This scripture looks at how the Holy Spirit convicts or convinces the world of three important matters. When Jesus left the world He said that it was to our advantage for He would send the Holy Spirit to us and the Holy Spirit would convict and convince the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgement.
These three factors are linked together. They were not random points that the Lord pulled out of a hat. They are connected in a special way that is important for us to understand. And it is the working of the Holy Spirit that draws these three together. Continue reading “Holy Spirit Convicts”
Time for a quick quiz. Who is the ruler of this world that Jesus was referring to in this section of scripture? A king or a queen? Perhaps Herod or the Caesar of Rome? If you answered any of these you would be wrong.
What if this event had happened today instead of two thousand odd years ago, who is the ruler of the world today? The United Nations? Maybe the US President as the leader of the world’s greatest superpower? Well, again if you answered this way you would still be wrong.
The fact is that this world is not controlled and ruled by any man. It is controlled and ruled from the spiritual realm and the ruler of this world is a spiritual being. So enough clues, who is the ruler of this world in the spiritual realm? OK just one more clue. The ruler of this world was the most beautiful person in the heavenly places and he walked in the presence of God Himself. So…got the answer now? Yes you’re right. The ruler of this world is Satan.
Jesus tells the disciples that they will be given the gift of the Holy Spirit in this section of scripture. Over the next few chapters of John He begins to show different aspects of the Holy Spirit. He shows things about the nature of the Holy Spirit, how we receive it, who sends it and what the work of the Holy Spirit is.
In today’s discussion we will look at some of these things to gain some understand about receiving the Holy Spirit, and we will break some of the myths surrounding the Holy Spirit that are not based in scripture but are false teaching.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way to eternal life and salvation. He said in this scripture that, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” So this makes it pretty clear that if we want to find the road to eternity, we need to recognise that Jesus is the way.
This passage begins with an interesting conversation and questioning between the disciples and Jesus. If we look at the first two verses we gain a better perspective and understanding of why Jesus is the way and what He wanted the disciples to understand. The disciples puzzled over Jesus words because they were thinking in the physical rather than the spirit.
4 And you know the way where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
This is a much loved verse by many Christians as it has such a great promise and hope for those who are in the Lord. It is where Jesus says, “I go to prepare a place for you” and, “In my Father’s house are many rooms.”
What a wonderful image this presents. It has been the subject of many songs over the years singing about “My home is in heaven” and so on. So let us look a little more at this scripture to see what we can get from it.
What is your life? How much does your life mean to you? What would you be prepared to give in exchange for your life? Anything? Everything?
These are big, big questions and not easy to answer. In this world we know that the average life span of a person these days is about 80-85 years, and much less in some under-developed nations. People are born and die every day and many do not give much thought about their lives other than to live it to the fullest. There is a commonly held belief among the people of the world that you are only here for a short time and then you are gone so you might as well make the most of it while you can.
But what if they are wrong? What if there was something more to life in this world? What could or would you give to gain access to the greater life if there were one on offer? Well there is a greater life on offer and it is given for free. You can’t buy it or exchange anything for it, just accept it as a gift from God. And as we will see, the life He offers in Jesus Christ is not like the life we know in this world. Continue reading “Life In Abundance”
What is one of the most frustrating and annoying things that can happen to you? When you lose something and cannot find it. Even though you hunt high and low, the darn thing just cannot be found anywhere. Think about the times you may have misplaced your keys, wallet, cell phone or something else you needed. Do you feel the frustration even now just thinking about it?
Well there is something even worse that you can lose that makes missing your cell phone pale into insignificance and the Lord tells us about it here in this scripture.
Do you want to have the eternal life that is on offer from the Lord? Do you want to live a life where you find peace, joy, security and the knowledge that God will protect and help you through all things? Well that is the offer of Christianity, and yes there will be difficulties and hardships along the path too. But the end game is eternal life without fear, pain, sickness or death. A little suffering now will be greatly outweighed by the benefits offered in the future.
But how do we receive this offer? What must we do to receive the life that Jesus has promised. That is the question that the people asked Jesus in this section of scripture when they said, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” (Verse 28)
This teaching is an interesting one as it appears bang in the middle of the teaching about the woman at the well. It is interesting because Jesus shows us here that no one person in God’s Kingdom can, should or does work alone. We are part of a team, Team Jesus, if you will. And as a team we all work together for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus spoke the words of God and He is the Word of God. What he spoke and taught in His gospel were not the words of man but of God. He did not speak about the things of this earth, but the things of the kingdom of heaven for His words are the words of the spirit, not the words of the flesh.
This is the testimony of the apostle John in these few verses as he testifies to the truth about the Word of God.