“THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”
LESSON THIRTY-NINE

    The last time we left off our study with verse twelve. We had been talking about the Holy Spirit, and what he does
for us. If you remember, Jesus told his disciples that it was imperative that he go back to heaven so that the Holy
Spirit could come. In our discussion about this, we determined that Jesus, while he was here on earth was only able
to be with whoever he was with in person, whereas the Holy Spirit would be able to be with all people who accept
Jesus as tall time, making it imperative that Jesus go back to heaven so he could send the Holy Spirit to be with his
people, scattered all over the world.

John 16:12-16
    12. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
    13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of
          himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
    15. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto
          you.
    16. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the
          Father.

Verse twelve - . I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

    [A] Jesus had much more that he wanted to tell the disciples, but until they received the Holy Spirit, they would
            not be able to stand it.

    [B] The Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit was to be a filter through which Jesus would talk to the Disciples.
            [1] He would not speak of himself
            [2] He would speak to them only of Jesus
            [3] He would guide them into all truth
            [4] He would show them things that were to come.

    [C] Everything the Holy Spirit did and does is done to glorify Jesus.

    [D] Jesus through the Holy Spirit would show the disciples everything that the Father told him to tell them.
            [1] He still does the same thing today- this is why some understand things better then others, because
                    Jesus is speaking to them through the Holy Spirit.
            [2] I don’t believe that there is any new prophecy given to us today, instead I believe that all the prophecy
                    we need was given to the Apostles, and written in God’s Holy Word.
            [3] Instead of receiving new prophecy from God, he gives us understanding of what he has already given.

Verse thirteen - Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak
    of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    
    [A] The Spirit of truth –
            [1] Here we find yet another name for the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.
            [2] Questions:
                    [a] Why did Jesus call him the Spirit of truth?
                    [b] What other person called themselves truth?
                          
 John 14:6
                           6.   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
                                  but by me.
                    [c] If the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and Jesus is the truth, what does this tell you about the
                            relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit?
                    [d] From what Jesus has told his disciples thus far, why do they need the spirit of truth to be with them
                            [1-a] To theach them all truth
                            [2-a] To show them the truth that Jesus had taught them, and they were unable to understand.
                            [3-a] To show them new truth in the form of prophesy that had not yet been revealed to
                                    them.                                        

    [B] The Holy Spirit Will guide you into all truth.
            [1] Part of the job of the Holy Spirit, both to the disciples and for us today is to guide us in all truth
            [2] For the disciples
                    [a] Was about to return to heaven, and the disciples would be alone in the world, they would need
                            understand all the truths that Jesus had told them while he was with them.
                    [b] After Jesus was gone, they would be given new revelations, they would have to understand and
                            discern if this new revelation was from God, from Satan or from their own minds        
                    [c] As the leaders and founding fathers in the new church that they would be establishing, they would
                            need to know the truth and have answers when others asked them questions.
                    [d] They were about to face the most terrifying and disappointing time of their life. Jesus was about to
                            be arrested and put to death. They needed the truth in order to understand what was taking
                            place and what it all meant.        
            [3] For the believer today
                    [a] Like the disciples, we are alone in the world. We need to the spirit of Christ to show us the way to
                            heaven
                    [b] There is no new revelation given us today, but we need the truth and understanding of the
                            revelation given to the apostles so that we can understand what God wants us to know
                    [c] With so much false doctrine and false teaching in the world we, need to have the truth in us in
                            order to keep from falling into sin by listening too, or following these false teachings.
                    [d] The Holy spirit is he who shows us the truth, teaches us the truth and gives us understanding of
                            the truth so that we might be saved and have eternal life..

    [C] Jesus then went on to say he would not speak of himself.
            [1] The Holy Spirit, even though he is the Spirit of God, did not come to bring revelation of himself, instead
                    he come only to give us revelation of Christ, and those things that the Father tells him to tell us.
            [2] If you recollect, this is the same things that Jesus said of himself. He said that he was only showing
                    man what God the Father had shown him.

    [D] he will shew you things to come.
            [1] Here is Christ promise to the disciples that through the Holy Spirit he would show them what was to
                    come
            [2] This also is referring to what he said earlier, I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot
                    bear them now.
                    [a] Without the truth that the Holy Spirit would give, they would not have been able to bare the things
                            that Christ eventually showed them, things concerning Things to come.
                    [b] Had they known the manor of death they would face, or what was to happen to Jesus, their hearts
                            would not have taken it.

