Summary: Jesus gives special encouragement to His disciples the night before His crucifixion. He explains the connection between loving God and keeping His commandments. He also gives the promise of resurrection to believers.
3 27 2016 “Keeping Commandments and Resurrection Promises” John 14:15-21
In John 14, Jesus is giving His disciples teaching and encouragement right before He goes to the cross. Last week we examined two things which happen when Jesus returned to the Father: Believers would have a wider influence in bringing the Gospel to the world and they would pray in the name of Jesus so that the Father would be glorified in the Son (they would pray in accordance to the will of God and His Kingdom purposes.)
We look at John 14:15-21 today: "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (or Comforter), that He may abide with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 19 "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."
Love and Obedience
Jesus continues to speak exclusively to His disciples; “His disciples” include all those who believe in Jesus alone for forgiveness and salvation, and those who believe in Jesus’ self-revelation and declaration concerning Himself. Verse 15 taught us that there is an uncompromising connection between loving Jesus and obeying the things that He teaches. He is saying: "If you love Me, THEN YOU WILL keep My commandments.” If a person loves Jesus, then that love will be shown in keeping the teachings, of Jesus. Love for Jesus is far more than a sentimental feeling or emotion. Love FOR Jesus is shown in purposeful devotion and willful obedience TO Jesus.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
Jesus addresses such believers in verses 16-17: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (or Comforter), that He may abide with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Jesus will ask the Father to send “another Comforter or Helper”. “Helper” is probably the best translation in this context for the word “parakletos” since the Greek word means “one called alongside to help.” A “parakletos” also included “one who pleads another's cause before a judge, a counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate, an intercessor.” During His earthly days, Jesus walked alongside His disciples and now in His absence, as their advocate at the right hand of the Father, “another Helper” is promised and given to believers until Jesus’ second coming at the end of the age.