11-22-2020 Standing in Christ Jesus
I’ve spoken these things to you in proverbs, but the time will come when I will no longer speak to you in proverbs but I will show you plainly about the Father.
In that day you shall ask in My name and I’m not going to tell you that I will pray the Father on your behalf
But the Father, Himself, loves you because you have loved Me and believed that I came from God.
I came from the Father, coming into this world, and again, I leave the world to go (back) to the Father.
Let’s take a look at what this passage is saying.
Here Jesus says that even His disciples didn’t fully understand what He was telling the people. At another time He gave them a reason why. Those who do not truly seek Him might gain an imagery of salvation without their sins being forgiven. “Lord, didn’t we do all these wonderful things in Your name?” Jesus’ response “I never knew You.” (Matt. 7:21-23) In other words, there would be no true commitment because their hearts would not truly be changed, yet He was helping the disciples understanding (Mark 4:11-12) for they already knew Him.
He wanted their understanding to be solid and true. He wanted their relationship to be firm.
He also told them that when the Holy Ghost is come upon them, He would lead them (and us) into all truth (John 16:13).
Look at the words of our Lord. He says the time would come when He would no longer pray on our behalf. Say what! Jesus did say that whatsoever we do, ask in His name and He will do it so the Father would be glorified (John 14”13). Just as Father spoke the Word in the beginning, the Holy Ghost performed it (Gen. 1:1-3). When Jesus died on the cross, the veil to the Hholiest of holies was torn from top to bottom giving us direct access to the throne of God (Matt. 27:50-51). Jesus doesn’t have to intercede because we have become one with Him, making us one with the Father (through Him).
So how does Jesus accomplish this?
As we give our hearts to Jesus we, then, start a journey of learning to walk closer with Him. To help us in that journey, He gives us the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Ghost.
While Jesus still walked with His disciples He told them the authority He had given them when He sent them out (Mark 6:7-13, Luke 10:1-17), and confirmed it when He breathed upon them (after the resurrection) and said “Receive the Holy Ghost” (John 20:21-23). Yet, it wasn’t until the upper room before the disciples actually received power (Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:1-4) to fulfill what Jesus had told them. Jesus physically walked with His disciples and He was their (our) power and He gave them authority – over sickness, disease and devils and He gives us that same authority and power through the active Holy Ghost in our lives.
So Jesus clarifies His relationship with the Father. As we keep His commandments, He will give us another Comforter (the HG) who is with us forever because He dwells in us (John 14:13-21). In our heart!
We won’t have to worry about what we say for the Holy Ghost will guide our speech (Luke 12:11-12). As we allow the Holy Spirit of God to lead us, we know that we are God’s sons (and daughters – Rom.8:14) and we know that the Holy Ghost helps our infirmities and our prayers for He searches our hearts and minds (Rom. 8:26-27).
Jesus said He will give us another comforter (John 14:16). We know that the Comforter is the Holy Ghost. So who is the first Comforter? Jesus! And we know that Jesus is in the Father and that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and Son (John 15:26). In the beginning was the Word, and was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1) and was made flesh whom we see as the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14). When God created all things, we know He spoke the Word and His Spirit moved upon the face of the waters (Gen. 1:1-2). There is unity in Father, Son and Holy Ghost and we call that unity the “Godhead” (Col. 2:8-10).
The Gospel of John is focused on the love of Christ and in it, Jesus declares He wants the same unity with us which He shares with the Father (John 17:15-26).
So how do we attain this unity?
We are redeemed and justified through the blood of Jesus (Rom. 3:25-26) for we have believed and received Him into our heart (Rom. 10:9-10).
We are drawn to Jesus because He shed His blood for us (Eph. 2:12-13) and the Spirit of God beckons.
And, as we read the scriptures, we realize that our sins are not taken away without the blood of Jesus (Heb. 9:16-22).
So, as we walk in the Light of Jesus, we are cleansed from all sin through His blood (1 John 1:7).
Peter calls those who have received Jesus, the blood of Christ, the “elect” of God (1 Peter 1:2). We are special through our ‘salvation’!
Included with our ‘salvation’ whatever we say or do should be done with thanksgiving and in the name of Jesus (Col. 3:17) and Jesus will do it (John 14:13).
Therefore, being covered in the blood of Jesus we may enter the holiest place (Hebrews 10:19-20) where, before, only the high priest could enter in (Heb. 9:6-7). Go back and read it. Before, only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies and even then only after a cleansing ritual and then to offer atonement for the people’s sin (Heb. 9:7).
Jesus reminds us that whosever does the will of the Father is His brother (Matt. 16:50).
We express our love for Him by keeping His commandments (John 14:15).
We are bought with a price (1 Corinth. 6:20), therefore, we live for Him (1 Corinth. 10:31).
God is Love, therefore His will is to love (1 John 4:7-13). Love God above all else, then channel that love to those around us (Mark 12:28-31). We are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27, 1 Corinth. 11:7) and God is love.
Standing with the Lord? Receiving the blood of Jesus into our hearts and allowing the Holy Ghost to operate within us, thus living in His love AND then listening to His direction, is how we stand in Jesus Christ, being an example of His love to those around us.
We are obedient to His Word as we seek to abide in Him as He gives us the strength to stand and say and do that which is right.