Lesson Scriptures: John 15:26-27; 16:7-15
Key Lesson Theme: “The Work of the Holy Spirit”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, April 8
12 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now.
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come.
14 He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
15 Everything the Father has is mine. This is why I told you that he takes from what is mine and will declare it to you.
This final conversation with His disciples was a weighty one. Jesus had more to say; the disciples had more to learn—in fact, He taught more than they could interpret correctly. Even so, Jesus said, I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Jesus knew their comprehension of such things at one time was limited as well as their ability to carry them out.
The guidance of the Holy Spirit will be consistent with what Jesus Himself has declared. He will point toward Jesus, not away from Jesus. He will declare the authority of Christ as given by God the Father, not a new authority established arbitrarily by someone for a new day or different time. In fact, beware of charlatans who claim to have received a new word from the Lord that is opposed to or differs from what Jesus said in Scripture. Such is not Spirit-anointed counsel.
What we understand as the truth of Scripture must be understood by the illumination and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, not just personal conclusions, opinions, or tradition. As John would later write in recording the messages of Jesus to the seven churches in Asia Minor, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith … ” (e.g., Rev. 2:7). Jesus had confidence that the Spirit would speak in a way consistent with what He wanted His followers to hear. Thus, we are to listen to Him
The honor of the message goes to the one who originally said it rather than the individual who quoted it. In a similar way of thinking, the Spirit brings honor to Jesus by declaring what He had said or had made known.
What are some lasting truths from John 16:12-15?
>The Holy Spirit will teach, guide, illuminate, and enlighten our understanding of the marvelous truths of Jesus.
>The Holy Spirit continues to manifest and glorify Jesus; He does not call attention to Himself.
>A direct relationship and utter consistency exist between the works and words of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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