John chapter 14

Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. He reveals God the Father. We can ask him anything. He promises the Holy Spirit. He gives us peace.

 


 

JESUS IS THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

 

VERSE 1. “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.

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VERSE 2. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.

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VERSE 3. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.

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VERSE 4. You know where I go, and you know the way.”

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VERSE 5. Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

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VERSE 6. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.

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I am the way, the truth, and the life. These claims are very powerful. We cannot think of any other person in history who has claimed to be any of those things.

Daniel 8:12. The army was given over to it together with the continual burnt offering through disobedience. It cast down truth to the ground, and it did its pleasure and prospered.

John 14:6. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”

John 18:37. Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

2 Peter 1:16. For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

3 John 1:4. I have no greater joy than this: to hear about my children walking in truth.

Revelation 3:14. To the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write: “The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of God’s creation, says these things:

No one comes to the Father, except through me. Jesus sees himself as the only gate through which we gain access to God the Father.

Revelation 19:11. I saw the heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it is called Faithful and True. In righteousness he judges and makes war.

 

JESUS REVEALS GOD THE FATHER

 

VERSE 7. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him.”

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VERSE 8. Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

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Lord, show us the Father. Philip wants to glimpse God the Father.

 

VERSE 9. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’

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do you not know me, Philip? This is a startling reply from Jesus. If Philip knew Jesus, he also knew God the Father. He and God the Father are one.

 

VERSE 10. Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works.

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VERSE 11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

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WE CAN ASK JESUS ANYTHING

 

VERSE 12. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.

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NIV translation. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

he who believes in me. Miracles done in the name of Jesus Christ begin with faith in Jesus Christ.

the works that I do, he will do also. Jesus says that if you believe in him, you will be able to do signs and miracles like he did.

he will do greater works than these. In fact, a believer should be able to do even greater signs and miracles than Jesus did.

Sirach 46:4. Did not the sun go back by his hand? And didn’t one day become as two?

John 14:12. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (NIV translation).

Philippians 3:10. that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death,

 

VERSE 13. Whatever you will ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

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ask in my name. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to pray in his name. Here are all the verses we found that instruct us to pray in the name of Jesus. Read more »

 

VERSE 14. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it.

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This verse is referred to in a famous book on continuous prayer called The Way of a Pilgrim.

If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to pray in his name. Here are all the verses we found that instruct us to pray in the name of Jesus. Read more »

 

JESUS PROMISES THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

VERSE 15. If you love me, keep my commandments.

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VERSE 16. I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever:

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I … Father … Counselor. Where is the Holy Trinity defined or alluded to in the New Testament? Here are the verses we found.

another Counselor. That is, the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the first advocate. The Holy Spirit is the second.

Romans 8:26. In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.

 

VERSE 17. the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive; for it doesn’t see him and doesn’t know him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.

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Romans 8:26. In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.

he lives with you, and will be in you. The Holy Spirit takes up residence within us. We become a temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

VERSE 18. I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

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FATHER AND SON AND HOLY SPIRIT

 

VERSE 19. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also.

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VERSE 20. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

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VERSE 21. One who has my commandments and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.”

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that person is one who loves me. Who is it that loves Jesus? It is the person who knows his commands and obeys them.

People ask, “Do you love Jesus?” They could equally ask, “Do you follow the commands of Jesus?”

What are the commands of Jesus? Of course, most people would say we should love one another. In practice, to many people, that more-or-less means we should be nice to each other. It is unlikely that Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we would be nice to each other.

The notion of the “commands of Jesus” is much more than simply being nice to each other.

 

VERSE 22. Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”

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VERSE 23. Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.

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VERSE 24. He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word which you hear isn’t mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

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VERSE 25. I have said these things to you while still living with you.

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VERSE 26. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.

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Holy Spirit … Father … my. Where is the Holy Trinity defined or alluded to in the New Testament? Here are the verses we found.

he will teach you all things. One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to teach. The Holy Spirit wil teach us all things. That suggests an infinite number of topics. Is there any way to guess what the main topics will be?

remind you of all that I said to you. The core topics will be the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will remind us of them. The practice of Scripture Memory fits nicely with this. We memorize the Bible texts that stand out to us. That fills our hearts and minds with the teachings of Jesus. That way, we will probably have less internal resistance to the “reminding” ministry of the Holy Spirit.

 

CHRIST’S GIFT OF PEACE

 

VERSE 27. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

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not as the world gives. A gift the world cannot give. Is the Lord alluding to Contemplative Prayer?

 

VERSE 28. You heard how I told you, ‘I go away, and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said ‘I am going to my Father;’ for the Father is greater than I.

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VERSE 29. Now I have told you before it happens so that when it happens, you may believe.

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VERSE 30. I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me.

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VERSE 31. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let’s go from here.

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