Walking With Christ: Lesson 11: John 15:26-16:12 Promises to the DisciplesVideo Link
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John 15:26 – 16:1-33 Jesus and Our Future
15:26-28 The Witness of The Comforter and The Disciples.
1-6 Persecution and Sorrow
7-15 Work of the Holy Spirit
16-22 Sorrow turned into Joy
23-33 Prayer, Parting and Power Over the World
John 15:26-28 Promise of Truth and Testimony
What is the next name that Jesus gives to the paracletos?
The Spirit of Truth, who comes from the Father.
What two promises are given in vss. 26-28?
The Comforter will testify of Jesus and the apostles will also bear witness. Their witness will be strengthened by the power of the paracletos, their strengthener and advocate the Holy Spirit.
John 16:1-6 Promise of Persecution and Sorrow
Vs. 1-3 What does the word offended mean? What offence was Jesus trying to prevent?
The word offended means to stumble. Jesus was warning, comforting them and preparing them in order to keep them from falling or stumbling in their faith.
Vs. 4-Why didn’t Jesus tell the disciple from the beginning about the persecution and sorrow they would face?
He didn’t tell them then because until now He was with them, but now he won’t be there to protect and comfort them.
Vss. 5-6 What did Jesus mean when he said, “None of you asketh me, whither goest thou?”
Earlier Thomas had asked that exact question, but now Jesus points out that their sorrow, at the reality of His leaving, has dulled their sense of wonder and curiosity. All they could see or feel was their loss.
John 16:7-15 Promise of Guidance
Vs. 7 Why did Jesus say he had to go away?
Only then could He send the Holy Spirit. Only then could the New Covenant, of which the Holy Spirit is the seal, the proof, begin.
Vss. 8-11 In relationship to the world, what are the three things the Holy Spirit will be sent to prove?
Sin, righteousness and judgment
How will the Spirit rebuke the world in these three areas?
Sin because they do not believe Jesus Christ (the only sin we will be condemned to hell for.)
Righteousness because Jesus is not in the grave but risen and now with the Father.
Judgment because Satan has lost the battle and Jesus has been proven ruler of all.
Vss. 12-13 In relationship to us, what will be the Holy Spirit’s job?
He will guide us into all the truth, the truth that could not be borne or revealed then but now can be revealed once Jesus has ascended.
Vs. 14 In relationship to the Son, what is the Holy Spirit’s role?
He is to glorify Christ, and transmit the teaching of Christ to the believers.
Vs. 13-14 Is the Spirit to be glorified or elevated above Jesus Christ?
No, He is to uplift and glorify Jesus Christ, who died for us. The Spirit does not seek glory for Himself.
Promise of Joy vs. 16-24
Vs. 16 What time are the two little whiles in reference to?
First, the time until Jesus would be separated from His disciples while in the tomb and then the time He would see them after His resurrection.
What does Jesus’ analogy of a woman in childbirth teach us about the joy of the Christian life?
Joy is often tempered and even preceded with sorrow.
Are there other examples of this principle in the Bible?
Repentance and sorrow over sin must come before the joy of forgiveness and Salvation.
Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Promise of Victory vs. 23-33
Vs. 23 What is the day that Jesus is speaking of?
It is the time after His resurrection, the day in which we now live.
Vs. 23-24 Asking in Jesus name was the last lesson Jesus taught to the disciples about prayer. Why did Jesus wait until his death before telling the disciples to pray in His name?
This is only possible through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ ascension back to the throne room of Heaven. We come to the Father’s throne and are heard there because of what Christ did for us at Calvary. His name, his authority, his reward is our access directly to the Father through prayer.
Vs. 31 Earlier in vs. 25, Jesus said, that he would cease to talk to them in proverbs but would speak plainly. Upon hearing Jesus say he had come from the father and was returning to the father, the disciples says, “No you speak plainly and not in a proverb. Now we understand, by this we believe you came from God. Jesus then asks them, “Do you now believe?”
Why do you think Jesus questioned the disciple’s faith and understanding of who He was?
It was again a warning for them. He knew that they would be shattered and scattered, that they would desert him at His time of greatest need. It wasn’t just Peter’s faith that would fail that night.
Vs. 33 What is the only means to peace and victory in a world full of tribulation?
Jesus Christ Himself, even if our faith fails, He is strong enough and will not fail. In Him alone, I have victory.
John writing years later in his first epistle seems to echo and expand on the words of the upper room discourse. He brings the words of Jesus from being addressed to the apostles and applies them to all believers living in “that day” after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
1 John 3:20-24 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.