What Jesus Did! 'The Truth of Jesus' — John 16:12-15

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"I have many more things to say to you. But those things are too much for you to accept now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. The Spirit of truth will not speak his own words. He will speak only what he hears. He will tell you the things that will happen. The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me. How? He will get things from me and tell them to you. All the things that the Father has are mine. That is why I said that the Spirit will get things from me and tell them to you."
— John 16:12-15
Illustration of John 16:12-15 —  The Spirit of truth will not speak his own words.

Key Thought

Why do we trust the Gospel message we have received? Two reasons: 1) the Spirit led, reminded, guided, and revealed the things of Jesus to his apostles as they shared the story of Jesus, and 2) we have the Holy Spirit inside of us helping us to discern the truth of the message about Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Give me wisdom, dear Heavenly Father, to know falsehood when I see it. I want to know Jesus and to honor the truth about him in my heart, my head, and my life. Help me to know the truth in Jesus and the freedom it brings. Touch my heart by Jesus' words and example and call me to minister in his name. Make my life one of integrity and grace that reflects your Son's glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"I have told you these things so that people will not be able to destroy your faith. People will make you leave their synagogues. Yes, a time is coming when people will think that killing you would be doing service for God. People will do these things because they have not known the Father, and they have not known me. I have told you these things now. So when the time comes for these things to happen, you will remember that I warned you. "I did not tell you these things at the beginning, because I was with you then. Now I am going back to the One who sent me. But none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' You are filled with sadness because I have told you these things. But I tell you the truth. It is better for you that I go away. Why? Because when I go away I will send the Helper to you. But if I did not go away, then the Helper would not come. When the Helper comes, he will prove to the people of the world the truth about these things: about sin, about being right with God, and about judgment. The Helper will prove that people have sin, because they don't believe in me. He will prove to them about {my} being right with God, because I am going to the Father. You will not see me then. And the Helper will prove to the world the truth about judgment, because the ruler of this world (the devil) is already judged. "I have many more things to say to you. But those things are too much for you to accept now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. The Spirit of truth will not speak his own words. He will speak only what he hears. He will tell you the things that will happen. The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me. How? He will get things from me and tell them to you. All the things that the Father has are mine. That is why I said that the Spirit will get things from me and tell them to you.

John 16:1-15

My dear children, the end is near! You have heard that the Enemy of Christ is coming. And now many enemies of Christ are already here. So we know that the end is near. Those enemies of Christ were in our group. But they left us. They did not really belong with us. If they were really part of our group, then they would have stayed with us. But they left. This shows that none of them really belonged with us. You have the gift that the Holy One (God or Christ) gave you. So you all know {the truth}. Why do I write to you? Do I write because you don't know the truth? No! I write this letter because you do know the truth. And you know that no lie comes from the truth. So who is the liar? It is the person that says Jesus is not the Christ. A person that says Jesus is not the Christ is the enemy of Christ. That person does not believe in the Father (God) or in his Son (Christ). If a person does not believe in the Son, then he does not have the Father. But the person who accepts the Son has the Father, too. Be sure that you continue to follow the teaching that you heard from the beginning. If you continue in that teaching, then you will stay in the Son (Christ) and in the Father (God). And this is what the Son promised to us—life forever.

1 John 2:18-25

It is the same with you people. You heard the true teaching—the Good News about your salvation. When you heard that Good News, you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he promised.

Ephesians 1:13

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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