As Jesus waited upon and glorified the Father in his corporeal life, the Spirit will wait on and glorify Jesus in his spiritual life. This is what Jesus is saying here; that the Holy Spirit is not glorified in the works that he does, but glorifies Jesus in the work itself.
After two beloved disciples spent much time with Jesus, seeing first the physical, and then the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is telling them to wait. waited. There is more, much more.
TIS: So when we get to heaven, then do we dwell there?
Jesus: No, I don’t mean to get us there immediately. I mean, the physical life is something, it’s a phase, and like anything else it must be transcended by the spiritual life. We must be in Christ. But the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is what will take us there.
It’s hard to imagine that Jesus would say something so promising when he could even attain to death for his disciples. This is what he is saying–it’s all for eternity!
It’s already a beautiful concept, but it gets even better for Jesus. Not only are we made to dwell in the presence of the indwelling Spirit, but it is this very presence which will transform us.
Jesus transforms us when the Holy Spirit makes his home in us.
It is a story of the Holy Spirit’s sermons through the epistles of the New Testament which proclaims to us the nature and character of Jesus and the gracious power which can, through the indwelling Spirit of Truth and Revelation, facilitate such a transaction.
Here, Jesus is praying–in a way to the disciples he just had a direct conversation with their teacher, John–asking John to further develop his powers as a good Pharisee to become even better at confessing the same way Jesus tells him.
What we’re seeing here is a confirmation of John’s larger ministry within the larger ministry of first the Son of God, and ultimately the King of all. Every disciple of Jesus is called to the heights, and many have already reached them, and are here. It’s just a matter of locating those high places.
For the prophets, shepherds, and apostles of the New Testament, this is a cause for much praise and thanksgiving to God.
But we miss the mood and tenor of this letter away back in the previous section. There’s a stress of good works to be done, a tension of responsibilities, and a burden for many to bear. It’s the catch all qualification to walk with God.
Let’s get one thing straight. I’m talking about a supernatural Spirit of Truth that manifests as a power within true believers, and not in some strange way that the non-believer can fool. And this Spirit is the Power of the Angel that struck Judas.
THE DISCIPLES HAD POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY, AND TO SECONDARY natURE.
As disciples, we too have this same power and responsibility. Remember, there were no martyrs. As the Apostle James writes, we have been ” Revised Out of that Deep Ocean, into a New Creation by the incorruptible,Renewed by the Lord, by Him, who called us by His own glory and goodness” (Rev 2:11)
We’re not new chosen only by God to be used for His purposes. While the good are treated differently than the bad, both are treated with equal vital importance to God. This is why Paul says to pray for all good men (and women) and women.
Consequently, there’s power and consequences for the exercise of this power. When Jesus said, “Greater Is He that Is in You, than He that Is in the world!” He declared what God the Father was doing in and through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
There is no other power, authority, or position that can compare with the power Christ gave His life on the cross. He has infinite power.
And because Christ had complete dominion over the world when He died, He has the authority to grant you absolute victory over all the forces of the enemy that would try to usurp your authority and cloud your joy.
When the angel broke the chains of death, He not only abolished death in the respect that was legal, but He resurrected you. Now you are empowered by the most dynamic Supernatural Power in the universe.
God gives you the gifts you need to accomplish whatever He wants you to be accomplish.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you crooked places, and I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.”