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John 14:25-27 - Teach & Remind

Jesus calls the Holy Spirit Him, not It. Experience the peace only He can bring.



 

John 14:25–27 (NIV)


25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

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Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 8: The Trinity


In keeping with this truth and Word of God

we believe in one God,

who is one single essence,

in whom there are three persons,

really, truly, and eternally distinct

according to their incommunicable properties—

namely,

Father,

Son,

and Holy Spirit.


The Father

is the cause,

origin,

and source of all things,

visible as well as invisible.


The Son

is the Word,

the Wisdom,

and the image

of the Father.


The Holy Spirit

is the eternal power

and might,

proceeding from the Father and the Son.


Nevertheless,

this distinction does not divide God into three,

since Scripture teaches us

that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

each has his own subsistence

distinguished by characteristics—

yet in such a way

that these three persons are

only one God.


It is evident then

that the Father is not the Son

and that the Son is not the Father,

and that likewise the Holy Spirit is

neither the Father nor the Son.


Nevertheless,

these persons,

thus distinct,

are neither divided

nor fused or mixed together.


For the Father did not take on flesh,

nor did the Spirit,

but only the Son.


The Father was never

without his Son,

nor without his Holy Spirit,

since all these are equal from eternity,

in one and the same essence.


There is neither a first nor a last,

for all three are one

in truth and power,

in goodness and mercy.

 

Summary


A big portion of John's gospel account consists of Jesus speaking to His disciples right before He was arrested. While speaking to his disciples, Jesus promises the coming of the Holy Spirit.


There are two things the disciples are told the Spirit will do. He will:

  • teach them all things

  • and bring to their remembrance all that Jesus had taught them.


Notice how when referring to the Holy Spirit, that Jesus uses a personal pronoun. Jesus tells the disciples that He will teach you, not it will teach you. This is because the Holy Spirit is not simply an object or a force of nature; the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.


Throughout the ages, many have tried to deny the divinity of both Christ and the Spirit, but John makes it clear from the onset that both are fully God.


Dig Deeper


 One of the major tasks of the Holy Spirit was to help the disciples remember and understand all that Jesus had taught. We find an example of this in the Gospel of John.


John 2:19-22 reads,

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

    Before his arrest, Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would bring to memory the things he had taught them. Notice how in John 2:22, it was after the resurrection the disciples remembered what Jesus had said regarding the temple; it wasn't until after the Holy Spirit had come upon them that they fully understood and believed.


    Because the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity we know that where the Holy Spirit is, God is. Although Jesus would not always be walking the earth alongside the disciples, they were not being left on their own, for the Holy Spirit would be with them.


The same is true for you: even though you may not be able to see God, He is with you in the person of the Holy Spirit, who is still at work and active in the world. So while you may not always be aware of his presence, remember and believe that God is with you.



  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that as the Holy Spirit teaches you all things and causes you to remember Jesus, that you will experience the peace that only Jesus can give, and that you will not be afraid;

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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