My dear Friends, Christians and non-Christians alike, and you of all faiths, thoughts, and all views, ideas, and opinions, I bid and ask you to join with me in another voyage of intellectual discovery. I welcome you in this quest and task of attaining and coming to know intellectual honesty and honest discernment. Join me in this voyage of discovery to get at and find what is valid and authentic in this world of confusion and come with me in tearing apart the curtain of lies and darkness that hides from us what is truth and facts.
I will now once again set about to explain and interpret another gospel passage, this time found in the gospel of John chapter 16 verses 5-15. I undertake this task with humility and hesitation. I am honored to have the great privilege of even attempting to grasp and comprehend the words and mind of the son of God, the savior of the world and redeemer of all mankind and all generations present, to come and in the past
The words of this gospel passage are as follows:
I did not say these things to you from the beginning because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me. Yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away for if I do not go, the Counselor will not come to you, but if I go I will send him to you and when he comes he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no more; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 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. He will glorify me and take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
This is a most involved and demanding series of verses from the gospel of John. Here Jesus predicts and states that he returns to heaven to the Father and that in his apparent death, the disciples are consumed with sorrow. Jesus then explains that if he did not go, the holy spirit, named by Jesus the Counselor, would not come to them. In going to heaven to be with the Father and all the company of angels, Jesus will send down the holy spirit and when he comes he will convict the world of its sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin because of the world’s rejection of Jesus; concerning righteousness, because Jesus returns to the Father and he tells the disciples they will see him no more; and concerning judgment, because Satan, the ruler of this world, will be judged. Jesus then says when the holy spirit comes he will guide the disciples in all truth for he will not speak on his own authority but with the authority of God and Christ. He will declare to them the things that are true and will glorify Jesus. Jesus ends with the statement that all that the Father has is his.
There are certain themes and ideas here that must be grasped and understood. Jesus here speaks of his death and resurrection and ascension into heaven to be with the Father. He then speaks of the coming of the holy spirit to be a guide and comforter, and the holy spirit will sit on the judgment of the world both in its sin and its righteousness. Again, Jesus says he is going to the Father, and Satan, the ruler of this world, will be judged by the holy spirit. The holy spirit, Jesus says again, will be both a guide and will be the judge of this world
The holy spirit will speak with the mind and authority of the Father and declare to the world the events of the future. He will not only glorify Christ but will declare the mind and spirit of Christ. Jesus ends with what he has said before, that he and the Father are one.
We have here Jesus’ absolute identification with God the Father, and his declaration to be not only one with God but to be and share the fullness of the Godhead. We have the prediction of his death, resurrection, and ascension and the role of the holy spirit as both guide and judge. The passage speaks of the condemnation of the hostile world to be contrasted with the disciples’ grief. What is to be noted here is the role of the Paraclete, the holy spirit.
I hope and trust I have shed some light on this complex and thought-provoking passage from the gospel of John. Whatever I have said here and attempted to reveal is not a substitute for you who read this essay to return to read and take time with the biblical text. We can only know and understand the mind and intellect of Jesus by focused reading and reflection on his words and thoughts, the thoughts and mind of the living God as found and reported in holy scripture.