The Book of John is unique among the Gospel accounts. You may read it when you are yet in shallow waters near the shore, and you will find Jesus there. You may read it and find yourself totally immersed in deep truths about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I will go deep, and if it is too much, don’t worry! Stay in the shallow waters for a bit. He will take you deeper, as you get to know Him!
The whole book of John is full of powerful and life-giving truths. But John 14! My heart sings! I said to the Lord, “I won’t be able to contain myself!” And I believe He said, “Then don’t!” Hallelujah! So excuse all the exclamation points . . . I’m having a glory moment!
Verse 1 — The disciples were troubled, indeed. He had just told them that He would be with them only a little while longer, and they would not be able to come where He was about to go!
So what did He say? “Not your heart be troubled (roiled, stirred, agitated)! Believe in God, believe also in Me!” The original Greek does not say “Do not let,” because that would mean it is something WE can do. But when He commands, “Not be troubled,” it must be so.
IMPORTANT POINT: Is your heart troubled? Do you feel like Jesus is not with you? Don’t rely on feelings. Believe! Now, if you are willfully disobeying Him, your sin separates you from Him. But if you repent (turn away from your sin and ask Him to forgive you), He will come to you.
Verses 2-3 — Oh, not your heart be troubled!!! Why? Because there are many dwelling places in His Father’s house. He would not have said so if it were not true. He never lies.
He was leaving His disciples, but He was going to prepare a place for them, in His Father’s house! And He would come and receive them (bring near, geographically) to Himself so they would be where He is. Holy intimacy with Jesus in His Father’s house! Oh, my!
IMPORTANT POINTS: If you are His disciple, one who follows (obeys) Him, then He is preparing a place for you, too!
And He would not go and prepare a place for you if He was not going to come and receive you to Himself, so you are where He is — in His Father’s house, in holy intimacy with Him!
Verses 4-6 — And you know (perfect intimate knowledge in view) the way I am going, He promises. But Thomas doesn’t understand. We don’t know where you are going — how can we know the way?
Now for another great I AM statement from the I AM, the always existing God the Son, who was and is and ever will be! Sorry for all the exclamations, but I’m rejoicing! Why?
I AM the way, the truth, and the life, says Jesus. No one can come to the Father unless they come through Me.
He is the one and only God the Son who is the one and only WAY (the only means) to the Father, the one and only source of TRUTH (the reality lying at the basis of appearance, the manifested, veritable essence of the matter, embodied in Him), and the one and only Giver of eternal LIFE, zoe, life as God has it!
He says they know perfectly through intimate knowledge, but they do not yet. From this point on, You will hear Jesus speak as if Pentecost has already happened, so they may know how wonderfully their eyes of their hearts will be enlightened and flooded with light (see Ephesians 1:18)!
IMPORTANT POINT: People say there are many ways (many religions) that lead to God. That is simply not true. There is only one way to the true and living God, who is God the Father.
You are only able to be in the Father’s house, a member of His family, a child of His, if you believe in Jesus Christ. It must be more than a few words at an altar — there must be a reflection of His divine character and attributes in your life, as evidence of His divine influence on your heart.
Then, when your body falls away and you stand before Him, He will say, This one is mine! “Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your Master!” (See Matthew 25:21.) Enter into His joy! Hallelujah! And He also promises that His joy will be in you here and now, to the full (John 15:11). Imagine that! No, don’t just imagine, believe and ask Him to do it in you! He will show you that it is true, if you believe.
Verses 7-9 — Jesus then tells them that if they knew Him, they would know His Father also. They had not known the Father, but from now on (He refers to Pentecost), they would know the Father. They have seen the Father — they just don’t understand yet.
Philip’s question reveals that lack of understanding. Show us the Father, he said. That will be enough to ease our troubled hearts. But Jesus said He had been with them all this time, and yet they did not know Jesus Christ. He is the exact representation of the Father, the image of the invisible God (Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:13). So why did Philip ask this foolish question, “Show us the Father?” They would receive eyes to see the truth, when Pentecost came.
