The Disciple’s Question

Archibald Rutledge wrote that he met a man whose dog had just been killed in a forest fire. Heartbroken, the man explained how it happened. Because he worked out-of-doors, he often took his dog with him. That morning, he left the animal in a clearing and gave him a command to stay ... More


Jesus spoke these things while He was with the disciples, but His time with them was running out. The Holy Spirit would soon come to teach and to remind them of everything Jesus had taught them (vv. 25-26). This Helper is defined by holiness and truth (v. 17). Jesus was the Father’s representative on earth. In the same way, the Spirit would be Jesus’ representative. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is that of enlightening the revealed truth to believers. When we go to God’s Word, the Bible, in reliance on the Spirit of God, our Helper will help us to glean truth from what we read and apply that truth to our lives. 

The world bases its peace on resources, while God’s peace depends on relationships. People in the world walk by sight and depend on the externals, but Christians need to walk by faith and depend on the internals. In this hour of sorrow for the disciples, Christ promised a unique kind of peace that is different than the world’s peace (v.27). His peace would calm troubled and fearful hearts. Unsaved people enjoy peace when there is an absence of trouble while Christians enjoy peace despite trials because of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. 


Jesus assures them that they would see Him again (v. 28). Christ foretold these events knowing that the faith of the disciples would be increased when they came to pass (vv. 29-30). “Arise, let us go hence” (v. 31). The hour for which Jesus came had arrived. Jesus had been with His disciples in the Upper Room. He is now preparing to go to the Garden of Gethsemane, and He will soon go to the cross. 



Has my love for God and obedience to Him changed in the past six months? What promise from this passage means the most to me? Why?

John 14:25-31 (English Standard Version)

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