John Lesson 22 Day 2
My Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions
3. a. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate. (John 14:16a NIV)
Because Jesus went away, he sent a gift that serves us well—the great Helper. John Lesson 22 Day 2
During the forty days following Jesus’ resurrection, he said to the apostles, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT)
Luke’s account emphasizes “the work of the Spirit who empowers miracles and gives believers the means to testify of their faith before Jews and the outsiders.” (Voice)
In his human form, Jesus could be one place at a time. The Holy Spirit empowered all eleven remaining disciples/apostles and many others in the upper room. As they scattered away from Jerusalem in obedience to Jesus’ warning about the coming persecution and destruction of the temple in Matthew 24:15-16, they spread the gospel throughout the inhabited ancient world. According to Josephus, a historian, no Christians perished when the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem, the temple, and brutally slaughtered its inhabitants. (See The Romans Destroy the Temple at Jerusalem, 70 AD)
John 16:7-11 (AMP)
7 However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
8 And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:
9 About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];
10 About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;
11 About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.
b. It is best for you that I go away because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come.
Jesus knows what’s best for his followers and the world, and He said it’s to our advantage that He goes away. Although I long to sit at his feet and lavish my love on him, look into his eyes, wet his feet with my tears, and anoint him with perfume, He wouldn’t be with me in the flesh all the time. I also long for face to face conversations.
The Holy Spirit is always with me as my guide, comforter, advocate, intercessor, counselor, strengthener, standby, and helper. The Holy Spirit imparts understanding and leads me into all truth.
And he seated us with him in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 2:6) So Jesus is in at least two realms at once and so are we. What a mystery!
4. Use the verse below to discuss how the Holy Spirit “proves the world to be in the wrong”
The Holy Spirit will expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted. 1 John 16:8-11 (MSG)
Sin of unbelief
The Holy Spirit “will uncover the sins of the world, expose unbelief as sin, and allow all to see their sins in the light of righteousness for the first time.” (Voice)
Evil actions are the result and symptoms of our evil hearts of unbelief. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our unbelief.
Even after God’s light came into the world, men and women everywhere ran for the darkness…Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. (MSG)
You see, all have sinned, and all their futile attempts to reach God in His glory fail. (Voice)
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
The unjust will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.
Believers were also unjust. But now they have been washed clean, set apart, restored and set on the right path in the name of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed, by the Spirit of our living God. (Voice)
Jesus paid the price for all sin—past, present and future. By believing in him, we receive an impartation of his righteousness.
We are all messed up like a person compromised with impurity;
even all our right efforts are like soiled rags.
We’re drying up like a leaf in autumn and are blown away by wrongdoing. (Voice)
Jesus emphasizes that the kingdom of God will not come through our own valiant efforts. The only way any of us can ever be right with God is to accept the salvation God offers us freely by putting faith in what Jesus did for us. The Pharisee had faith in his own good conduct.
We want to be clear that whatever the law says, it says to everyone who is under its authority. Its purpose is to muzzle every mouth, to silence idle talk, and to bring the whole world under the standard of God’s justice. 20 Therefore, doing what the law prescribes will not make anyone right in the eyes of God—that’s not its purpose—but the law is capable of exposing the true nature of sin. (Voice)
Judgment—Satan is judged
Because of the finished work of Jesus who judged, condemned, and sentenced Satan, Jesus empowered and authorized his disciples and followers to participate in turning the world from Satan’s web of darkness into God’s marvelous light. In turning to God’s light, they are forgiven and set free from sin and receive the same inheritance we received.
Paul reminds his readers they were outsiders. We all need the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
This is not a negative ministry as many people think. The Holy Spirit doesn’t convict people of “things” they do that are wrong, but of the fact that they aren’t believing on Jesus. Those who don’t tithe or give will not be convicted about their lack of giving, but about the fact that they aren’t trusting Jesus with their finances. All acts of sin come from the one act of not believing on and resting in relationship with Jesus.
Adam and Eve’s sin wasn’t eating of the fruit, but not believing in the goodness of God. They bought the lie that God had withheld something good from them (Genesis 3:5). They doubted God and believed the devil. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)
(It will be your mission) to open their [spiritual] eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified (set apart, made holy) by faith in Me.’ (AMP)
2 Corinthians 4:4
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT)
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. (MSG)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 22 Day 2 ~ John 14:15-26