intimate teachings. He gives us great insights into many different areas of faith and theology. One of those areas is the Holy Spirit. Starting with vs 5, Jesus shares that it is best for him to leave them. With his death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit will be sent to them by Jesus ("I will send him to you"--vs 7). Why is this best for us? In Jesus' incarnated state, he was localized. He could only be in Palestine, at that point in history. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus can now dwell in the hearts of people everywhere in every point in history. The witness of the Church of Jesus Christ can now expand exponentially all over the world in every age.
In vs 8 Jesus tells us three major works of the Holy Spirit. He will 1) convince the world of sin 2) show the world God's righteousness (holiness, sinlessness) and 3) the coming judgment. It's the Holy Spirit's responsibility to show us our sin against God's righteousness, our need for a Savior because there is a coming judgment. No one can do that. It has to be a work of a sovereign God.
The Holy Spirit will also guide people "into all truth" and give insights into the future (vs 13). Note too, in vs 15, that the Spirit will only give to people what Jesus wants him to show us. Some call the Holy Spirit the "silent sovereign." He doesn't want to draw attention to himself. He only wants to point to Jesus. In fact, it's his joy to do so!
I'm going to challenge you today to do some Biblical work. Study vs 15. Look at it closely. See if you can find the Trinity (the word is never mentioned in the Bible but the interconnection of Father, Son and Holy Spirit are everywhere). It's there: one God, three persons in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In vs 24, Jesus tells us that because of his work on the Cross, we can go directly to the Father "and ask him, and he will grant your request because you use my name." I don't think many of us have learned the power of the name of Jesus. When used rightly, his name in prayer will bring to us "abundant joy."
Finally, I need to point out vs 33. I think every new believer in Christ should be given this verse to memorize. Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation." Every believer will go thru difficult times simply because we live in this fallen world. Our bodies will age and die. So will the bodies of our loved ones! We will experience the brokenness of this created order. It is going to happen to everyone. "But," Jesus said, "rejoice for I have overcome the world." That part needs to be remembered too. He lives in us and we live in him. If he was raised to new life, so will we! Our faith is in him. This world is not our home. He has overcome this world. So have we!
Live today in this grand promise. This promise is the source of all our joy! We can rejoice with him, in him. He lives in us. He is greater than "the prince of this world," who has already been judged (vs 11).
All praise to Jesus who is enthroned in heaven!