Please turn in your bibles to the 16th chapter of the Gospel according to John. Today's message I would like to call "These things I have spoken to you".
Context = Jesus' last major discourse with His disciples before His capture and trial.
No matter what the situation is today that we find ourselves I believe that it would be wise for each of us to consider these very same initial points of reference! What Jesus has spoken and the reason for it/what the work of the Holy Spirit is to be/why it is we come to have various problems with all that.
So let's begin reading from the Word of God:
nkjv@John:16:1-3 @"These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.
Why were they killed? because "they" have not known the Father nor Me. Many think that they know, but no one actually does unless the Son/Spirit makes the Father known. Therefore these Jesus haters do not know the Father.
Add to that that they've now been exposed:
nkjv@John:15:21-24 ...If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
Not everyone resisting such conviction become murderers literally, but there is that tendency for all against Christ to bury that unpleasant conviction as far from one's self as possible. (Note that the original disciples have been dead over 2000 years and the enemy is still trying to bury them far away).
Paul (Saul) himself was one of these Jesus haters himself though at the time he didn't equate that to being a Father hater. Listen as he confesses:
nkjv@Acts:26:9 @"Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
Paul now surely equates Jesus hating with Father hating!
Let's continue reading:
nkjv@John:16:4-8 @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. "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. 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. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
I find it interesting that this same night in the garden when they are supposed to be praying an arm shot away from Jesus that they enter not temptation the disciples are found "sleeping for sorrow" nkjv@Luke:22:45.
So what is Jesus' answer to all that? DIR:BE BRIEF - EXPLANATION TO COME
What advantage do we now have in Christ?
Advantage? Jesus = externally (for now) to 1 man/Spirit = because of Christ to all men
Note: Even later, when these disciples rejoiced to see their risen Lord we see them still having trouble grasping the continuing motion of all this:
nkjv@Acts:1:6-8 @Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
Many times a similar lack of spiritual discernment is the exact same situation being identified in our own lives.
Perhaps we can listen through their particular questions to Jesus to get a broader sense of what we need better to discern:
nkjv@John:14:5 @Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"
nkjv@John:14:8 @Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."
nkjv@John:14:22 @Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?"
Back now to our text:
nkjv@John:16:8-11 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 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.
We would do well here and now to bring back into our full remembrance the words of Jesus our Christ as recorded by John the Apostle by the conviction of the Holy Spirit:
nkjv@John:3:18-21 @"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
SIGNIFICANCE = UNBELIEF TIED TO UNWANTED EXPOSURE
nkjv@John:8:23-24 @And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
SIGNIFICANCE = BY CLOSING THAT ONE DOOR THEY HAVE CLOSED UP ALL LEGITIMATE HOPE
nkjv@John:8:42-47 @Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God."
SIGNIFICANCE = FATHER THAT THEY ARE LISTENING TO IS NOT THE FATHER WHO SENT CHRIST
nkjv@John:12:47-48 @And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
SIGNIFICANCE = JUDGED BY THE WORD THEY THEMSELVES CHOSE TO REJECT
nkjv@John:15:22-25 @If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, "They hated Me without a cause.'
SIGNIFICANCE = NO EXCUSE? WITHOUT CAUSE? HATING FATHER AND THE SON HE SENT TO DELIVER US FROM SUCH A CURSE?
Let's read on further now:
nkjv@John:16:12-15 @ "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 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. 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.
When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. Have any of us lately been guided? In a way that only the Holy Spirit could have guided us?
He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak. Have any of us lately even stopped to listen to what the Spirit is speaking?
He will tell you things to come. DIR:PAUSE HE has already told us a good bit. Do anyone of us listen?
He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you Have any of us been shaken to our knees for hearing that word of Christ's glory?
Shall we continue reading?
nkjv@John:16:16-22 @"A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father." Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, "because I go to the Father'?" They said therefore, "What is this that He says, "A little while'? We do not know what He is saying." Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'? Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
Q: When we look towards Jesus, do we still look back on that image of Him as a man? I am here to tell you that that earlier image, as important as it is, is short sighted to the Glory He possesses with His Father this very day. Here's the better image:
(Let's turn quickly)
nkjv@Revelation:1:10-18 I (John) was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
Hold on to this spot in Revelations for the next several days and see if it does not somehow spiritually upgrade your image of our risen Christ as needed!
nkjv@John:16:23-28 @"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."
Each of us here today has asked a great many things of the Father in our Lord's name,. When is the last time you asked the Father that the Spirit make the figurative language of Jesus plain? I think our hearts want us to think that we've got it all figured out; no need for further explaining. I think if truth be told there are a good many of us that thinks that all that plain language spiritual stuff is for someone else; have the Pastor seek all of that out and we'll just follow along with his understanding of it. Is there anyone of here that thinks it too hard? that it takes a person much smarter and devoted than me?
Let us then consider what the Apostle Paul said about that:
nkjv@1Corinthians:1:26-31 @For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-- that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD."
Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. FRIENDS, ASK HIM FOR THE DAILY WORK OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT - that is what HE is there to do!
We are getting near the end of the passage now:
nkjv@John:16:29-32 His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God." Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.
I AM HERE TODAY TO TESTIFY THAT THOUGH IT LOOKED ROUGH FROM THE START, GOD WAS ABLE TO COME THROUGH FOR THESE MEN, THE HOLY SPIRIT SUCCEEDED FOR THESE MEN AND THEN WOMEN, THESE PEOPLE DID SUCCEEDED FOR GOD. SO CAN WE, BUT NOT BY OUR OWN POWER.
