Lesson Scriptures: John 14:8-11,16-20,23-26
Key Lesson Theme: “The Nature of God”
Today's Lesson: Monday, March 1
8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who lives in me does his works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe because of the works themselves.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too.
20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.
23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
24 The one who doesn’t love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.
25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you.
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
The Bible Meets Life
Today’s automobile is highly complicated, yet most of us simply climb in the driver’s seat, start the engine, and drive away. We benefit from and enjoy the mode of convenient transportation even if we don’t understand any aspect of an internal combustion engine managed by a complex computer system. That is just one example reminding us we don’t have to understand how something works to benefit from it. In the spiritual realm, Christians have struggled to understand the doctrine of the Trinity, the concept of one God revealed in three Persons. Nevertheless, we can embrace and trust the truth that God is one in essence, but manifests Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
John 14 is part of Jesus’ final discourse (John 14–17) spoken to His disciples the evening of His arrest. Jesus intended to prepare His disciples for what was to come, both within a few short hours and in the future without Him as they had known Him on earth. The verses in this session are focused on the understanding Jesus desired His disciples to have of the triune nature of God. He has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus spoke about the interrelationship of the three Persons of the one God and the work each does in relationship to the believer.
Four statements in the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary summarize the teachings of Scripture concerning the Trinity. 1. God is One. 2. God has three distinct ways of being in the redemptive event, yet He remains an undivided unity. 3. The primary way of grasping the concept of the Trinity is through the threefold participation of God in salvation. 4. The doctrine of the Trinity is an absolute mystery.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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