16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforter [helper], so that he may remain with you forever2 —
17 [Who is] the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him, nor knows him. But you know him because he dwells with you [now], and shall be in you [soon]. [Regarding, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot receive: The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5. For everyone who does evil deeds (sins) hates the light (so hates Christ, who is the light) and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved. John 3:20.]
18 I will not leave you comfortless like orphans; I will come to you.
13 However when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.3 For he shall not speak of himself, but he shall only speak what he hears; and he will show you things to come. [From the word of the Lord within: "Truly, I say to you, all the truth is magnificent; you will marvel when you see it. There are those who profess to know truth, only having knowledge of the Bible. It is no value to me to know truths and not know the Lord. Do you know him or just pretend to know him; to know him is to have met him and listened to him. Seek the meeting. To be in Jesus is to be in truth."]
21 But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God." [Those who have been experiencing the Spirit's removal of sin from their hearts, love the light and eagerly come to the light for further destruction of sin. Those who have been freed from sin, eagerly come to the light to be directed by God to do works of love, to their joy and God's glory: for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Eph 2:10. A man comes to the light by waiting on God in humble silence, watching and listening in hope of change by Jesus. Those who come to the light, love Christ, as evidenced by their obedience to the truth of what the Light and Word reveals to them; and they come to see more light, which then guides them in all words and deeds.]
24 God is a Spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."1 [True worship must be in His spirit to worship; it must be the truth of the life He produces in your heart, which life is the light, which light is the anointing, which is truth and is no lie — the inward truth; to be in truth is to be in union with Jesus who is the truth. So worship from your carnal mind, (which is enmity with God), speaking from your mind's will, praying from your mind, reciting a previous teaching, singing from your mind, reading from the Bible without direction from God — they are all out of a worship that is in spirit and truth, and an abomination to the Lord. The Apostle Paul and the early Quakers termed such worship, will-worship: worship according to man's will and mind, which mind is carnal and enmity with God. Worship in Spirit and Truth is worship with words supplied by the Spirit of God by someone who is also in the truth, (in Jesus, translated into the kingdom, in His presence); any other worship is idolatry and abomination, including all the so-called sacraments. From the word of the Lord within: "All must worship in spirit and truth; I totally deny all other forms of worship. Christianity has no idea what I am or for what I stand. None of the churches reflect true Christianity. Sin in believers is intolerable. When they pray, they don't pray to God; they pray to their collective conscience." In vain does Christianity worship Jesus and God because they pray to an image they have created based on which scriptures they think are valid and their opinion of what those scriptures mean; thus creating an imagined image of God according to their collective conscience. True worship is continuously following the Lord's leading in what to say and do, not just in a assembly of believers, but always, continually, everywhere; only those who are in Spirit and Truth can do so.]
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you continue in my word [not the Bible, but teachings and commands heard from Jesus speaking directly to you], then you are truly my disciples; [If you continue to wait, watch, and listen to Jesus, who is the word and light within your heart, you are a true disciple, who will produce the fruit of the Spirit, who will be guided into all truth, and then who will have become free of all sin.]
32 And [then] you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."4 [You will only know the truth to become free "If you continue in my word," as verse 31 above states; the way is to continue in His word, which word is not the Bible but the word that is in your heart and mouth to obey. The truth is in the life of God, (who is Jesus), which life is light, which light is the anointing, which is truth. Jesus is the life and the truth, and when you fully possess Him, (the word, the anointing, the light, the life, the truth), He will set you free from the bondage of sin so that sin no longer controls you and is not even desirable; instead you will be guided by God with every word to speak and every deed to be done — that is being free, free from the bondage and slavery to sin.]
6 Then Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father, but by me. [It is not enough to believe Jesus is the Son of God; you must expose yourself to hearing him command your repentance and then obey him — repetitively until you see him bring your salvation. He guides you along this narrow way of the cross, in which you must daily deny yourself to follow, (obey), Him. As kingdom-dwelling Isaac Penington wrote: "the way is long, the travel hard, the enemies and difficulties many, and that there is need of much faith, hope, patience, repentance, watchfulness against temptations, etc., before the life (superior, eternal life of God) in them arrives." Each word you hear from Him transmits the life of Christ to be engrafted in your heart until he is fully formed and resurrected in you to be your true Lord who rules all your words and deeds. With endurance to the end, you will come to be a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, Eph 4:13.]
17 Sanctify [make them holy, purify, consecrate] them through your truth. Your word is truth.
|James 1:18 |
18 By his own will he fathered us by the word of truth, so that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.