Comfort for Those Who Believe, Part 1 – John 14:7-17

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Pastor Scott L. Harris
Grace Bible Church, NY
March 10, 2019

Comfort for Those Who Believe, Part 1
John 14:7-17

Introduction

Last week we began our study of John 14 and Jesus’ words of comfort to His disciples as He prepared them for the events that would take place that night and the next day. Jesus has washed their feet as a practical example of the humble service that should mark all Christians. Judas has left to arrange for his betrayal of Jesus while the others are finishing the Passover meal. Jesus has instituted what we call Communion or the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of the sacrifice He is about to make for their redemption from sin. Jesus has warned the remaining eleven again that He was about to be glorified and go away where they could not follow. This warning left them saddened and confused.

Jesus had been warning His disciples for at least several months that after they arrived in Jerusalem that the religious leaders would condemn Him, and then He would be mocked, scourged and finally crucified. This would be followed by His resurrection on the third day (Matthew 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:18-19). But the disciples were having a hard time understanding this because it did not fit their expectations for the Messiah. Peter wanted to know where Jesus was going and why they could not follow. It is in response to this that Jesus brought the comforting words of John 14:1-4.

“Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also. 4 “And you know the way where I am going.”

Thomas did not understand and asked in verse 5, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus responded, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

The comfort that Jesus brought to the disciples as they faced their confusion and fear about His going away was based on these facts: 1) They could trust Him; 2) He would be preparing a place for them in His Father’s house; 3) He would return to for them; and 4) Jesus was the way to the Father. In fact, He is the only means by which a human can come to God the Father because He is the way, the truth and the life. Because of their relationship with Jesus, they were assured He would bring them dwell with Him and the Father in His house.

Jesus did not end the conversation there. He continued to give them more words of comfort and encouragement concerning both the immediate and distant future. In doing so, Jesus also reveals some wonderful things about the relationship the disciples, and we, can have with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

How to Know the FatherJohn 14:7-11

Knowing Jesus is Knowing the FatherJohn 14:7-9

Jesus continues in John 14:7 saying, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” The statement flows out of Jesus being the way to the Father. The second statement is predicated on the first. The idea in the Greek here is that the one who has a continuing experiential knowledge (ejgnwvkatev – perfect) of Jesus will also have such a relationship (gnwvsesqe – future) with the Father. The Greek word used here for knowledge (ginwvskw / gin sk ) refers to experiential knowledge as opposed to intellectual knowledge which is a different Greek word (oi[da / oida). This would be the knowledge of relationship rather than the knowledge of academic study. Since they have such a relationship with Jesus, then they have such a relationship with the Father and have seen Him.

This confuses Philip and he asks in verse 8, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” I think we should be careful about criticizing the disciples for not understanding. It is still confusing for people today, and unless you are very careful to pay attention to all that Jesus has said it is easy to end up in the same place as Philip. It should also be pointed out that Philip’s question shows a strong desire to know God the Father and to be content. That was the goal of his life. That should be commended. Would it be enough for you to be shown the Father? What do you require from life to be content?

Jesus uses a mixture of singular and plural verbs and pronouns in reply to Philip’s statement to respond to all of the disciples and give specific correction to Philip. I will point those out as I read through the text. Jesus ^said to him, “Have I been so long with you (plural), and [yet] you (singular) have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you (singular) say, ‘Show us the Father’? Jesus points out here that He has been with all of them for a long time. It has been about three years since Jesus first began His public ministry and began to call them to follow Him. However, the specific correction is for Philip who has not yet understood what Jesus had taught about the relationship Jesus has with the Father. Jesus continues His reply in verses 10 and 11 to give two specific reasons for believing His statement that “he who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

First, Believe Because of His WordsJohn 14:10. 10 “Do you (singular) not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you (plural) I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” Jesus addresses Philip directly that He is in the Father and that the Father is in Him. From this point on Jesus expands to address all of the disciples and not just Philip. Here He asserts that what He has said to them has not come from within Himself, but rather from the Father who abides in Him and who does His work through Jesus. The things Jesus has said prove that He reveals the Father who abides in Him. Philip should have understood this relationship Jesus has with the Father because this truth had been pointed out to all of them before.

In John 3:34, John the Baptist said of Jesus, “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God.” In John 7:16 Jesus said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. In John 8:28 Jesus said to the Jews, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [He,] and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me, and in verse 40 He challenged these same Jews saying “But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.” Only a day or so earlier Jesus had cried out in the Temple, “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak” (John 12:49).

