Friday, March 23, 2012

John Chapter 14 and the Another Comforter

To say that the Trinity is unscriptural might hurt some people’s feelings but even Trinitarian theologians admit this. Just the words of Jesus themselves is sufficient for us to know that the Father is the one and only true God and that Jesus is His only begotten Son. If the Father is not a Father and the Son is not a Son then why stop with just those two beings in the Trinity? Why is the Holy Spirit just called the Holy Spirit? Jesus calls God His Father... then I believe that God is His Father. God calls His Son "this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased" so I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. It's that simple. Now, what about the Spirit? Well it is the Spirit of God; therefore it is a Holy Spirit not a separate person of from the Father. The devil has a spirit and that spirit is not holy but an unholy spirit. The spirit of devils (evil angels) can enter into human beings... but do we believe that the spirit of Satan is a different person than Satan? So why when we come to God we now step into something strange and go beyond anything that the bible has shown us and we assume that the Holy Spirit is a different person than God?

Let’s read John chapter 14 starting at verse 16...
16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; In this verse above Christ is talking about the Father giving the disciples another Comforter, and this Comforter was to ABIDE with them forever. Now we will come back to John chapter 14 in a moment but we need to read Matt. 28:20 "... and, lo, I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, even unto the end of the world. Amen" So Jesus before being carried away in the air (never to be seen physically by us again) says this crazy thing that He will be with us always, even unto the end of the world!!! Ok now back to John 14:17 "Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; BUT YE KNOW HIM..." I am going to pause here because I need to ask you a question... how did the disciples KNOW HIM, when this "another comforter was not yet given".  Let's read John 7:39 "(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) So we know from this verse above that the Holy Ghost or this "another Comforter" would not be given until Jesus was glorified. So we know that Jesus was glorified 10 days after He left the disciples (50 days after the crucifixion) on the day of Pentecost. What happened that day... well this "another Comforter" came into the disciples.

Now let’s continue in John 14:17... So why did Jesus say to the disciples that they knew this "another comforter"... well lets read on "...but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you (present tense), and shall be in you (future tense)."  So who was presently dwelling with them at that time? It was Jesus! Who was going to be in them at a future point in time? It was going to be Jesus! Jesus was going away and He was telling His disciples that He was going to come back to them in a different sense, in another sense. No longer would He be with them physically but He would be even nearer to them by sending His Own Spirit into them. But He could not do this until He was glorified... and this happened on the day of Pentecost.

Can anyone please tell me what John 14:18 says... does it fit with what I just explained?

Jesus physically is different than Jesus spiritually... hence "another comforter of the same kind". Not only that but the Bible is in harmony with the explanation provided above. See John 14:18. Also... in John 14, Jesus is talking to His disciples and telling them about "another Comforter". Can someone read the rest of that chapter and tell me who they believed this to be. Hint: John 14:22. If we fail to understand this chapter in its proper context then we have nothing further to talk about. We need to study the word of God and look at what it says with an honest sincere heart. We cannot bring our pre-conceived ideas or conclusions since they will obscure the meaning and the truth. Our biggest enemy is ourselves... our own pride. The honest seeker of truth only has to read John 14 carefully and the truth will be revealed to them. Amen. 

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