|John 14:26 |
26 But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit and whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things,6 and bring all things to your remembrance — whatever I have said to you.
6 But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit and whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach them all things; (26) which is the only way we can learn. We must be quiet to listen to the Holy Spirit's teachings. And 1 John 2:20, "But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things; and 1 John 2:27, But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth...and show you things to come. John 16:13
He also said his disciples would do greater things than he had done, (12), and on that day whatever they asked would be granted. (13).
Jesus has promised how his disciples, (and we who believe the promises), that they would become one with Jesus and one with God, (junior but up to God). Jesus has described being translated into the Kingdom of heaven within them and around them.
These promises are the true hope, of the true believers. With this true hope, their obedient faith can purify their hearts and souls, so they can be presented perfect as acceptable company for fellowship with the Father and Son. For without purity, fellowship is impossible: For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14
Notice, all these promises are predicated on obedience; obedience to the commands, the teachings, the words of Jesus. And to hear the commands, specifically tailored to your condition, you must come to him (wait in silence), listen for his words, hear his words, believe them to be from the Son of God, and then obey them as though your soul depends on obeying, which it does: You must listen, hear, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls, James 1:21; the words you hear the Lord speak to you, and which you obey, are grafted into your heart because the words he speaks to us are spirit and life-giving — the words retained impart and build the life of God in us. By this process God writes his law into our hearts: I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people, Jer 31:33; as he says if you listen to and obey my voice, I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you. Jer 7:23
These promises are beyond anything man has ever imagined — to become one with God, (junior but up to God). Yet the promises have been discarded, lost, forgotten, ignored, even ridiculed as impossible — all by the beast with horns like a lamb, with many names — the false church, the church of Babylon. Babylon means confusion, and confusion has veiled the true hope and faith from being realized, substituting ritual and form of godliness without power, to supposedly justify continuing to live in sin, in enmity to God. Just like Eve was deceived, can't you hear the tempter whispering his lies to deceive you now: "has not Jesus guaranteed you a place in heaven, with grace paying for all your sins (past, present, and future) — so go ahead, keep on sinning; haven't you been told that Jesus will stand up for you and excuse you; besides that, doesn't everyone sin?"
But as Jesus said: Repent or perish. Sin no more. If your hand, foot, or eye causes you to sin, cut them off; for it is better to enter the kingdom without a body part, than to enter Hell with them. Depart from me you who work iniquity [sin, lawlessness, or wickedness], for I never knew you. As Paul said: You can be sure that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6
And because to be born again and be free from sin requires one to lose their selfish life on the inward cross of self-denial, people rush to believe the false teachers describing the broad, easy way, that seems right, but leads to destruction.
Once you grasp the true promises, the true hope, the true gospel — then all the scriptures will begin to make sense, without having to discard the exclusions, the requirements, and the qualifying conditions; including the requirements of cleansing — purity — perfection and holiness.
we are saved by hope, Rom 8:24. Salvation is not to be presumed, salvation is to be experienced and seen.
We are saved by heart-and-soul-purifying grace through our faith in God's promises, but we must have the hope of our securing them:
- by the hope of being guided into all truth and taught all things by God,
- by the hope of being cleansed by the power of God,
- by the hope of being delivered from our sins,
- by the hope of coming out of darkness to the light of God,
- by the hope of becoming children of the light, (the light being God),
- by the hope of overcoming the world, the devil, and death, to victory,
- by the hope of being renewed into the spiritual image of God,
- by the hope of walking by faith, in the spirit, in love, and in the light,
- by the hope of becoming pure,
- by the hope of seeing God appear in your heart,
- by the hope of seeing the glory of God,
- by the hope of you appearing in glory with Him when he appears,
- by the hope of producing the fruit of the spirit and bringing glory to the Father,
- by the hope of becoming righteous,
- by the hope of becoming holy,
- by the hope of a forever cleansing and perfection,
- by the hope of being perfected as commanded,
- by the hope of growing up into a perfect man, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
- by the hope of being raised with Christ, as Christ is resurrected in you,
- by the hope of becoming an entirely new creature,
- by the hope of Christ ruling in your heart,
- by the hope of entering the promised rest from our labors, to thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, energized by God,
- by the hope of joining in union with Christ and the Father,
- by the hope of entering the Kingdom of God ,
- by the hope of fellowship with Christ and the Father,
- by the hope of fellowship in the Spirit with other saints in the world, and past men made perfect,
- by the hope of eternal Life in God that is brought to us as we see him bring our salvation — and
- by the hope of all of this occurring by faith through the grace of God as we live in this present world.
And how do we realize our hope? To sit at Jesus' feet and listen to his word is the one thing needed by any who wish to experience the promises of the Bible:
Now it came to pass as they went, that he entered into a certain village, and a woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word.
Now Martha was distracted with much serving, and so came to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her that she should help me."
But Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.
"There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42
Jesus was not reading scriptures to Mary, he was speaking to her; we must hear him speak to us too: for the words I speak to you are spirit and they are life-giving. John 6:63; his words spoken to us impart the life of God to us, if we hear and obey them. We must go to him. We must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. We must listen, hear, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21. Daily we must wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. We must endure to the end, when we see Christ bring our salvation.
To sit quietly, struggling with your mind to listen, is a cross to your will; to obey is a cross to your will — denying your will, and yielding to thy will be done — this is the inward cross of self-denial. Do this, and you are following Jesus.
Surely he loves the people; all your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words. Deu 33:3
From the Word of the Lord within: "Hope releases the power of God to change you. There is no hope for anyone outside the power of God." Without the power of God working in you, there is no victory, there is no overcoming. There are three sources to the power of God being released to purify you: 1) power in the true hope and gospel, 2) power in the inward cross of self denial, and 3) the power in the name of Jesus. This power of God works in us, and keeps us through faith to salvation, which is to be delivered from sin. Christendom today is without the cross and without the true hope; and so without the power of God, left only as a form (hollow shell) of the original Christianity, without the new life of the new creature, without holiness, wallowing in sin, boasting of their imperfection, perishing, whose end is destruction. For without the power of God released to change a man, his heart remains full of sin and unacceptable to God, whatever his lips may say in the form of worship. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; so that everyone may receive what is due him, according to what he has done in the body, whether it is good or bad. 2 Cor 5:10
(Click to John 17 for more on the forgotten gospel, the true hope, and the true faith).