Spiritual Knowledge Part II- John 16.12-15

Faith leads you to the right direction

“…for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you…” –John 16:13b-15

Profound doctrines or one’s heart breaking experiences in life challenge human comprehension and stretch physical and spiritual endurance.

In your darkest circumstances, when you already at the edge and are about to fall down, God’s rescue is sure even before you call out to Him. Hang on!

In the hour of tribulation, a person either will cling hard on his faith or will abandon it. In the book of Job 1:21, Job after losing all that he had, managed to say, “Naked am I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave and the Lord had taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Job’s faith remained steadfast in spite of tragic circumstances in his life. After a while, God restored him and blessed him with more than what he had in the beginning.

In contrast, in John 6:53-58, the Lord claimed that He is the Bread of life and except one eats his flesh and drinks his blood, he has no life in him. Many of the Lord’s disciples found his teaching too hard to grasp. They were not ready to absorb His words and were not willing to learn from the Lord of truth. They could not trust his words and in verse 60, “many of them deserted Him.” Then He asked the twelve, “Will you also go away?” Peter answered, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we believe that you are that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

Perplexity sometimes causes many to leave the Lord. Perhaps, unconsciously, they begin to skip worship; they miss prayer meetings and lose power in prayer or even refuse counseling. They allow a spirit of rebellion rule over them.

However, is that what we will offer the Lord after all that He has done for us? Are we going to desert him too?

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul wrote about a thorn in his flesh. He prayed to the Lord three times to take it away but the Lord responded, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (v.9).

Paul did not elaborate exactly what the thorn he was talking about but whatever it was, it did not cause Paul to waver in faith. Rather, it became an opportunity for him to glorify God in his body.

He might not have been restored the way God has restored Job but both of them have held on God’s grace to see them through their moment of test.

May the Spirit of God grant us peace and understanding so that like Job and Paul, we may glorify God at all times.

Condensed from:

Trinity Sunday sermon by Rev Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro United Methodist Church

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Spiritual Knowledge- John 16.12-15

“I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth…”

A depiction of The Holy Trinity

There are things about God that we cannot readily understand. They are very profound and perplexing for human comprehension. The Lord knows this predicament, so He sends the Holy Spirit to speak to us and fill us with understanding. One important biblical truth that is so hard to comprehend is the doctrine of the Divine Trinity or One God in three distinct persons. Some people find it so hard to understand and even believe.

Someone has tried to unlock its mystery by trying to come up with a logical illustration. He said, “One person could be a father, a son and a husband all at the same time.” It sounds logical; however, the illustration is misleading.

It’s true that one person can be a father, a son and a husband all at the same time but that’s merely one person with three different functions. He cannot talk to himself like a father to a son, can he?

The doctrine of the Triune God is a divine mystery that we can clearly see in the Bible. Perhaps, the word “trinity” does not exist in biblical language, but the unique divine relationship between the three persons of God is undoubtedly present.

In Mark 9:7, about the transfiguration of Jesus, the Father spoke from the cloud, “This is my beloved Son, hear Him!” Clearly, the Father was referring to Jesus, His Son.

In John 8:58, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, “I AM”. Observe, (1) He referred to Abraham in the past tense and to Himself in the present tense. It is a clear revelation of His existence in eternity past. (2) “I AM” is the name, which God has given to Moses as His Name- Exodus 3:14-16. Clearly, it reveals Christ’s deity.

In Matthew 12:32, “and whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come”. This clearly reveals the unique authority of the Holy Spirit, which shows His deity.

In Matthew 29:19, we can observe in the Great Commission that Christ has given power and authority in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It goes to show the infinite equity of the three distinct Persons in One God. The divine mystery irrefutably exists and the Bible attests to it.

Yesterday has been Trinity Sunday. I pray that Spirit of God enlightens us all about this divine mystery of the Holy Trinity.