To understand the context is to understand the message.
The truth Jesus explained is often misunderstood when in our haste we find ourselves leap-frogging over the context of His words. To do so results in error that is believed and preached to the unsuspecting resulting in frustration and disappointment. This post is offered to those who have placed their faith in the “name it and claim it” doctrine so prevalent in the church today. Perhaps in reading this you will find something more precious than gold. His disciples asked questions when they didn’t understand. And when they did, He explained with words both clear and satisfying.
Toward the end of Jesus’ ministry He prepared the disciples for His departure. He warned them of things to come and knew the question their saddened hearts could not ask, “Where are You going?” Their teacher was leaving them to their trials all alone.
“Because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:6-7)
When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and disclose it to you. All that the Father has is Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” (John 16:13-15)
The disciples sorrow was being addressed by Jesus. He was telling them that they will not be alone and that another helper would lead them into all truth.
“In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in my name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24
Joy is fleeting when found in things. Joy is found when learning to have a closer walk with God. And the only way that happens is by asking for His help. He says that His ways and thoughts are not like ours. (Isaiah 55:9) We do have a lot to learn, but we have the best Teacher.
We who have received the Holy Spirit are led into truth. We, like the apostles, can now ask our questions, inspired by the Spirit, directly to the Father. We come in Christ’s name and our Father desires to teach us.
“No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ (Isaiah 54:13) Everyone who hears from the Father and learns comes to Me.” (John6:44-46)
It has been that way from the beginning of the church. Have I got your attention? Let me make it clear. The sixteenth chapter of the gospel of John is Jesus explaining how CONTINUING EDUCATION IN THE KINGDOM WORKS.
It is not about thinking that you know what is best and claiming it for your life or the life of another. The simple truth is we don’t know what is best. We are “children of God” being prepared to meet Jesus. It is our Father who knows what is best for our life and what is needed to teach us His ways.
The last phrase of Isaiah 54:13……“And the well-being of your sons will be great.”