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October 4th, 2015 | Filed Under: Author, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A, Trinity0 Comments | Author:

Hi S____,

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In order to understand what Christ is staying in John 13, you must know that he is speaking in parables that are not plainly understood.

(Joh 16:25 NKJV) “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language parables G3942); but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.

(Joh 10:6 KJV) This parable (G3942) spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

The answer is a great mystery that was not revealed until the Spirit came on Pentecost to open the eyes of the disciples to the truth hidden for ages.

(Col 1:26 NKJV) the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
(Col 1:27 NKJV) To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Where does Christ get his authority?

(Joh 12:49 NKJV) For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.

(Joh 5:30 NKJV) I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Christ clearly gets his authority from the Father, of whom are all things.

(1Co 8:6 NKJV) yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

It sounds like Christ is speaking of another person in John 13, so I certainly understand your confusion. Keep in mind this is a parable and intended to be confusing to the carnal mind.

John 13:16 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

The “Spirit of Truth” sounds an awful lot like Christ himself; he does not speak of his own authority, and whatever he hears he will speak. That is exactly what Christ told us he does in John 12 and 5.

Christ can do nothing without God the Father, and we can do nothing without Christ.

(Joh 15:5 NKJV) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

God the Father is in Jesus Christ, who is then sent to dwell in us…”Christ in you the hope of Glory”.

(Joh 14:10 NKJV) Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
(Joh 14:11 NKJV) Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

So who is the Spirit of Truth, the comforter?

(Joh 14:6 NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus says He is the truth? How can he say that since he can do nothing of himself? Christ is the truth because the Father dwells within him and causes him to do all things.

(Joh 3:34 NKJV) For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
(Joh 3:35 NKJV) The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.

John 3:34 is talking about Christ, whom the Father has given the Spirit without measure. In other words, it pleased the Father to put the fullness of His spirit in Christ Jesus.

(Col 1:18 NKJV) And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
(Col 1:19 NKJV) For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

God is Spirit.

(Joh 4:24 NKJV) God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Jesus Christ has a spiritual body in which the Spirit of God the Father dwells.

(1Co 15:44 NKJV) It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
(1Co 15:45 NKJV) And so it is written, “THE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING BEING.”

The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Christ is the first to be made into a life giving spirit.

(1Co 15:20 NKJV) But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Christ is sent to dwell in us and to cry out “Abba, Father!”. He can do this because the fullness of the Spirit of God dwells in him and causes him to do all things. In Galatians, Paul says that God has sent “the Spirit of his Son into your hearts”.

(Gal 4:6 NKJV) And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

Let’s take this understanding back over to the parable in John 16.

(Joh 16:7 NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

(Joh 16:12 NKJV) “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
(Joh 16:13 NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
(Joh 16:14 NKJV) He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
(Joh 16:15 NKJV) All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

Who is Christ talking about? Who is the comforter, the helper that he will send? He tells us a few chapters earlier that HE will come to us, Jesus Christ himself.

(Joh 14:16 NKJV) And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
(Joh 14:17 NKJV) 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.
(Joh 14:18 NKJV) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Christ is speaking in parables and saying that he will come to dwell in us and bring the truth. He can do this because the Spirit of God is dwelling in Jesus Christ which gives him this power. God is in Christ… Christ is in Us…therefore….God and Christ are both in us:

(1Co 3:16 NKJV) Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

(Col 1:27 NKJV) To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

(1Co 6:19 NKJV) Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Christ is the comforter, the helper, our advocate with the Father. All of the following verses use the same Greek word to describe Christ: parakletos.
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παράκλητος
paraklētos

(1Jn 2:1 NKJV) My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate (G3875) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

(Joh 14:16 NKJV) And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (G3875), that He may abide with you forever

(Joh 16:7 NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (G3875) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

(Joh 15:26 NKJV) “But when the Helper (G3875) comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

Christ told the disciples that he must go away so the helper could come. This is a parable meaning that Christ must go away in the flesh so they can receive him in the Spirit. Christ comes to us as the helper, the comforter, our advocate to reconcile us to God.

(2Co 5:18 NKJV) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
(2Co 5:19 NKJV) that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

God is reconciling the world to himself through Jesus Christ.

(1Ti 2:5 NKJV) For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

Christ is the mediator because God is working through him to be a mediator. Remember, all things are of God and He does all things after the counsel of his will. Christ can do nothing apart from the power of the Father.

(Eph 1:11 NKJV) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

I pray you are given eyes to see and ears to hear this great mystery hidden from the ages,

Mitch

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