The Holy Presence

The Holy Presence

John 14:16-26

… an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.
– 1 Peter 1:4 (NIV)

…turn…from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. 
– Acts 26:18 (NKJV)

In the verses, today the Lord Jesus speaks to the disciples and to us these words of promise and provision. Although He would no longer be visibly present with His disciples, they would not be left alone. Jesus promised them (and all subsequent believers) four permanent sources of power and comfort: the presence of the Spirit, the presence of the Son, the presence of the Father, and the presence of the truth.

1. The presence of the Spirit

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 
– John 14:16-17 (NIV)

The word “Counselor” is a term the meaning of which cannot be exhausted by any one word. It literally means “one called alongside to help” and has the connotation of a helper, comforter, counselor, exhorter, intercessor, encourager, and advocate (defense attorney).

Jesus’ promise was that He would send “another” Counselor exactly like Himself, a person who could adequately take His place and empower His work. The Holy Spirit is the perfect substitute for the Lord Jesus Christ—the original Counselor.

The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
– John 14:17 (NIV)

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
– 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)

… he lives with you and will be in you.
– John 14:17 (NIV)

…if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
– Romans 8:9 (NIV)

2. The presence of the Son

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
– John 14:18-20 (NIV)

Through the indwelling of the Spirit, believers are united with Jesus. Several New Testament metaphors depict the nature of that union. Jesus is the vine and believers are the branches (John 15:5); they are the body of which He is the head (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15-16; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:19); they are stones in the spiritual house of which He is the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Peter 2:4-6); they are the bride and He is the groom (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:22-24; Revelation 19:7).

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 
– Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

3. The presence of the Father

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”  Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 
– John 14:21-24 (NIV)

No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 
–  John 16:27 (NIV)

Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, ‘But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world? 
– John 14:22 (NIV)

The Judas who speaks is the disciple with three names:
·      Judas the son of James (Luke 6:16)
·      Thaddeus (Matthew 10:3)
·      Some Greek manuscripts add a third name, Lebbaeus

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
– John 14:23 (NIV)

These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
– John 14:24 (NIV)

4. The presence of the Truth

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate (Counselor), 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.
 –  John 14:25-26 (NIV)

Jesus would not leave them without a source of comfort and council, so also He would not leave the disciples without a source of truth.

After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
 –  John 2:22 (NIV)

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
 –  1 John 2:20 (NIV)

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
 –  2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)

All Scripture is God-breathed…
 – 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

Armed with the truth and accompanied by the presence of God, the disciples and their contemporaries would soon be those who “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6 KJV).