To have heard Jesus speak was to hear what the Father had to say for the Father’s message came through Jesus. This does not imply that Jesus was a ventriloquist’s dummy for the Father. Jesus has distinct personhood apart from the Father. However, it does express the fact that everything Jesus said was in reality communication from God the Father. It is not really any different for us today since what Jesus said has been written down. In addition, the Father continued to communicate to man after Jesus’ ascension through the Apostles (Ephesians 2:20; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 3:2; Jude 1:17). When we read what Jesus and the Apostles have said in the Scriptures, then we are reading what God the Father has communicated to man.

It is not just that Jesus claimed to be speaking the words of God, but that what He said always matched what was already known of God. Just because someone claims something does not make it true. There needs to be proof for the claim. If someone claims to be speaking the words of God, but what is said does not match what God has previously revealed, then that person is false. Moses had warned in Deuteronomy 13:1f and 18:19f about false prophets who would come saying perverse things about God or giving false prophecies. Peter and Paul both warned about false teachers that would come in the future which includes our own time (1 Timothy 4; 2 Timothy 4; 2 Peter 2). We are to oppose such false teachers based on their contradictions to God’s known word.

All that Jesus said was in keeping with what God had already said. Jesus’ disciples recognized this. Peter, speaking for all of them, said in John 6:68 when Jesus questioned whether they would also go away like the unbelieving multitudes, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” Even Jesus’ enemies recognized this truth and were astonished at His teaching (Matthew 7:49; Mark 6:2f; Luke 4:22; John 7:46). The Pharisees even sent their disciples to say to Jesus, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any” (Matthew 22:16). Their purpose was to try to entrap Him, but yet they still recognized Jesus as a teacher of God’s truth.

Jesus’ words demonstrate that the Father spoke through Him, and that is the first basis for believing His claim to be in the Father and the Father in Him.

Second, Believe Because of His WorksJohn 14:11. Jesus continues on to give a second reason to believe in verse 11. “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.” The things Jesus did were additional proofs of His relationship with the Father. He had also pointed this out previously.

Jesus proclaimed in John 5:19, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless [it is] something He sees the Father doing; for whatever [the Father] does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” He added in verse 36, “the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” In Jesus’ confrontation with the Jews in John 10:25, He said to them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these bear witness of Me.” He then defended His claim to be the Son of God in verses 37-38 saying, 37 “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” Jesus’ claim is not that He does these on His own, but as the text here in John 14:10 states, it is the Father abiding in Him that does His work.

It is not just the works themselves that demonstrate Jesus’ identity and relationship with the Father, but the type and manner of work and miracles that are also important. Paul warned in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 that in the last days there would be “one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish . . . “ Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24, “For false Christ’s and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.” Satan and the demons that follow him are also capable of doing what appear to be miracles to us, but they are not of the same nature as the works done by Jesus.

Jesus’ miracles were of the type and nature that demonstrated that He was from God. Nicodemus said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God [as] a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (John 3:2). The multitudes recognized this too saying of Jesus in John 7:31, “When the Christ shall come, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?” John 9 records the story of Jesus healing a man who had been born blind. When the Pharisees questioned him, this man pointed directly to this miracle to prove Jesus’ character saying, 30 “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and [yet] He opened my eyes. 31 “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him. 32 “Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 “If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” In addition to these there was the range of miracles which included having authority over nature, demons, sickness, disease, and even death. He also forgive sin. All these works demonstrate that the Father who was abiding in Jesus was doing them. Jesus was in the Father and the Father was in Him.

Jesus’ words and works prove His claim to be the revelation of God the Father so that he who has seen Him has seen the Father.

The Father Works Through the Son & His People John 14:12-15

In verses 12-15 Jesus explains further the work of the Father through Himself and through His people.

12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. 13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do [it.] 15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

The ability of people to be used by God the Father is based on the Father’s working through the Son and on the individual’s belief in Jesus. These are important points. The individual must believe in Jesus. To believe in Jesus is to accept as true Jesus’ claims, including deity, and then live accordingly. Those who profess to believe in Jesus and then refuse to obey Him only prove that they are liars. (I will talk more about that next week). The believer’s work is based on the fact that the Father works through the Son. Believers do not do the work on their own. They do not do it through any sort of incantations or magical spells. They are not tapping into some power source of the universe. Those are all ideas common in our day that come from our adversary, the devil. They are ideas that are flourishing in our society today because of the widespread influence of the mysticism of Eastern thought that has become common in our society. The believer’s work is based on God the Father doing His work through the real person of Jesus Christ who works in and through you.