IMPORTANT POINT: Many people believe in the idea of Jesus, but they do not perfectly and intimately know Him. They know about Him. They are like His disciples before Pentecost. They saw His miracles, they heard His words, but they still could not see. Ask Him to open your eyes, to give you a personal Pentecost! You will be amazed and rejoice and worship Him forever!
Verse 10 — Jesus is in the Father, and the Father is in Jesus. He is God the Son, in God the Father, geographically located with Him, so to speak. And God the Father is geographically located in Jesus Christ. How? He was fully God the Son and fully man when He was on the earth, and He was full of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, He does not speak on His own initiative, but God the Father who remains and dwells in Jesus does His works through Jesus Christ. You won’t speak on your own initiative either, when God the Father is in you.
IMPORTANT POINT: Many who know about Jesus speak their own words and do natural works on their own initiative. But disciples who perfectly and intimately know God the Father and God the Son (because They dwell in them) would never say some of the things that are said in pulpits and books today. They would speak only God’s words and do only God’s works.
Verses 11-12 — Why do true disciples do and say only what God does and says? Why must He dwell in you? So people will believe. Jesus says, Believe Me. Simply believe Me. But if you can’t simply believe Me, believe because these are God things that I do. That can only happen if the Father abides in you.
Truly, truly, He said. A great and important truth! If you believe in Me, you will do the works I do. Not only that, you will do greater, because I go to the Father. What a promise! What could we possibly do that was greater than the works Jesus Christ did when He was on the earth?
It is “because I go to the Father.” What was going to happen when He went to the Father? He would be glorified, and the Holy Spirit would be poured into those waiting in the upper room (John 7:39). That meant the Father and the Son would abide in them. That meant they would be able to go to others, and these others would experience their own personal Pentecost. I’m getting ahead of myself, I know, but I can’t help it! Keep following Jesus’ words.
Verses 13-14 — Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father will be glorified in the Son. If you ask me ANYTHING in My name, I will do it.
Whatever! Anything! So you can say, “Aren’t I great?” No! It is so the Father will be glorified because you can only do what you do because you believe in Jesus Christ, and the Father and He abide (dwell and remain) in you!! And all must agree that the promise of the Father is true (Acts 1:4).
Verses 15-16 — If you love Jesus Christ, you will obey Him. AND. This word is left out of many versions and translations of the Bible. But it is there, in the original Greek. If you love Jesus, you will obey Him, AND then He will ask the Father, and the Father will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever. Your love and obedience to Jesus Christ are the conditions for the Father to send you the Helper, which Jesus will explain is the Holy Spirit.
Verse 17 — This Helper is the Spirit of truth. He embodies truth, and declares only God’s truth. What keeps the world from receiving (accepting and being filled with) the Holy Spirit? They do not believe. They do not see the Holy Spirit. They do not have intimate knowledge of the Holy Spirit.
Why “cannot” they believe? They refuse Christ. They don’t want to think of themselves as sinners in need of a Savior. They consider the cross to be foolishness (1Corinthians 1:8).
The disciples had Jesus Christ WITH them. He stayed WITH them, when He walked the earth, and the Holy Spirit was IN Him. God walked WITH them. But He was about to be glorified, and that is not how it is to be, now that He is glorified. The Holy Spirit will soon be IN them, for He promises, “and will be IN you.”
Verses 18-20 — He will not leave them as orphans, as children with no Father. He will come to them. Soon, the world will not physically see Jesus Christ. But His disciples, all who believe in Him, will see Him. How? Their spiritual eyes will be opened at Pentecost! And because Jesus Christ lives eternally, so will they!
When will it happen? On that day. On a particular day. On your day of Pentecost.
Then you will perfectly know that Jesus Christ’s words are true — He is in the Father, and the Father is in Him, AND Jesus Christ is IN you! Glory to God!
He did not stay in the tomb! He took your sin and mine on that cross. But that wasn’t the end of it. He rose again, to give us eternal life and to be glorified so we may have this wonderful “and will be IN you!” And you will speak the Father’s words and do the Father’s works, and you will know God perfectly and intimately. Hallelujah!