Verse fourteen and fifteen - He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. - All
    things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

    [A] Everything that belonged to the Father, belonged to the Son.  He is the heir to the throne and part of the
            Godhead.

    [B] Because Jesus was sending the Holy Spirit, they could be assured that he would send them everything he
            had told them, because everything that was the fathers was his.

    [C] Because nothing was hidden from Jesus, nothing would be hidden from his followers.

Verse sixteen - A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to
    the Father.

    [A] Here is a very interesting statement Jesus made. It proves that he knew exactly what was going to happen
            to him.
            [1] A little while, and ye shall not see me – This was certainly the case was it not. Jesus was put to death
                    and for a little while they were not able to see him. Three days and three nights he lay in the tomb,
                    dead and during that time he was not seen by any living person.
            [2] And again, a little while, and ye shall see me, Three days after Jesus was buried in the ground, he
                    arose. He was first seen by Mary in the garden, and then by the disciples while they were hiding in an
                    upper room. He was seen by some of his followers as they walked on the road to Emmaus, and by
                    hundreds of others during the forty days after he resurrected before he ascended back to the Father
            [3] because I go to the Father- After forty days, Jesus ascended to his father in heaven as the disciples
                    stood looking up at him rising into the sky on a cloud.

    [B] What he said would happen, happened exactly like he said is would.

John 16:17-18
    17. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye
          shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
    18. They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
   
    [A] The things that Jesus was speaking was confusing to the disciples.
   
    [B] It appears like the things he said were clear about what was going to happen, yet they did no comprehend
            him

    [C] Questions        
            [1] Why was this so?
                    [a] The Holy Spirit was not yet come to tell them and explain it to them
                    [b] What he said did not align with what they though was going to take place,
            [2] Is it not the same for you and me? Are we not confused about much of God’s word until the Holy Spirit
                    shows us the meaning of i?

John 16:19-22
    19. Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves  
          of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
    20. Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be
          sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
    21. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of
          the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
    22. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no
          man taketh from you.

Verse nineteen - Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among
    yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

    [A] I wonder why the disciples always had questions about what Jesus was speaking of, yet seldom asked him
            what he meant.
   
    [B] I remember a class I once took, a class that was supposed to teach me how to teach a particular course.     
            In that class, a statement was made that has always stuck out in my mind. The only stupid question is a
            question you never ask.
            [1] Would not their lives been much more tolerable if they would have asked Jesus the questions?
            [2] What makes a person, not ask a question when they do not understand something?

    [C] Jesus was about to leave them and he was trying to explain what was going to happen, what he said was
            not very clear, yet it was clear enough that they should have understood better than they did.

Verse twenty - Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall
    be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
    
    [A] What was Jesus talking about here?
   
    [B] What did he mean by the disciples weeping and lamenting?
   
    [C] What did he mean by the world rejoicing?
   
    [D] How was their sorrow to be turned to joy?

Verse twenty-one - A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is
    delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

    [A] Here is a statement that I have found very true in the world yet a statement that I have never been able to
            understand.
            [1] How can a woman go through such pain and suffering to give birth to a child, and the moment she
                    holds the child in her arms, practically forgets the pain she had?

    [B] Jesus was not really talking about a child being born, what was he really referring to?

Verse twenty-two - And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and
    your joy no man taketh from you.

    [A] Here is the answer to the question I just asked.

    [B] Jesus was going to be taken from them, their pain would be unbearable.

    [C] When they believed that all was lost, he would rise again and they would have no longer have sorrow,
            instead they would have joy unspeakable
     
    [D] The joy they would receive would be a joy no one could take away from them.
    
Questions for Discussion:
    [A] Back in the verses we looked at last week, Jesus told his disciples that they were to be persecuted,
            put out of the temple, and even put to death.
            [1] If you knew that by following Jesus and proclaiming his name in public you might be put to death would
                    you proclaim his name?
            [2] If you knew that your professing to be a Christian would land you in jail, would you hide your faith, or
                    would you proclaim it?
            [3] If the government, were to ban bibles, and proclaim everyone must turn in their bible or face death,
                    would you turn in your bible?
            [4] If churh attendance were outlawed and all churches were destroyed, would you still gather with others
                    to worship God?
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    [B] Jesus said that Satan was to be Judged by his death and resurrection.
            [1] If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you of being a
                    follower of Jesus?
            [2] Is there enough of Jesus in your life and in your actions for others to see him in you?
            [3] What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit in your life?
            [4] How much are you willing to let him do in you and through you?