Rev. Stephen Caddick Mid-week Bible Study 27th May 2020
Read John 16 v 5-15
V 5-7 I wonder how many of you have been on holiday to Israel and have dreamt of what it would have been like to have been there in Jesus’ day, or maybe when reading the gospels have imagined what it would have been like to listen to Jesus or witness some of His miracles. Here in this passage Jesus is trying to prepare His disciples for the time when He will no longer be with them. As He speaks of His departure from the disciples sorrow has gripped them. Jesus tells them that it is to their advantage that He is going away. It is only when He goes that He can send the Holy Spirit to them. The Greek name for the Holy Spirit is “Parakletos” which can be translated comforter, encourager, counsellor, guide, one who comes alongside. Read John ch14 v16-17 The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus, they will recognise Him because they already know Him, He has been with them all this time. Now He can be with them always and will never leave them. He will not only be with them but He will indwell them.
V 8-11 The Holy Spirit will continue the work that Jesus had begun. Jesus mentions 3 things that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of, sin, righteousness, and judgement. He convicts the world of sin to bring people to belief in Jesus, and their need of a saviour. He convicts of righteousness as He points to Jesus as the perfect man, who through His life, death, resurrection and ascension offers us His own righteousness. Read Romans ch4 v5. He convicts the world of judgment, the ruler of this world Satan is defeated, Jesus is victorious. Notice the judgement is for the world there is no judgment for the believer read John ch5 v24.
V12-15 Here Jesus tells them that His time is short but that the Holy Spirit will continue to teach them. The Holy Spirit is described as the spirit of truth. Do we ask the Spirit of truth to lead us into the truth when we read the Bible? Has the Holy Spirit made alive a verse of the bible when you have been reading? Sometime a word just jumps off the page even though we have read it a hundred times before. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, He is the beautiful spirit of Jesus and He will never contradict God’s written word, read Psalm 119 v160, and 2Timothy ch 3 v16-17 . How does this impact our confidence in God’s word? All of His promises are true and everlasting. The Holy Spirit’s work is to glorify Jesus. He makes real for us in our own lives what Jesus has won for us, His victory and blessings.
We are living in the days that the Old Testament Prophets could only dream of. We can know God is with us, even in us. He is guiding, comforting, encouraging and teaching us by His Holy Spirit. Whatever your need is today, our God is with us, He is more than able and more than willing to meet that need. Philippians ch 4 v19 “My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”