FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


Notes on John’s Gospel: Chapter #16

John Chapter 16

Vs 13: “the Spirit of Truth,”  Note the word: “he.”

An emphatic word in the Greek. Speaks of a PERSON and not just an influence.

The Holy Spirit is a person, the third Person of the Trinity.

He is the Spirit of Truth.  His very nature is truth.

Vs 13: “He will guide you into all truth:”  The Holy Spirit would give them the Divine facts and the meaning of those facts.  He would do this by a divinely arranged process.

NOTE: “ALL TRUTH.”  The Apostles were given all of the Truth. Since that last revelation to the Apostle John, on the Island of Patmos, no other revelations have been given to man.

No additional revelations have since been given by the Holy Spirit from God, to be written down.

There is nothing more to be added by the church.

Man has no right to add any doctrine to God’s Word.

Man has no authority to make any additions or subtractions from the Word of God.

The truth that the Holy Spirit made known to the Apostles would be sufficient for all generations.

Jude Vs 3-4

John 16:13: “… he shall not speak of himself …”

John 15:15;   Revelation 22:18

Vs 14: The Holy Spirit was not to speak of Himself, Vs 13.

His mission, Vs 14, is to glorify Jesus, the son.

Glorify: to render or esteem glorious (in a wide application):  to honor, magnify.

To exalt the character and work of Jesus.

“… shall show it unto you.” To announce (in detail): declare, rehearse, report, show, speak, tell

Vs 15: When the Spirit reveals the things of Christ, He is, at that same time, revealing the things of God the Father.

It is impossible for the Spirit to show the things of Jesus without showing the things of the Father; because God the Father and God the Son are one.

The Holy Spirit proceeds from God the father as well as from God the son; there is perfect union between the three of them.

Vs 28: Jesus declared His Diving origin and destiny. He came into the world as no one else ever came into the world. He left the world as no on else ever left it.

He came into the world of His own will and He left this world of His own will.

In this simple statement, Jesus has summed up the eternal generation:

The Incarnation: death; resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, God in the flesh.

Four facts are stated in this verse:

1. Jesus came from the Father.

2. He came into the world

3. He was about to depart out of this world

4. He would return unto the Father.


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