Jesus uses His own works as the model of what those who believe in Him will be able to accomplish in even greater ways. The “greater” aspect of these works is in scope and breadth, not in how dramatic. The apostles did perform many miracles including casting out of demons (Acts 16:19), physical healings (Acts 5:16) and even raising at least one person from the dead (Acts 20:9-11). There is no record of any specific miracle over nature such as calming a storm or multiplying food like Jesus did, but it is not such miracles of the first order that are being referred to here.

Jesus’ work was to do the will of the Father in proclaiming Him and bringing about His glory (John 6:38f; 17:4f). Jesus’ ministry was restricted to the Jews living in Judea and the immediate surrounding areas with only a few notable exceptions such as the Samaritan woman in John 4 and the Syrophonecian woman in Mark 7:26-30. The Apostles took the gospel throughout Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the then known world. Tradition has some of the apostles going to far away countries including Thomas going to India. Those that have believed on Jesus since then have obeyed His commandment to proclaim the gospel around the world. All major nations have had a gospel witness. It is only the smallest nations – language groups – that remain unreached directly in their own language.

But again it must be pointed out that the reason they will be able to accomplish these “greater” works is because Jesus will be with the Father. That is the basis for Jesus’ statements about prayer in verse 13-15. Hebrews 7:25 tells us that part of Jesus’ current ministry in heaven is making intercession for us with the Father. Paul states directly in 1 Timothy 2:5 that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. That thought is presented here in the fact that Jesus is going to the Father and that He will do whatever is asked in His name that “the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

There are many that have taken these verses, especially verse 14 about praying in Jesus’ name, and developed the idea that a believer can ask anything they want in Jesus’ name with the expectation that God is then obligated to give it to them. This idea is often called the “word faith” movement and referred to by others as “name it, claim it” theology. It is also foundational to the heretical “health, wealth and prosperity” gospel. Those who espouse these ideas enter into a serious heresy because they failed to properly interpret the language used, study the Bible in context, and compare Scripture with Scripture.

The context here places clear restrictions on what prayers will be answered affirmatively. Jesus will only do that in which “the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Jesus will not do anything that does not satisfy this purpose. I will also emphasize the point that it is Jesus who decides if what He does fits that purpose. Neither you nor anyone else can decide that for Him. Humans have very limited knowledge about what will glorify the Father. Our understanding is too small and our field of vision too narrow. Just because someone can think up a reason doesn’t mean it is a valid reason. People develop very convoluted reasoning to justify their desires even when in the final analysis is utter nonsense. Just think of how many different ways you could try to justify why God should give you lots of money. Most of us could probably quickly name many good things we could do, yet the cold hard facts are that God knows we are better off trusting Him for our needs than relying on our own resources. He also knows who can handle wealth and who cannot. Riches are much more dangerous to a person’s soul than poverty (Proverbs 11:28; 23:4-5; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Matthew 13:22; Luke 18:24-25; 1 Timothy 6:17).

The context in this passage also includes verse 15. Those that will properly pray are those that love Jesus with a love that will be demonstrated by their keeping His commandments. It is those that love Jesus and obey Him that can pray in a manner in which the Father is going to be glorified. It is those that love Jesus and obey Him that are able to pray “in Jesus’ name.” Those that do not, cannot.

People often end their prayers with the phrase, “in Jesus’ name.” That is a fine practice as long as it is understood what is meant by it. Those who follow the “word-faith” heresy or “name it, claim it” theology use it as an incantation that will somehow obligate God to do their bidding. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

To pray “in Jesus’ name” is to invoke for it to be done according to Jesus’ will. A name represents the person, so to ask something in Jesus’ name is to ask for what is in agreement with Jesus’ character and desires. Those that use the phrase, “in Jesus’ name,” as an incantation are in fact guilty of practicing a form of sorcery. That may seem like strong language, but the practice of prayer should never resemble the casting of spells. The “Word Faith” movement erroneously believes that the words have power in themselves. Our ability to say words does not and cannot bind God. They can’t bind Satan or anything else for that matter. Words represent things whether tangible or intangible. They are not the thing itself. The only power in words is in the communication that is accomplished through them, and sometimes we find that words are inadequate.

