Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31)
How does keeping Jesus’ commandments express love for him?
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” Because this passage so obviously only applies to the Apostles of the Lord, I will not even ask thought questions concerning that point.
Why did Jesus need to ask the Father to give the disciples the Helper?
How would the Spirit be the disciples’ Helper?
n what way(s) was the Comforter with them “forever?”
Why was seeing and knowing the Helper a prerequisite for receiving him?
How did the Spirit dwell with the disciples?
How would the Spirit be in the disciples?
How would Jesus come to the disciples?
How would the disciples see Jesus and the world not see him?
If God loves the world, why does one need to keep Jesus’ commandments in order to be loved by the Father?
Why would John point out that the Judas at verse 22 was not Iscariot?
How do Jesus and the Father make their home with the one who loves Jesus, i.e., keep his commandments?
What other things would the Spirit teach the disciples?
Why would the disciples need to be reminded of the things Jesus taught?
How does the world give peace? What is the difference in the peace the world gives and the peace Jesus gives? What is the peace Jesus gives? What are the blessings of the peace Jesus gives?
Why would the disciples’ hearts be afraid? Would your heart have been afraid in such circumstances? How could the disciples keep their hearts from being afraid? How can we keep our hearts from being afraid?
Why should the disciples have rejoiced because Jesus was going to the Father? Why did they not rejoice? Do you find it difficult to rejoice with others? Why or why not?
Why would the disciples believe when the things Jesus had prophesied finally occurred?
“The ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” Who is the “ruler of this world?” Was he not already present in the world? How was he coming in a new way? Is he still present in this world?
Why did the ruler of this world have no claim on Jesus? How did Jesus demonstrate that the ruler of this world had no claim on him? Does the ruler of this world have a claim on you? How can you keep the ruler of this world from having a claim on you?
What did Jesus do that the Father had commanded him? Can you honestly say that you do what the Father has commanded you?
Jesus had said that loving him means keeping his commandments, and he demonstrated his love for the Father by obeying him. Notice that Jesus never commanded us to do something that he himself did not do! What lessons for leadership might be here?