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Lesson # John 14:16-17
Study Material - John 14:16-17
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
16 And [kai] I [ego] will pray [erotao] the Father [pater] , and [kai] he shall give [didomi] you [humin] another [allos] Comforter [parakletos] , that [hina] he may abide [meno] with [meta] you [humon] for [eis] ever [aion] ;
17 Even the Spirit [pneuma] of truth [aletheia] ; whom [hos] the world [kosmos] cannot [ou] [dunamai] receive [lambano] , because [hoti] it seeth [theoreo] him [autos] not [ou] , neither [oude] knoweth [ginosko] him [autos] : but [de] ye [humeis] know [ginosko] him [autos] ; for [hoti] he dwelleth [meno] with [para] you [humin] , and [kai] shall be [esomai] in [en] you [humin] . KJV-Interlinear
16 'And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. NASB
One of the first significant changes between the Old Testament and the New Testament is recorded here. The Holy Spirit is promised by Jesus Christ, to come to the apostles, and not only to them, but to every believer, and will indwell every believer forever. This indwelling never occurred at anytime prior to this.
No person from the time of Adam and Eve, up and until the first Feast of Pentecost following the Cross, over 4000 years of human history, no person was ever indwelled by any member of the Trinity. Now in our dispensation, the Church Age or the Age of the Royal Family as we call it, every believer at the moment of believing in Christ, is indwelled immediately and instantly by the Holy Spirit. In other passages we know that all three members of the Trinity indwell every believer from our dispensation, but the Holy Spirit is in view in this passage.
This indwelling is a non-emotional event. You cannot see it. You cannot feel it. So all of these so called getting the ghost gyrations some denominations promote, are all false and phony, designed only to get the attention of people.
When the Holy Spirit finally comes on the apostles, at that first Pentecost, then they will simultaneously receive a spiritual gift called tongues, but a better description of that gift should be labeled languages, for that is exactly what they were able to do - speak in several languages simultaneously. These are legitimate languages and not gibberish. We'll study that in more detail, when we are in Corinthians and Isaiah who prophesied it.
The Spirit has various descriptive titles - Spirit of truth, of bondage, of adoption, of God, of the Son, of wisdom, of revelation, of glory, the Spirit of holiness. The concept here is that the Spirit provides us with comfort through His function within the Godhead.
The Holy Spirit is the mechanism of truth. He is an advocate, the strengthener, the comforter, the convicting minister of truth. All that we perceive in the spiritual realm, is perceived by us only through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
But, not everyone has the benefit of the Holy Spirit. All unbelievers do not have access to the Holy Spirit, except through the Spirit's ministry in communicating the gospel. All believers who are out of fellowship do not have the benefit of the Holy Spirit. They, being out of fellowship, are off line so to speak.
Think of the Holy Spirit as the TV or radio waves that are all around us. We do not see them, we do not feel them, we do not even know they are there unless we have some mechanism to detect them, something like a radio or a TV. We have to first believe in Christ, and then we receive our radio gear (our human spirit), but that equipment is no good unless our speakers are plugged in (that is fellowship).
With equipment in hand (human spirit) and headphones plugged in (in fellowship) then all transmissions going to and from the Holy Spirit between us and God, are active and fully functional. Those transmissions are our Bible study (Gods instruction) and prayer (our offerings and requests to God). Without the online function of the Holy Spirit, we have no functional interactive relationship with God.
Jesus will leave the apostles soon, and since there is a new age about to begin, those believers who remain behind on planet earth will need something to sustain them. At that time the Bible had not yet been completed, and once completed then God will demonstrate to the world that through only His written word along with the sustaining ministry of the Holy Spirit, He can bring mankind from a state of sin and death, to spiritual maturity.
No more communications with angels, no more revelations by dreams and visions. Once the Bible is completed then man will have only the written word to rely on, and the power of the Spirit to sustain him.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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