What does the Promise of the Spirit of Truth mean for us?

—John 15:26–16:15 (Part 23)

  • Andrew Fountain – Mar 29, 2020

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To learn how Jesus wants us to receive the Spirit of Truth
and to put this into practice

Plan for today

  1. A bird’s eye view of the passage
  2. The Flow of Jesus’ teaching
  3. Receiving the Spirit of Truth

Structure of John

”Book of Signs”
”Book of Glory”

John 13–21 “Book of Glory”

13 A meal with the disciples

14–17 New Teaching
      from Jesus
to the disciples
18–20 Arrest

21 A meal with the disciples

Last 5 weeks:

  • Jesus —The God who will Wash your Feet and
    Love you to the End
  • The care, empathy and unselfishness of Jesus, and that
    the Father is just like Jesus
  • An invitation to step into
    the same love as is between Jesus & the Father
  • You can only live this new life
    by being connected with the vine
  • How are we connected?
    by stepping out in obedience to the prompting of Jesus
    which nurtures this new life and lets it grow

The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom

John 15:26–16:15 The Spirit of Truth is Coming

1. A bird’s eye view of the passage

  1. How the Spirit fits in: comes from the Father, will be my supporting witness, and so will you!
  2. I’m telling you the hard stuff in advance so you won’t think the plan has gone wrong
  3. I’m telling you now, because I won’t be with you, which has made you focused on your own sorrow
  4. Be encouraged: this is great news, his words will have huge power
  5. Be encouraged: He will tell you all the things I have not been able to tell you
  6. How the Spirit fits in: He’s actually going to serve me, as I serve the Father

Acts 24: Paul speaks with Felix

  1. Some days later, when Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.
  2. While Paul was discussing righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, I will send for you.”

The Spirit in the Trinity

  • Does not bring glory to himself, but to Jesus
  • Just as Jesus brings glory to the Father
  • The father gives to Jesus, (15a) and then Jesus gives to the Spirit, who gives to us
  • Our experience of Jesus today is entirely through the Spirit
  • That is his job, to bring Jesus to us.
    (Sometimes he is actually called “The Spirit of Jesus”)

Plan for today

  1. A bird’s eye view of the passage
  2. The Flow of Jesus’ teaching
  3. Receiving the Spirit of Truth

3. Receiving the Spirit of Truth

  • How does he speak the truth of Jesus to us?
  1. He gave the disciples the words of the New Testament
  2. He also tells what is to come
  3. He speaks it into our hearts as well as our minds
  4. Ask him to speak the words of Jesus into your heart right now!