JOHN 14 – the Comforter - the Spiritual Manifestation
Jesus would leave the disciples in how they knew him, in bodily, human form. And he would return to them in spiritual form. They didn’t ask who was coming when he told them that he will come to them as “another comforter”, but they wondered “how”. See verse 22.
King James version:
v1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. v2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. v3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. v4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. v5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? v6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. v7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. v8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. v9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? v10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. v11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. v12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
v13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. v14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. v15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
v16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; v17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. v18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. v19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. v20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. v21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. v22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? v23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. v24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. v25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. v26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. v27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. v28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. v29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. v30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. v31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence."
Strong's Concordance G3875 is found five times in scripture (KJV). John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7 and 1 John 2:1 - Its usage is: an ADVOCATE, Intercessor, a consoler, COMFORTER, helper, Paraclete or Parakletos. Take a look at the above illustration. Read 1 John 2:1: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an ADVOCATE with the Father, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS."
John 14 Summary:
v6 Jesus is the channel, the way to the Father. He is our go between, our mediator.
v7-9 Because Christ is Begotten of the Father before the creation of the worlds, he has a special identity. He has the same nature and character of the Father. He came out from God and was sent from God. He is the express image of the Father. So in knowing the Son of God, you know God in heaven.
v10-11 The Father’s Spirit dwells in Christ, the Spirit of God aka Holy Spirit. That is how the Father communicates to His Son and tells Him what and how to speak.
v12 This verse ends with a hint that Jesus is leaving them soon.
v13-14 Jesus tells them to pray, to ask in His name. By doing so the Father will be glorified in the Son.
v15 Are we to be obedient in the instruction from Jesus? If you love me, keep my commandments. Remember the Father is speaking to us thru His Son.
v16 Another Comforter – a substitute of Christ – will abide (be with) with you forever.
Spirit of truth – world can’t receive because it doesn’t know him or see him.
Spirit of truth – the disciples know him and the Spirit of truth dwells with them.
Who was dwelling with them at that moment? Christ
Spirit of truth – now it will be in them (the disciples)
Spirit + Christ = Spirit of Christ
Christ in His Spirit is the Spirit of Truth
v18 This is a rare time when Jesus speaks of Himself in speaking in first person language. Typically He speaks about himself in third person language speaking about the “Son of Man”.
But here He says TWICE, “I”.
"I will not leave you comfortless.
I will come to you."
Here Jesus is promising to come to us. He, Himself. He won’t leave us comfortless.
Does he say he is sending a friend? No. Someone else? No.
v19 Jesus tells them that the world is not going to see him any more. But they (the disciples) will still see Him because He lives.
v20 A real trinity. The union of a true Christian, his creator, God the Father, and Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
v21 Again reinforcement of obedience to the commandments. It is a reflection of love to the Father and the Son. And in return, the Father and the Son will love us. Then Jesus says that He will manifest Himself unto us that keep the commandments, and love God and Christ.
v22 Judas is wondering why Jesus is going to come to them (manifest himself unto them), but not the rest of the world. He asks “HOW” are you going to do this? You see, there was no question who was going to come to them. Judas didn’t ask “WHO”. He asked "HOW?"
v23 Thru faith, obedience and love, there is the union of the believer with the Father and the Son. It is the Father and the Son it says here that are going to come and make their “ABODE” with you. In your heart and mind. And this is done thru their Spirit. It belongs to them, not someone else.
v24 What Jesus is telling them is coming from the Father. It is the Father’s message.
If we love Him, we will obey and keep the teachings within our hearts and minds.
v25 You are a testimony, a witness that Jesus said all of this while he was with them in the flesh, in person.
v26 the Comforter (Advocate)
Comforter = Holy Ghost (Spirit) – Father will send in Christ’s name
Comforter = Spirit that is holy + in Christ’s name
Comforter = Holy Spirit of Christ also known as the Spirit of Christ
He will teach you all things and remind you of all things
v28 Jesus reminds them that he told them that he would need to go away. However, he is coming back “unto you” he says. He tells them that he is going “unto the Father”. “For my Father is greater than I.”
v29 Jesus tells them this before it happens so when it does happen, they will realize what is going on and believe.
v30 He warns them that the evil one is coming but he has no control over Jesus.
v31 But the evil one must come so that the world will learn a lesson. That the Son loves the Father and is obedient to the Father regardless of what is going to happen.
Lets review the clues from Jesus in JOHN 14:
I will come again, and receive you unto myself.
I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me.
whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son
ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
the Spirit of truth - ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
ye shall know that I in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. (THE BIBLICAL TRINITY)
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (COME TO HIM IN SPIRIT FORM)
how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
we will come unto him, and make our abode with him (FATHER AND SON COME AND DWELL WITH THE BELIEVER)
Comforter, the Holy Ghost , the Father will send in my name. (CHRIST NAME – THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST)
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I GO AWAY, and COME AGAIN UNTO YOU.
Also in Matthew 28:20, Jesus said “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”