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112: Final Instructions

May 15, 2009

Major Text: John 14:1-31

Key Verse: John 14:6

Outline:

  1. Trust Me John 14:1-4
  2. Know Me; Believe Me John 14:5-11
  3. Follow Me; Ask Me John 14:12-14
  4. Love Me; Obey Me John 14:15-24
  5. Receive My Gifts John 14:25-27
  6. Trust Me John 14:28-31

Context/Discussion/Comments:

The last cup of wine has been drunk and Jesus takes the disciple’s mind away from the present and focuses them on their faith and on the future. Trust in God. Trust in Him. Trust what He says is true. He is going to prepare a place for them so they can continue with their intimate fellowship. He encourages them saying they know that the way to the Father is through Him, through the Gospel, through faith.

Thomas questions where He is going in order to be sure they know the way. He is thinking of a physical place on earth, not Heaven. Jesus makes it simple; He is the way, the truth, and the life. He, Jesus Christ, is the intermediary between them and the Father. If you know Jesus, you know the Father.

Philip speaks up and asks if Jesus can show them the Father. Jesus answers in the same manner; “If you have seen me you have seen the Father”. Jesus and His Father are One. Believe.

Jesus goes on to explain that those who believe and have faith will continue doing what He has been doing. In fact they will do even greater things. He will support us by giving us what ever we ask for in the His name and for the Father’s glory. We just don’t get anything we ask for. But we do get those things we need to minister on His behalf. [See Lesson 128]

Love and obedience go hand in hand. We will be known by our love but our obedience will be evidence of our love. Jesus promises us a Counselor, one who will live in us. Therefore, this passage provides us with a clear understanding of the Trinity; the Triune Godhead. Jesus continues to encourage His disciples by restating He will come again. He will be resurrected and because they are His disciples, they too will be resurrected some day. Then they will fully understand the Unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then Judas [the other Judas] speaks and asks if only they will see Him when He is resurrected. Again, Judas is speaking from a physical point of view and Jesus is talking from a spiritual concept. They will see Him as a transfigured being, an understanding only three of the disciples have at this moment in time.

Jesus reconfirms the coming of the Holy Spirit to remind them of His teaching and instruction. Jesus bestows on them His Peace which is different than that of the world. Jesus’ Peace is permanent, not temporary.

Jesus closes this discourse by telling them to trust Him, to believe Him, for He is greater than Satan and is obedient to the Father’s will.

Lessons/Applications:

  1. Neither the ministry of Jesus nor our fellowship with Jesus ended when He died or when we die for they are eternal.
  2. His death and resurrections is the greatest reason given for one to trust Him, to believe Him, and to place our faith in Him.
  3. Trust Jesus. Trust what He teaches. Trust His Word. Trust what He has modeled. Trust in His promises.
  4. Know Jesus and the Father are One. Believe in Him. Believe His claims. Believe His miracles. Believe He has the power to forgive your sin and resurrect and redeem you to eternal life.
  5. Follow Him in ministry. Follow Him in loving others. Follow Him in serving. Ask and receive all that you need to follow Him.
  6. Love Him. Obey Him. His Spirit will live in you. Believers will have continued fellowship with Him when He is with the Father. Believers will have unity with the Father and the Son. Love and obedience is the “double bond” of unity with God.
  7. Anticipate your reunion with God at your resurrection.
  8. Jesus provides His disciples, His believers, with the Holy Spirit to remind them of His teaching, to comfort them in times of trial, and to give them everlasting peace.
  9. Trust Him. He is coming back. He is greater than Satan. Trust Him now and forever. Amen!
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Final Instructions

Major Text: John 14:1-31

Key Verse: John 14:6

Outline: I. Trust Me John 14:1-4

II. Know Me; Believe Me John 14:5-11

III. Follow Me; Ask Me John 14:12-14

IV. Love Me; Obey Me John 14:15-24

V. Receive My Gifts John 14:25-27

VI. Trust Me John 14:28-31

Context/Discussion/Comments:

The last cup of wine has been drunk and Jesus takes the disciple’s mind away from the present and focuses them on their faith and on the future. Trust in God. Trust in Him. Trust what He says is true. He is going to prepare a place for them so they can continue with their intimate fellowship. He encourages them saying they know that the way to the Father is through Him, through the Gospel, through faith.

Thomas questions where He is going in order to be sure they know the way. He is thinking of a physical place on earth, not Heaven. Jesus makes it simple; He is the way, the truth, and the life. He, Jesus Christ, is the intermediary between them and the Father. If you know Jesus, you know the Father.

Philip speaks up and asks if Jesus can show them the Father. Jesus answers in the same manner; “If you have seen me you have seen the Father”. Jesus and His Father are One. Believe.

Jesus goes on to explain that those who believe and have faith will continue doing what He has been doing. In fact they will do even greater things. He will support us by giving us what ever we ask for in the His name and for the Father’s glory. We just don’t get anything we ask for. But we do get those things we need to minister on His behalf. [See Lesson 128]

Love and obedience go hand in hand. We will be known by our love but our obedience will be evidence of our love. Jesus promises us a Counselor, one who will live in us. Therefore, this passage provides us with a clear understanding of the Trinity; the Triune Godhead. Jesus continues to encourage His disciples by restating He will come again. He will be resurrected and because they are His disciples, they too will be resurrected some day. Then they will fully understand the Unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then Judas [the other Judas] speaks and asks if only they will see Him when He is resurrected. Again, Judas is speaking from a physical point of view and Jesus is talking from a spiritual concept. They will see Him as a transfigured being, an understanding only three of the disciples have at this moment in time.

Jesus reconfirms the coming of the Holy Spirit to remind them of His teaching and instruction. Jesus bestows on them His Peace which is different than that of the world. Jesus’ Peace is permanent, not temporary.

Jesus closes this discourse by telling them to trust Him, to believe Him, for He is greater than Satan and is obedient to the Father’s will.

Lessons/Applications:

1. Neither the ministry of Jesus nor our fellowship with Jesus ended when He died or when we die for they are eternal.

2. His death and resurrections is the greatest reason given for one to trust Him, to believe Him, and to place our faith in Him.

3. Trust Jesus. Trust what He teaches. Trust His Word. Trust what He has modeled. Trust in His promises.

4. Know Jesus and the Father are One. Believe in Him. Believe His claims. Believe His miracles. Believe He has the power to forgive your sin and resurrect and redeem you to eternal life.

5. Follow Him in ministry. Follow Him in loving others. Follow Him in serving. Ask and receive all that you need to follow Him.

6. Love Him. Obey Him. His Spirit will live in you. Believers will have continued fellowship with Him when He is with the Father. Believers will have unity with the Father and the Son. Love and obedience is the “double bond” of unity with God.

7. Anticipate your reunion with God at your resurrection.

8. Jesus provides His disciples, His believers, with the Holy Spirit to remind them of His teaching, to comfort them in times of trial, and to give them everlasting peace.

9. Trust Him. He is coming back. He is greater than Satan. Trust Him now and forever. Amen!

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