John 14

John 14:1

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

Believe in God, believe also in Me. The Jews did the former; Christians do both.

There are different kinds of faith but only one kind that saves. The chief priests and elders believed in God but their faith was not accompanied by the work of believing in the One he sent (see entry for Jas. 2:18). Theirs was a dead and useless faith.

John 14:15

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

(a) If you love Me. Our love for the Lord is a response to his great love for us (1 John 4:19).

(b) You will keep My commandments. When you know how much Jesus loves you, he is easy to trust and obey. His great love inspires us to trust him. This is the essence of faith. See also the entry for John 14:23.

John 14:16

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

(a) The Father; see entry for John 4:21.

(b) The Helper. Life is too big for any of us to handle, but the good news is that God is our very great Helper (Deu. 33:26). “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings” (Ps. 63:7).

Further reading: “Who’s your Helper?

(c) He may be with you forever. The moment you said yes to Jesus, God stamped you with his seal of ownership and gave you his Spirit as a guarantee of your salvation (2 Cor. 1:22, Eph. 1:13). The Holy Spirit doesn’t come and go but he dwells or abides in you forever.

John 14:17

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.

He abides with you. You are not a motel room for the Lord. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). You are his forever home (John 14:16, Rom. 8:9, Heb. 13:5).

John 14:20

“In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

(a) My Father; see entry for John 4:21.

(b) You in Me, and I in you. You are one with the Lord. The best way to understand this is to picture the relationship of a vine and its branches (John 15:5). The branches are part of the vine and the life of the vine flows through the branches.

Intimacy is not something we ever need long for. (He is already with us.) We don’t have to beg God to rend the heavens and come down. (He already did.) And we never have to fear that he might abandon us as orphans. (He promised he wouldn’t.) The good news declares that now and forever more, you are in intimate union with the Lord (Eph. 2:13).

John 14:23

Jesus answered and said to him, “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.

(a) If anyone loves Me. No one can love Jesus unless they have first received the love of God. We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).

(b) He will keep My word. When you know how much Jesus loves you, he is easy to trust and obey (John 14:15). His great love for us inspires us to trust him.

In the new covenant, obedience follows trust, and we trust him because we know his love. However, someone with an old covenant mindset reverses the order: “If you wish to earn his love, you must keep his commandments.” Perversely, this mindset will have the very opposite effect as it will cause you to trust in yourself while alienating you from Christ (Gal. 5:4).

(c) My Father; see entry for John 4:21.

(d) Will love him. The God that Jesus revealed is a loving Father (John 10:17, 14:21, 15:9, 16:27, 17:23, 26).

(e) Make Our abode with him. Just as the Holy Spirit abides with us (John 14:17), so do the Father and the Son. “Surely I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).

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