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October 7 - Evening

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." - John 16:12-13

The Spirit of Truth Will Guide You Into Truth

While speaking to the disciples at the Last Supper, Jesus informs them that he has not told them all the information he has for them. In fact, Jesus says he has “much more to say,” but he also tells them it is “more than you can now bear,” so they will have to hear it at a later time when they are ready.
The word “bear” that is used when Jesus tells the disciples that the things he has yet to say are “more than you can now bear,” is bastadzo in the Greek. Bastadzo is used by John to refer to picking up stones in 10:31 and to carrying a burden (the cross) in 19:17. Paul uses bastadzo to refer to enduring things that are a burden in Galatians 6:2 such as bearing Christ’s name in Acts 9:15. Jesus is not referring to the disciples bearing stones, burdens, crosses or his name, but instead is referring to their lack of ability to bear his words. It would seem that Jesus would like to give them more information and explain in greater detail what is occurring historically at that time and how it all fits in with God’s plan, but the disciples cannot “bear,” or “handle,” or “understand” his words.
Jesus then shares his plan to overcome the disciple’s inability to understand his teaching. Jesus says that when the Spirit of truth comes he (the Spirit of Truth) will guide the disciples into all truth. The word “guide” is a word that refers to a guide introducing a traveler to an unknown land. The third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, will come to the disciples to empower their ability to understand (or “bear”) the truth, but also, the Holy Spirit will come to be a spokesman for Jesus. The Spirit “will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears.” The Spirit will not bring his own information, but will empower the disciples to “bear” Jesus’ information. Jesus is the “word"; the Spirit is the “revealer.”
Jesus says the Spirit of Truth (Holy Spirit) also “will tell you what is yet to come.” What does this mean? Does it mean the Spirit will serve in a prophetic role predicting future events for the disciples? Or, does it mean that once the disciples are empowered with the Spirit, then Jesus will share with them the words that they at the present time cannot “bear.” This second interpretation would indicate that “what is yet to come” is the rest of Jesus’ words and teaching that the disciples cannot bear at the time of the Last Supper.
It may be best to understand “what is yet to come” as the rest of the Christian doctrine and the instruction received in the form of the apostolic teaching recorded in Acts and the Epistles. Of course, any student of Scripture will observe that within this Apostolic teaching is eschatological insight and information concerning things that are “yet to come” as future events.
One of the spiritual blessings of our inheritance as believers in Christ is the presence of the Holy Spirit who empowers us in order that we might understand our glorious inheritance and God’s incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” – Ephesians 1:17-19
Mathetes (Gr) - Disciple (Eng) - in the Greek language the word mathetes means more than "student." As mathetes is used in Classical Greek it means something more like "an apprentice." Mathetes is used 260+ times in the New Testament, but only in the four Gospels and the book of Acts (check Strong's word # 3101). A mathetes of Jesus was with him all day, every day, 24/7 learning information, understanding his philosophy, partaking in his struggles, experiencing his victories and imitating his character and values.
Do I experience the Holy Spirit helping me understand scripture?
Is the Holy Spirit reminding me what the Word of God says during the day so that I might choose what is right? I will anticipate the illumination of the Holy Spirit while reading Scripture and count on his leadership to remind me of the Truth during the day.

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Commitment to the truth of Scripture
City governments
Portugal - churches divided and need full-time workers and passion for lost

Looking east towards the Kidron Valley from inside the Large Stone Structure that was the royal palace of the kings of Judah. David would have occupied this royal residence.
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Details of the location of the twelve tribes of Israel. (click on image for larger size)

Someone to Quote

“O Lord, convert the world – and begin with me.”

Something to Ponder

Origen (185-254 AD) went to great lengths to interpret the Old Testament allegorically so that it could be applied directly to the church. Critics of his day (like today) claimed he was in error and created doctrine out of his allegorical imagination.

Here’s a Fact

The Behistun Inscription is carved into the side of a cliff 300 feet high at the foot of an Iranian mountain. It was unknown who the figure in the image was or what it said until it was translated in 1835 as saying:
“I am Darius,
Great King,
King of Kings,
the King of Persia.”

Darius' ruled from 522-486 and is referred to in Ezra 4:24; 5:6; 6:1, etc. Later in the inscription his son Xerxes (husband of Esther) is also named. (details)


"The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast."
Proverbs 1:20

Coach’s Corner

Serving the Lord can be done at any time with any occupation. Your “ministry” is not limited to being involved in a church program or a clergy approved position.

Acts 2
New International Version (NIV)
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“‘In the last days, God says,     I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,     your young men will see visions,     your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will pour out my Spirit in those days,     and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above     and signs on the earth below,     blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness     and the moon to blood     before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls     on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.     Because he is at my right hand,     I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;     my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,     you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;     you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:     “Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies     a footstool for your feet.”’
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Mark 2
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

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