March 2: We Depend On Our True Friend, the Spirit, For Christ’s Life.

Jesus lived his life from complete dependence upon the Father. In this way he imaged God as a human, and showed us how to do the same. But even Jesus didn’t do this from his own strength. He did it from the indwelling life of the Father, by the life giving power of the Spirit. The Spirit applied the life of the Father to Jesus’ human life so that he could live from the life giving love of God at all times. This is precisely how we are to live.

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In John 14-16, Jesus is explaining life to us before he goes to the cross. Yesterday we saw that Jesus’ life and the Father’s life were united, and yet submissive (Jesus submitted to the Father). Today we will see Jesus introduce the Spirit into the equation.

John 14:16-17. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

The word “Helper” [paraklete] means “The one who comes alongside,” encourager, advocate, counselor, comforter, or even true friend. Jesus is their current Friend. The Spirit will be their new Friend. We depend on the True Friend, the Spirit, for Christ’s life. The Spirit will serve in the same way as the Son. And notice what Jesus says, “he dwells with you and will be IN you.” Now that’s even better than what Jesus was to them. Jesus in the flesh was WITH them, but not IN them. This new True Friend, the Spirit, will be with and in them “forever.” And in this way, Jesus will too.

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The Spirit is also “the Spirit of [the] truth.” This takes our minds back to John 14:6, where Jesus calls himself the Truth. The Spirit is the Spirit of Christ Jesus. The Spirit is not Spirit-centered. He is Christ-centered. It is his goal to apply the life of Christ to our lives.

John 14:19-20. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live [zoe], you also will live [zoe]. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

“You will see me,” Jesus says. He  is predicting his resurrection. And then notice his next words: “Because I live, you also will live.” Because of the resurrection, you will have my eternal, divine, zoe life. But how? How does Jesus’ resurrection secure for us his spiritual life? By the Spirit. Jesus was resurrected and then glorified. This allowed for him to then disperse his life into ours by the Spirit (more on that in future weeks).

John 14:25-27. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper [paraclete], the Holy Spirit [ruach], whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. 

Here Jesus makes it explicit. The Spirit is the Helper.

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He is sent by the Father, and he will minister to you the life and teachings of Jesus. The Spirit comes in Jesus’ name- his authority, and character. Just as Jesus came under submission to and dependence upon the Father, the Spirit comes in submission to and dependence upon the Son. And as we depend upon the Spirit for Christ’s life, we learn “all things.” Not all things about all things. Not physics and chess. All things about how to live as an image bearer, how to love, how to have peace, how to live in dependency.

And the result is peace.

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More on that peace tomorrow.

 

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