Wednesday, September 7, 2011
John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever
As Jesus has his final meal with His disciples the night before His crucifixion, He begins to unfold to them the inner nature of God and His own relationship to that nature. As Jesus does this, He uses the Triune nature of God to comfort His friends. In today’s blog I want us to consider two points: How does Jesus unfold the Trinity and How does Jesus use the Trinity to comfort His disciples.
How does Jesus unfold the Trinity?
Though we do not find the word “trinity” in the Bible, yet there are various other truths about God and Christ that demands one to believe in the Trinity. Jesus unfolds the Triune nature of God in the following way:
a. God is One God. John 14:1 “Believe in God”.
b. Jesus declares Himself equal to God. John 14:1 “believe also in me”; John 14:9 “He who has seen me has seen the Father”
c. Jesus asserts the Holy Spirit to have the same qualities as He and God the Father. John 14:16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper” (that word “another” refers to being the same kind of being)
d. Jesus asserts the Holy Spirit to be a person. John 14:16 “that He may be with you forever”
This four-fold argument is used by Jesus to lead us to the understanding of the God of the Bible. Jesus purpose’ for doing this is to enable his disciples, and us, to find comfort in the fullness of who God is. Let’s now see how the Trinity brings comfort.
How the Trinity brings comfort
a. The Trinity is the comfort of the Christian’s future
In order for the Christian to find comfort in Jesus Christ, they must believe in the Trinity, since Christ’s Deity leads naturally to an affirmation of that doctrine. Jesus says in John 14:2 “In my Father’s House are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” In Hebrews 11:10 describes Old Testament Abraham as “looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God”.
b. The Trinity is the comfort of the Christian’s present
In equating Himself with God the Father, Jesus also identifies the personality and equality of the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of God Himself inside the Christian is the most supreme comfort we can have in this present world. Jesus uses two verses to assert the reality of the Triune God indwelling all Christians through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
John 14:17 states – “that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” The Holy Spirit is not an “it” or an impersonal force, rather the Holy Spirit is “He”, a Person, a Divine person, God Himself, coming to take up residence.
In John 14:23 Jesus says – “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our abode with him.” To never be alone, to have the One God, who is Three Persons, with you at all times, means you are never alone.