August 14, 2018: SOAP #3176    Jeremiah 16-17; Psalm 96; John 16 Scripture:  John (NIV) 16:12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak […]

August 14, 2018: SOAP #3176    Jeremiah 16-17; Psalm 96; John 16

Scripture:  John (NIV) 16:12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

Observation:      I hear Jesus saying that there is so much more that they need to know, but they are not ready to hear it.   There are important things they need to know, but His time for being with them is short; there is not enough time to tell them all they need to know. However, Jesus is not desperate.   There is a plan!

The plan is to send the Holy Spirit.   As the previous verses tell us, the Holy Spirit will bring Jesus words to our memory.   Jesus is not relying on the faulty memory of man, but on the omniscience of the Holy Spirit to remind them!     Wow!

The plan is to send the Holy Spirit.   As the following verses tell us, the Holy Spirit will “guide    into all truth.”   It does not matter that Jesus only has a few hours left with them, the Holy Spirit is coming!     It does not matter that their memories are unreliable, the Holy Spirit is coming!   It does not matter that they may feel abandoned for a short time, the Holy Spirit is coming!     It does not matter that they do not know everything, the Holy Spirit is coming!

Application:   I must grow in my appreciation for the Holy Spirit.   I need to talk to Him and listen to Him.   I must learn to quickly recognize how He speaks to me.

Prayer:      Holy Spirit, teach me to rely on you even more that the disciples relied on Jesus.      Amen

Pastor Leon
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