He Will Glorify Me
July 20, 2022
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you (John 16:13-14).
The Holy Spirit came to guide (hodegeo: show the way; lead) the disciples into all truth. The word ‘all’ (pas) is not an inclusive term. In other words, the Holy Spirit was not sent to the disciples, or to us, to give us knowledge on every single subject known, and unknown, to man. His leading would be limited to the parameters Jesus set in these verses.
The New Testament includes the broad scope of Christian history from the incarnation of Jesus Christ to the final, Great White Throne judgment of God, the creation of the new heaven and earth, and the beginning of eternity in the Kingdom of God. All that we need to know about these things is given to us in the New Testament. We have many questions about these things that are not answered in the New Testament, but what the Lord wants us to know, and what we need to know about these things, have been outlined in the pages of Scripture.
The Holy Spirit has also inspired the writers of the New Testament to reveal to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory, which includes exceedingly great and precious promises, insights of the divine nature, how to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust, and wisdom concerning faith . . . virtue . . . knowledge . . . self-control . . . perseverance . . . godliness . . . brotherly kindness, and . . . love (2 Peter 1:3-7).
As great and wonderful and necessary as these things are, nothing is greater than our knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ - He will glorify Me. In an interview conducted on August 23, 2019, R. C. Sproul, arguably the most notable proponent in the recovery of Reformed theology of the 20th century, was asked what he believed to be the biggest challenge facing the church today. He replied “I think the biggest challenge we face in the church today is a very, very serious failure to understand the Person and work of Jesus.” This is supported, in part, by The State of Theology report conducted by Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research, published on October 16, 2018. In the report the data revealed that, of those Evangelical Christians surveyed:
• 32% do not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus.
• 58% believe Jesus is a creation of God.
• 42% believe Jesus was a sinner.
• 37% do not believe in the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.
• 37% do not believe Jesus Christ’s death on the cross atoned for sin.
• 42% believe Jesus is one among many ways of salvation and eternal life.
The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Jesus Christ, but even the Evangelical Church in America is not listening! (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). God help us! Amen.