It’s Thursday! Woah! And today is a big day at camp (and everywhere).
This morning’s Bible Study is covering, you guessed it, John 16! Here’s a look into what your camper is learning. I pray you would take a moment right now to read through the devo below and ask God to teach you.
In John 16, Jesus continues to share that He is going to send us The Helper – His Holy Spirit. And unfortunately for me and a lot of us, it’s tempting to neglect the Holy Spirit when it comes to our understanding and gratitude for what He does in our life. But much is lost if we ignore the third person of the Trinity!
4 “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
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.
Again, Jesus sets the backdrop for this teaching on the Holy Spirit with the shadow of his departure. In verse 6, he says that because he has told them he is leaving sorrow has filled their hearts. But then in verse 7, he drops another big surprise.
- What comfort to their sorrow does he offer?
Many Christians have commented at times that things would be so much better if they could just have Jesus with them in person. Oh, how their prayer life, devotions and times of worship would change if only Jesus was there next to them! But what does Jesus say about this?
- Do we believe it was to our advantage that He left earth? Why or why not?
- Do we cherish the Helper’s presence with us like we would Christ himself? How can we grow in this?
From verse 8 on, we get Jesus’ teaching on why the Helper coming is such good news.
- What are the three things the Helper will do?
Let’s break each of these down.
Jesus begins in verses 8-11 discussing how the Helper will 1) convict the world. A lot of commentators note that this is best understood as legal conviction rather than intellectual convincing. A helpful synonym is “expose”: the Helper will expose who was sinful, who was righteous and who is really judged.
- Why will each be exposed? What reasons does Jesus give?
Notice the irony here. Jesus is about to be tried, convicted and judged on the Cross; the world and its ruler think they are triumphing over Christ. Jesus, however, turns it around on the world and says the Helper will show that the very opposite is true: Satan and the world are judged through the cross!
This calls attention to the fact that reality is not always as it seems—especially when it comes to the values of the world. The Holy Spirit exposes the world’s values to be off the mark and even upside down.
- In what ways have you seen this to be true in our culture?
We are also told that the Holy Spirit, the Helper, will 2) guide us into all truth.
- In what ways does the Holy Spirit do this?
- How have you experienced any of these aspects of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life?
Finally, in verses 14 and 15, we are told that the Holy Spirit will 3) glorify Christ. This is part of Jesus’ word of comfort and encouragement.
- Why is this work of the Holy Spirit good news for us and the world?
Will you stop whatever you’re doing right now and spend a minute praying specifically for your camper, their Bible Study time, the counselor, and our day at the Shores?