John 14:15-31

John 14:15-31

John 14:21Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired July 13, 2003.

Just as Jesus had the function of being the Son that came to this earth to save you and I, you and I now have a function to represent the Father and the Son through the Spirit to the rest of the world, even in our hardships, even in those struggles and those hard times that we’ll face, we put our faith in Him.  Back to verse one: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in Me.” That is the bottom line. It is a trust issue. God does not want us to dwell here on our own. He does not want us to believe that we are empty and only here in and of ourselves, but we are here with His indwelling, we are here representing Him, and that we are in Him and He in us because of what Jesus did; that we have a very intimate relationship. One that should be fulfilling completely…

Loving Jesus boils down to: what did He tell us? How would He have us live? What are His commands? I know a lot of Christians who have no clue what Jesus’s commands are. They never get beyond those parts of God’s Word where it talks about Jesus loving us. Now, all of a sudden, Jesus is talking about us loving Him, and if we love Him, it comes with this display: that we obey His commands…

See, this is the problem. The world has no obligation to obeying the teachings of Jesus because the teachings of Jesus are foreign to them. We can obey the teachings of Jesus because He indwells us. His Spirit produces through us the fruit that comes from the gifts that the Father gave Him.  We are expected to display that love that comes from God the Father through Jesus  by obeying what Jesus teaches…

See, this is part of the problem. People hear God’s Word, but outside of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God’s Word seems like gibberish to most people… Sometimes, the only way to understand God’s Word is to allow the Holy Spirit to teach you.  We’re told faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so faith isn’t going to be born until you’ve heard the Word of God. Faith is only going to grow when the Holy Spirit enters into a man. And you’re not going to understand God’s Word by starting with “begats.” You start with the knowledge of Who Jesus is and what it is that Jesus taught and then decide whether or not you believe that, and then everything else falls into place. Then the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send, will teach you all things. What I’m telling you today is not my teaching. I’m reading to you directly from His Word. And if you are understanding this today, it is not because I am teaching you, but it is because the Holy Spirit is teaching you. I just happen to be blessed to be a vessel with a big mouth and am able to pour a lot out, but it is the Father Who gets the credit because He gave us the Counselor, the Holy Spirit Who teaches us all things…

So, I encourage you: get into God’s Word. Read it completely through at least once. Don’t start in Genesis. The beginning is actually in John. That’s where you learn Who Jesus is. Then you read the other gospels and you find out about what Jesus did. And then you read the rest of what’s given to us, New Testament and Old Testament, and the knowledge that you’ve gained is phenomenal.

Pastor Dave Elkins