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Teaching through the Spirit | John 16:12-15

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 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. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

John 16:12-15 (ESV)

Better not say  

Jesus had so much more to teach His disciples. There were two limitations:

  • Time – Jesus only had about 3 years to teach them. In John 21:25 the author John tells us “But there are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written in detail, I expect that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”
  • Ability to receive – Jesus knows His disciples and their ability to absorb, retain and apply what He has to tell them. You might say they were on information overload already. How many times has Jesus told them He was going away and they just didn’t get it?

Teaching through the Spirit

Jesus had the perfect solution which He alluded to yesterday: the Holy Spirit. After He departs, Jesus uses the Holy Spirit to communicate to all the disciples (through today) what they need to know at just the right time. He primarily uses the Word of God. The Spirit takes the teachings of Jesus (“what is mine”) and communicates them to his disciples, including us.

In addition, the Spirit guided the writers of the New Testament, as was done in the Old Testament, to write exactly what God wanted to say. 

Glorify Jesus

When the Spirit does this, He glorifies Jesus. This may seem a bit strange that the Spirit, who is God, glorifies Jesus. Any time anyone does the will of God, it brings God glory – whether that’s you and me, the Pharaoh or any individual one of the Trinity. 

Ever notice that the Spirit is never singled out for worship in the way Jesus and the Father are? “This fact should make suspect any human attempt to glorify the Spirit above the Son. Such an emphasis is not in harmony with the Spirit’s purpose.” (Planobiblechapel.org) But since the Spirit is God, don’t we worship Him? Yes. When we worship God, we worship all three of the trinity.

Father/Son relationship

In v15 Jesus describes his relationship with the Father as a son, The Son. In their culture, the eldest born son always got the inheritance, the birthright. Jesus fit the bill so all that the Father has is His. Further, “If Christ had not been equal to God, could he have said this without blasphemy?” (Clarke’s commentary)


  • Are you seeking the teaching of Jesus through the Word, by the Holy Spirit?
Holy Spirit stained glass. Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash

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