Verse 21 — Here is the condition of the promise He has given: you must love Christ. If you have and keep His commandments (know them and keep them to the best of your knowledge), then you love Him. If you obey Him, that means you love Him.
Because you obey Him, thus revealing that you love Him, then the Father will love you, too. He will love you with His love, the same love the Father has for the Son. And Jesus Christ will love you with the same love the Father has for the Son. And Jesus Christ will disclose Himself, reveal Himself to you.
And then you will be filled with His Spirit, and love with His love, and you will be able to read 1Corinthians 13 and know that you have, that you literally possess, the love of God. His love is literally inside of you! So all that you say is exactly what you hear the Father say and all that you do is exactly what you see the Father doing. And Jesus Christ and the Father are glorified.
Per 1Corinthians 13, it is possible to practice the spiritual gifts (1Corinthians 12) and lack His love. But all your practicing is nothing, unless you do so in the very love of God, with His actual love in your heart. Some in the churches that believe the spiritual gifts are “for today” go astray in this, as we see in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians.
Verses 22-24 — Judas (not Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him) asked how they would be able to see Jesus and the world would not? The world does not love and obey Him. If you love Jesus Christ, you obey His word. And His word will be, “Stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high,” (Luke 24:49). Then you will have the power to obey Me fully. We cannot obey in our own strength. We are bound to fail. We must have new hearts that respond to His every whisper (Ezekiel 36:26-27). That is the promise of the Father.
The world will not obey His commands which reveals that they do not love. Those are the Father’s words, not Jesus’ own words. And therefore they will not stay and will not receive power to obey. They have rejected Christ. But if you DO obey, Jesus repeats that His Father will love you!
AND . . . We (God the Father and God the Son) will come to you and make Their abode with you — they will dwell in you permanently. And their love will dwell in you permanently! And their power will dwell in you permanently!
Verses 25-26 — He spoke these things while abiding WITH his disciples. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, who will be IN you, will teach them all things, and cause them to remember ALL of Jesus’ words to them. The Gospels are inspired by the Holy Spirit, not just some stories written by men. The disciples who wrote them were able to do so because the Holy Spirit reminded them of ALL of Jesus’ words.
Verse 27 — Jesus speaks again to the disciples’ (and our) fear. He is going away. They cannot come YET, but will follow later (John 13:36). Here is what He leaves with them, until they can follow later. Peace, but not just any peace. HIS peace. When you observe Christians who are not beside themselves with worry and concern in this ever-crazier world, you know they have His peace. It is not the world’s peace, which is fleeting and capricious. It is His. Not your heart be troubled! Not be fearful!
Verse 28 — If the disciples had understood, they would have rejoiced that He was going way, because He was going to the Father, who is greater than Him. This speaks again of the Trinity — God the Father being greater than God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who will fill you and who brooded over the waters at the Creation, poised to bring to pass all of the “Let there be’s” in Genesis 1.
Verses 29-30 — Jesus tells them ahead of time. That way, when it happens, they will believe. There is no question, when the promise of the Father comes to you, when you are filled with God, that you can disbelieve. Amen!
But Jesus says the ruler of this world is coming. Satan is about to complete His plan, using His children — the Jewish elite who reject their Christ. But Satan has nothing in Christ. He has no case against Christ. He has no rights toward Christ. He is about to be soundly and permanently disarmed and publicly defeated —
Colossians 2:13-15 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him (that is, God the Father).
Verse 31 — This was all about to happen so that the world would know that Jesus Christ loved the Father and was a totally obedient Son, doing exactly what the Father commanded (see Philippians 2:6-11), emptying Himself of His glory and obedient to the point of death on a cross! Thanks be to God. Have this same humbleness in yourself, dear reader, for the Father shall surely exalt you at the proper time (1Peter 5:6)!! It is altogether lovely, altogether powerful!
Then Jesus says, “Get up, let us go from here.” He is about to begin the trek to the Garden of Gethsemane. On the way, He will pass the Temple. And that is where Chapter 15 begins. May all of this bless you and make you hungry and thirsty for righteousness, for you will surely be filled (Matthew 5:6)! Hallelujah!