Don’t you find that there are times that you cannot communicate your thoughts and emotions with words? Can you then still pray? Can you pray properly without words? Yes you can. Scripture acknowledges that there are times we are unable to express ourselves, yet prayer can still be accomplished according to God’s will. Romans 8:26-27 states, 26 And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for [us] with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to [the will of] God.”

Here in John 14:12-14, it is Jesus’ role in prayer that is being emphasized. But the point is the same whether it is Jesus or the Holy Spirit doing the work of intercession on our behalf. Our prayers are to the Father through the ministry of Jesus on our behalf, and He will only do that in which the Father may be glorified in the Son.

The rest of Scripture bears out the fact that prayer is about God’s will and not man’s. “Word Faith” theology falls into error because it promotes humans trying to tell God what to do. Even that idea is blasphemous and is an exercise of pride and arrogance. The term used here for “ask,” a tevw / aite , means to “ask,” “request,” “beg.” It is not a demand.

Other Scriptures also make it clear that this is the nature of true prayer. The apostle John comments in 1 John 5:14-15, 14 “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us [in] whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” Prayer must be according to God’s will. James 4:2-3 deals with the motivation of our prayers stating, 2 “You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend [it] on your pleasures.” A selfish prayer may end with the words, “in Jesus’ name,” but such a prayer cannot be truly made “in Jesus’ name.”

The Coming of the Spirit John 14:16-17

Jesus brings out another source of comfort in verses 16-17. Jesus will send the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-17,16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 [that is] the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, [but] you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.”

The origin of the Holy Spirit is from the Father sent at the Son’s request. He comes as a gift to God’s people. In these verses He is also called the “Spirit of Truth” in much the same way that Jesus is called “the truth” in John 14:6. It is a name that reflects His nature and purpose of being true and leading people to the truth.

There are many cults that teach that the Spirit is something other than deity. They view Him as a force or an entity that lacks personhood. They err on both counts. The Holy Spirit is deity. He is the third person of the eternal triune Godhead. He has all the attributes of deity and is involved in all the work of deity. We will discuss this in more detail when we get to chapter 16. However, in this passage I want to point out that Jesus calls Him, “another helper,” and this title is an indicator of deity.

There are two Greek words for “another,” e{teroò / heteros and a[lloò / allos. e{teroò / heteros refers to another of a different type while a[lloò / allos refers to something of the same kind. If you have a cat and you get a bird, you are getting another pet in the sense of e{teroò / heteros. It is a pet of a different kind. If you have dog and you get another dog, you are getting another pet in the sense of a[lloò / allos. It is a pet of the same kind. In this passage Jesus says that the Father will give another, a[lloò / allos, helper. The Holy Spirit is of the same kind as Jesus.

“Helper” here is paravklhatoV / parakl tos meaning “one called alongside.” The meaning of that is further explained at the end of verse 17 that the Holy Spirit will abide with them and be in them. They had been with Jesus for three years, but the Holy Spirit would be with them and in them forever.

But the Holy Spirit is not available to everyone. Those who are part of the world system of evil rebellion against God cannot receive Him until they repent. The world rejects the true God in favor of one of their own imagination. The world rejects the truth in favor of the lies that satisfy their own desires. Those that reject the truth cannot receive the Spirit of Truth. Those that follow Jesus, who is the truth, will also receive the Spirit of Truth who will abide with them and in them forever.

Conclusions

Jesus comforted His disciples about His soon departure by bringing precious truths and promises to light. They could trust Him just as they did the Father. Jesus was going away, but it was in order to prepare a place for them and He would return to receive them to Himself (1-4). There was also comfort in the start of a relationship with God the Father because they already knew Jesus who revealed Him to them. The truth of Jesus’ relationship with the Father was proven by both His words and works. The Father was doing His works through Jesus and Jesus was in the Father. There was comfort too because while Jesus was away, He would be their mediator with the Father. They could have confidence in their prayers because of this. And there was comfort in having the promise of the Holy Spirit who would come and abide with them forever.

