Lesson Scriptures: John 15:26-27; 16:7-15
Key Lesson Theme: “The Work of the Holy Spirit”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, April 6
26 “When the Counselor comes, the one I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—he will testify about me.
27 You also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning
Beginning with verse 18, Jesus warned His disciples that they could expect to experience the hatred of this world. Nevertheless, He gave them reasons to have hope in the midst of it all. First, such hatred was the same as Jesus had known, so what they experienced identified them with Him. The hatred shown toward Jesus was an outcome of being faithful to the Father. If the disciples were hated for being like Jesus, then they had cause to be encouraged, knowing they were being opposed because of godly faithfulness rather than wickedness or reciprocal hatefulness.
Moreover, those faithful to the Father through Jesus would not be left alone. In John 14:15-16, Jesus had told the disciples of the coming of “another Comforter” who would be with them forever. In verses 25-26, He reminded them that the Comforter would bring to mind the things Jesus had told them; things that would equip them not only for the immediate challenge but for their faithful service to Him after He was gone.
According to John 14:16, Jesus had said He would “pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.” In 14:26 Jesus identified the Comforter specifically as the Holy Spirit, “whom the Father will send in my name.” Name used in this way denoted authority. The Spirit would operate within the life of the believer on Jesus’ behalf. Thus, the Holy Spirit, a distinct person, is one with Jesus the Son just as the Son is one with the Father. So here in 15:26, Jesus reaffirmed the joint activity of the Father and the Son in the act of sending—the Comforter is the One whom I will send unto you from the Father.
So, the Comforter and the disciples work in union to bear witness to the truth and Person of Jesus Christ. Such spiritual union ensured that the message of truth being proclaimed by the disciples was not their creation or opinion.
What are some lasting truths from John 15:26-27?
>Jesus’ promise of a Comforter has proved to be true in the dynamic coming of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
>One work of the Spirit is to bear witness to the life, ministry, and teaching of Jesus.
>Our witness as believers is to be a declaration of what we have come to know out of our personal experience with Jesus as manifested through the Spirit of truth who has come from the Father.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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