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John 16

 

John 16

John 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

We are being warned of the price to be paid for internalizing God the Father and Jesus Christ, so that we will not become discouraged and offended when the time comes to pay that price.

This should be a part of every baptismal counseling and everyone should be aware of the cost of being rejected by our brethren and the world because of a dedicated single minded zeal to live by the whole Word of God and seeking that “Pearl of Great Price;”  eternal life in the Kingdom [Family] of God.

16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues [congregations, assemblies]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

This is speaking about the religious establishment of that day, and also about the spiritual Ekklesia in OUR day, and about the church groups who openly persecute those zealous for God’s Word;  as well as trials from the outside world.

This process of turning the Gospel of warning and repentance into an inoffensive business model lure to attract new folks who have little if any commitment to learn and keep God’s Word; brings in many tares, who then rise to the top and begin to persecute the truly called out faithful zealous brethren.

That is why it is so wrong to exalt such organizations of men; for they will surely, over time, always ultimately turn on the zealous and the godly righteous.

Always, always, always: PUT GOD FIRST!  Put God the Father and Jesus Christ ABOVE any organizational or human loyalties; or you will be committing the sin of idolatry!

Consider very carefully that many of these people who would despise you now, for your example of zeal; will come to you in the end of the matter and say: “Thank you so much for standing fast and doing the right thing and setting the right example for us. We despised you at the time, NOW we KNOW that you were right! Come and teach us the Way of the Lord”.

If we give in and give up, because of their animosity today; we have neither helped them nor helped ourselves; we have separated ourselves from God and offended the Almighty!

If we endure steadfastly to keep the law, the whole Word of God and the will of God the Father, and the words and example of Christ; we are setting an example that will, over time, as these things work out, translate into credibility; as people will surely learn and KNOW that God is with us, because of our love, faith and zeal for our Mighty God!

If we endure and overcome, being always zealous and faithful to God the Father and Jesus Christ; we shall be exalted by God the Father, to become  kings and priests forever; helping to teach and reconcile all humanity to God!

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan [deceived by Satan], which say they are [converted] Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship [worship God with your guidance] before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt [coat] of him that is a [spiritual] Jew [a New Covenant true godly person], saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 16:5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 16:6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

It was absolutely essential that Christ complete and fullfil his mission to be a propitiation for the sins of the world.

16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

The Comforter [the Holy Spirit] WILL reprove sin! It will lead us into the righteousness of the whole Word of God,  into a FULL UNITY with God:

IF we follow the lead of God’s Spirit and passionately KEEP the Word of God,  the Holy Spirit will reprove all sin and all departure from any part of the whole Word of God in us! 

No man can say that we should tolerate sin [which is the breaking of ANY PART of the whole Word of God; not just the Ten] and false doctrine by the Spirit of God!  Anyone who claims that God’s Spirit will tolerate willful sin is spiritually IGNORANT.

16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

The Spirit of God, is the very nature of Christ and God the Father, given to dwell within us, and giving us understanding and the power to overcome as Christ overcame.

16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

God’s Spirit will lead us into all truth: IF we are willing to follow its lead!

God’s Spirit will not force us, or strive with us; we MUST willingly and diligently FOLLOW it; we must diligently seek the truth and meditate on the words and law of God, day and night as David did (Psalm 119).  And we MUST APPLY and DO what we learn!

We must follow the Spirit of God, and follow the Lamb!

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women [false religion and false doctrine]; for they are [spiritually pure and faithful to Christ their Husband] virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

God the Father has given all things to Jesus Christ; and that includes the very nature of God the Father.

John 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

“All things” meaning that the Father’s whole Word, and the very nature of God the Father are in Christ; therefore the Holy Spirit will take the things of Christ [which ARE the things of God the Father] and reveal them to the flock.

16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. 16:17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Jesus prophesies of his death and how they will mourn for him; and then prophesies of their great joy at his resurrection. The disciples not yet understanding that he must die for us and afterwards be raised up by God the Father.

16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Here Christ reveals that after he has been sacrificed, raised up, and accepted by God the Father; the sincerely repentant will also have direct access to God the Father through the High Priest of our Salvation; Jesus Christ the very Lamb of God. 

It is made clear here that no one had access to God the Father before Jesus Christ became our High Priest [except Christ himself]; therefore the God that men spoke with before-times was the one who became Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua Messiah]. 

This concept that God is a family, has not been generally understood. One part of the mission of Christ was to reveal God the Father; and to provide a reconciling sacrifice to bring man into harmony with God the Father.

Today the faithful Called Out have access to God the Father in the name of the Son, our High Priest!

It is because God the Father was unknown and the people had neither knowledge of, nor access to him; that the Most Holy Place was always covered by a thick curtain; signifying that God the Father was not yet known or available to the people. While the High Priest who entered once a year,  was a metaphor for Christ our High Priest forever; who provides access to God the Father in the Most Holy Place.

Those physical High Priests could not provide access to the unknown Father, therefore the Most Holy Place was empty except for the Ark and was sealed off to them! 

The physical High Priests they were only types of Christ, who COULD and did, remove sin and provide access to the very God the Father that he came to reveal.

We now have access to the Most Holy Father in heaven, through sincere repentance and the application of the reconciling sacrifice of Christ; as our Passover sacrificed for us!

16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

God the Father was not known, and Christ would show his disciples God the Father plainly.

16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

Christ says very plainly that he came forth FROM God the Father, and that he will go back TO God the Father: revealing the existence of the Father; and explaining the mystery that BOTH he and God the Father are members of the same Elohim entity or ONE family of Mighty Ones  known as God!

16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Jesus Christ  [Hebrew:  Yeshua Mashiach] has overcome the world of bondage to Satan and sin!  We CAN overcome the world through Christ dwelling within us!

With that sure and certain knowledge, we CAN have peace of mind, even in the greatest distress.

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  1. I read with interest Tim’s and your follow up regarding the location of Benjamin. We should all be thankful that these ‘small’ errors do surface and can be corrected as discovered. One faulty fact can-does-has lead to faulty conclusions which are even harder to rectify. In a system so rife with misapplications, errors, and false conclusions as WCG was, we can easily see why it and its daughters(splinters) have been racked with division, controversy, and conflict.

    I point out that this does not mean that Norway is not Israel. I have been following up on this and will post more detail this Friday James

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