Our comfort is found in the same truths and promises. We can know the Father by learning of the Son, and the record of His life and teaching are given to us in the holy Scriptures. We look forward to Jesus’ return for us to take us to be with Him forever, but in the meantime, what joy there is in having Jesus as our intercessor now. We have confidence in prayer as we pray for God’s will in Jesus’ name. We even rejoice that when we do not know how to pray, because the ministry of Jesus and the Holy Spirit continues to make intercession for us. We are comforted by the Holy Spirit who has come and indwells those who have placed their faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Notes – 3/10/2019
Comfort for Those Who Believe, Part 1John 14:7-20

Introduction

Jesus is teaching His disciples during His last _______________ after Judas has left

Jesus has warned the disciples for months of His coming crucifixion & departure which has _________them

Jesus offers ___________based on believing in Him and His promises to prepare a place and return for them

How to Know the FatherJohn 14:7-11

Knowing Jesus is Knowing the FatherJohn 14:7-9

Having an _______________knowledge of Jesus will result in the same kind of relationship with the Father

Philip is confused, but his desire to know the Father and that it would be enough is to be ___________

Jesus replies to Philip specifically, but then addresses _________ of them

They have been with Jesus a long time, but He gives 2 reasons to ______that to see Him is to see the Father

Believe Because of His WordsJohn 14:10

The things Jesus has said prove that He reveals the ____________ who abides in Him

Jesus had taught this about His teaching __________: John 3:32; 7:16; 8:28, 40; John 12:49

Everything Jesus said was in reality communication _________ God the Father

God has also communicated to us through the _______(Eph. 2:20; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 3:2; Jude 1:17)

What Jesus said always ___________what was already known of God – false teachers will contradict

Jesus’ disciples and His ________recognized Jesus’ teaching was not human (John 6:68; Matt. 7:49, 22:16)

Believe Because of His WorksJohn 14:11

Jesus had taught that His works were ___________to the Father in Him before: John 5:19, 36; 10:25, 37-38

It was not just the ________themselves for Satan and false teachers are deceptive – 2 Thess. 2:9; Matt. 24:24

It was the type and ____________of Jesus’ miracles – John 3:2; 7:31; 9:1-38

Jesus’ words & works prove His ____________those who have seen Him have seen the Father

The Father Works Through the Son & His People John 14:12-15

The ability to be used by God is based in the Father working through the ____& that person’s belief in Jesus

Believers do not do the work on their own – It is __________at work in and through you

Jesus is the model of what His disciples will accomplish in greater scope and __________ – not miracles

Jesus’ preaching is to the Jews with some exception while His disciples went to ________parts of the earth

The “greater works” they would do was because Jesus was with the Father as their ___________(Heb. 7:25)

Praying in “Jesus’ name” (verse 14) does not ___________God

Context – verse 13: Jesus will only do that in which “the Father may be _____________in the Son.”

Context – verse 15: Those that love Jesus will keep His ______________

To pray in “Jesus’ name” is to pray in agreement with His character and ___________

Using the phrase, “in Jesus’ name,” as an incantation is practicing a form of __________

The Spirit ______________without words when we cannot pray as we should – Romans 8:26-27

Proper prayer seeks God’s ____and is according to it (1 John 5:14-15), without selfish desires (James 4:2-3)

The Coming of the Spirit John 14:16-17

The Holy Spirit is true and leads people to ________and comes from the Father sent at the Son’s request

The Holy Spirit is full ___________, the third person of the eternal triune Godhead

He is sent as another (a[lloò / allos) helper of the _______________as Jesus

He is the helper, paravklhatoV / parakl tos, who comes _____________to assist

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, is only available to those that will follow _________, who is the truth.

Conclusions

Jesus comforted His disciples concerning His soon departure

* They could believe / trust Him as they did the Father for the Father was in Him

* Jesus was going away to prepare a place for them and would come again to get them and take them there

* Jesus’ words and works proved His relationship with the Father

* Jesus would intercede with the Father for them, so they could __________ with confidence

* Jesus would send the Holy Spirit to help them

Our ___________is found in these same truths and promises.

KIDS KORNER
Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: Count how many times God is referred to as “Father.” 2) Talk with your parents about what your relationship with the Father is like.

THINK ABOUT IT!
Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What was Jesus’ major purpose in His discourse in John 14? How was He trying to comfort the disciples? What did Jesus mean that if they had known Him they would know the Father? Why did this confuse Philip? How do Jesus’ words show that He is in the Father and the Father in Him? How do Jesus works prove that? What “greater works” will those who believe in Jesus do? Why will they be able to do those greater works? What restrictions are there in prayer? What does it mean to pray “in Jesus’ name”? What is the error of the “Word Faith” theology concerning prayer? What does loving Jesus and obeying Him have to do with prayer? What is the origin of the Holy Spirit come from? Why is he called the Spirit of Truth, and what does that mean? What is His nature? What will He do? What does it mean that He is “another Helper”?


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