LISTEN TO THIS THEN:
nkjv@John:16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE BROTHERS AND SISTER THAT WILL BOW WITH ME AND ASK OF THE FATHER?
O MOST HEAVENLY AND HOLY FATHER,
BESIDE YOU ON YOUR GREAT THRONE OF MERCY AND JUDGMENT/
THERE IS YOUR SON WHOM WE KNOW AS JESUS/
RETURNED TO THE GLORY HE ONCE HAD WITH YOU BEFORE BEING SENT BY YOUR WONDERFUL MERCY TO REDEEM US.
NOW THAT SAME SON HAS WITH HIM THAT NOT ONLY TREMENDOUS INITIAL GLORY,
NOW HE HAS THE GLORY OF ACCOMPLISHING ALL THAT YOU HAD ASKED OF HIM TO ACCOMPLISH ON HEAVEN AND EARTH TOWARDS OUR DELIVERANCE.
YOU HAVE PERSONALLY ATTESTED TO HIS AUTHENTICITY AND AUTHORITY/
BY UNCOUNTABLE MIRACLES AND WONDERS THAT CONTINUE EVEN TO THIS DAY/
AND BY THE DECLARATIONS OF THE PROPHETS ALL THE WAY BACK TO LONG AGO.
THE CLAIM THAT THIS SAME JESUS ONCE MADE WAS THAT IT WAS ADVANTAGEOUS THAT HE GO BACK TO YOU FOR THEN HE WOULD SEND TO US THE HELPER/THE COMFORTER/YOUR HOLY AND TRIUNE SPIRIT.
FATHER TODAY UNDER THE CONVICTION OF THAT HOLY SPIRIT/
CONVICTING US BY THE VERY GOSPELS THAT HE INFALLIBLY INSPIRED,
WE ASK FOR THE TEACHING OF YOUR HOLY SPIRIT IN ALL THINGS,
FOR HIM TO PUT INTO OUR REMEMBRANCE THE THINGS OUR SAVIOR JESUS SAID.
WE PRAY THAT THE JOY OF OUR CHRIST WOULD REMAIN AND BE FULL BECAUSE OF THIS/
AND THAT WE WOULD NOT BE MADE TO STUMBLE,
THAT WHEN THE TIMES OF PERSECUTION COME AGAIN (AS THEY ALWAYS DO WHERE YOUR SPIRIT AND WORD AND OBEDIENT SAINTS CONVERGE) THAT WE WOULD BE BROUGHT TO REMEMBER THOSE PRECIOUS WORDS,
THAT YOUR SPIRIT WILL MAKE PLAIN THOSE WORDS,
THAT HE WOULD GUIDE US IN ALL TRUTH FOR YOUR GREAT NAME'S SAKE.
FATHER WE PRAY AS WELL THAT AS INSULTING AS THE WORLD MAY TAKE IT AND AS UNCOMFORTABLE AS THEY MIGHT BECOME WITH THIS/
THAT BY YOUR HOLY SPIRIT YOU WOULD CONTINUE TO CONVICT THIS WORLD OF IT'S UNBELIEF/
AND OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS/
AND OF JUDGMENT UPON THIS WORLD BEGINING WITH IT'S WICKED RULER,
NOT THAT ALL WOULD SOON PERISH/
BUT THAT THOSE THAT WOULD COULD COME OUT FROM THE BEHIND THE SHADOW OF SATAN'S DARKNESS/
WOULD COME INTO THE GLORIOUS LIGHT OF YOUR SON'S RESURRECTION.
WE PRAY FOR ANY AND ALL SOULS JUST NOW COMING INTO YOUR LIGHT/
THAT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT THE EARNEST SEAL OF OUR SALVATION WILL INDWELL AND FILL THEM THIS VERY DAY.
FURTHER WE PRAY THAT WE AS A LOCAL CONGREGATION OF LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH BELIEVERS WOULD HAVE THE BROKENNESS AND COURAGE TO BECOME YOUR PRESENT AND LIVING EXAMPLES OF THE TRUE ABIDING WALK OF FAITH,
THAT WE WOULD CONFESS OUR SINS OPENLY TO YOU AND ONE ANOTHER,
THAT WE WOULD BE LEAD OF YOUR SPIRIT/
NOT COMPROMISING SUCH A GLORIOUS CROWN TO ALL THE MANY LESSER FORMS OF MAN'S SUPPOSED RELIGIOUS NATURE.
FATHER, WE ARE WELL AWARE OF THE TRIALS AND SORROWS OF THOSE SAINTS GONE BEFORE US.
WE SENSE THE SHAME INVOLVED IN CALLING OUR MINOR PROBLEMS AT THIS TIME SOMETHING REMOTELY SIMILAR TO THEIRS.
WE KNOW THAT THEIR VOICES CALL FROM UNDER YOUR THRONES CRYING "HOW LONG LORD" "HOW MUCH LONGER".
WE ONLY ASK THAT IT BE LONG ENOUGH THAT WE CAN BE BROUGHT INTO TRUE FRUITFUL AND PRODUCTIVE SERVICE IN YOUR HONOR.
FATHER ALLOW YOUR SPIRIT NOW TO REVEAL TO US TODAY'S GLIMPSE OF YOUR GLORY.
FOR THIS WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST TO YOU AND THROUGH AND THE INCOMPARABLE WORDS OF YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. ALL PRAISE BE UNTO GOD!
AND THE GOD'S PEOPLE SAY AMEN!
Wed Sep 26 08:12:44 2018
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