Friday, May 29, 2009

John 14

Jesus' theme is to encourage the disciples. He uses several lines of thought:
  • He and the Father are one. He is on God's agenda. Nothing, however terrible, will destroy their unity.
  • There is a future for them. He is going and will return, having prepared an eternal dwelling.
  • He will send them a Comforter from the Father.
  • You have unlimited access in prayer.
  • You will do greater works than mine.
The disciples questions miss the mark by a large margin. They are not even close to the right idea and Jesus seems impatient with them. Paying attention to this chapter will help me not miss the mark.

God answers prayer to be glorified by the Son and to be glorified in the Son. Love between the Father and the Son is at stake in His answering prayer (John 14:13).

If you love the Father, keep his commands (John 14:15, 21, 23). This is word for word-for-word the same as 1 John 5:1-5.

So much of this is directed at their hearts. They are responsible for the condition of their heart, "Don't let your heart be troubled."

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