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Text Sermons : R.A. Torrey : Further Thoughts for the Comfort of Jesus’ Disciples During the Absence of Their Lord John 14:15–27

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1. “If Ye Love Me, Ye Will Keep My Commandments,” vv. 15–24
What change does the R. V. make in v. 15? What is the one proof of love to Jesus? How many of His commandments will we keep if we love Him? If we know some commandment of His which we are not keeping, what does it prove? Is it important to love Jesus? (1 Cor. 16:22.) Does it say, “If, etc. ye will obey my commandment”? What does “keep” mean? Is there any connection between the promises of vv. 12–14 and v. 15? (Compare 1 John 3:22, the enjoyment of God’s promises goes hand in hand with obedience to His commandments.) Can the faith that receives all God has be separated from the love that obeys all God says? What did Jesus say He would do if they really loved Him and showed their love by keeping His commandments? Upon what is receiving the Spirit conditioned? (Compare Acts 5:32.) What does “Comforter” mean? How does He help? (John 16:13; 14:26; Ro. 8:26; Acts 8:29; 11:11, 12; 16:6, 7; Matt. 10:18–20; Acts 4:8; 6:10.) Why does He say “another” helper? In answer to what was the Spirit to come? Who was to send Him? (John 15:26.)
Is there any proof of the divinity of Christ in the use of “another”? How long was this new Comforter to abide with them? Why did Jesus mention that? What was the name of this new Friend? (15:26; 16:13; 1 John 4:6.) Why is He so named? (John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:11, 14.) What attitude toward this divine Friend does the world take? (Compare John 1:10, 11.) Why does not the world receive Him? Where had the world had a chance to behold the Spirit? If we want the Spirit in ourselves, where must we first behold Him? (2 Cor 3:18.) Who does know the Spirit? Why does the true believer know Him? In whom had He abode with them? What was He going to do? (Compare Ro. 8:9.) What did it look as if the disciples would be, if Jesus left them (v. 18)? With what promise does He meet that dreary prospect? (See margin and compare 13:33.) Was it merely the coming of the Spirit that was to prevent their being orphans? To what coming does this refer (vv. 17, 21, 23)? How is the coming of the Spirit a coming of Christ? (John 16:14; Gal. 4:19.) What further privilege were the disciples to have which the world was not? To what beholding does this refer (vv. 20, 21)? What goes along with the beholding of Christ? What makes it sure the believer will live? (Compare 11:25, 26.) What blessed knowledge were the disciples to have in that day (v. 20)? How do we know that? (1 John 3:24; 4:13.) Were they merely to guess so, or think so, or believe so?
What is the result of our loving Christ (v. 21)? Does this mean that love begins with us and God does not love us until we love His Son? (1 John 3:16; 4:19.) How much does the Father love those who love His Son? (John 17:23.) How will Christ show His love? Did the disciples understand yet how Jesus was to manifest Himself to them and not to the world? Why not? What had Jesus given the disciples besides the promise? What ought they to have busied themselves about, performing the duty or asking “how” about the promised reward? Is it characteristic of men, when God gives a promise, to go asking “how” instead of fulfilling the condition? Did Jesus tell Judas “how” (v. 23) He would manifest Himself? What did He tell him practically? What change is there in the mode of expressing the way in which love reveals itself in v. 23? Why use the word “word” (R. V.) instead of commandment? Why “word”, not “words”? What advance is there in the promise? Who will make their abode with us? Who is it makes the Father and Son to dwell in us? Who are the “we”? Is there any proof here of the deity of Jesus in the way which Jesus couples Himself with the Father? (Compare Rev. 7:15–17; 22:3.) What is the proof that men do not love God? Suppose we are not conscious of any great intensity of feeling in our attitude toward Jesus but we obey Him, what does that prove? How does Jesus bring out the seriousness of rejecting His word?
2. “Peace I Leave with You,” vv. 25–27
How were they to be enabled to keep His sayings? What new name is given to the Comforter here? Why Holy Ghost? Who was to send this Comforter? In whose name are we to ask Him? In whose name does God send Him? What would He do when He came? Had Christ taught them all things? (16:12.) Who was He to teach? Did the Apostles receive “all the truth”? Is there anything to be added then to their teaching? Was it only the twelve Apostles who were given to have the teaching of the Holy Spirit? (1 John 2:20, 27.) What else was the Holy Ghost to do? Have we in the Gospels the mere human recollection of the Apostles of what Jesus said? How accurate is it then? What final thought for their comfort did Jesus give them (v. 27)? What was Christ’s legacy to His disciples? What peace did He give? What does “My peace” mean? How is this to be gotten? Did it mean they would have no conflict or tribulation? (16:33; 2 Tim. 3:12.) Whose giving does Christ contrast with His own? How does His giving differ from the world’s?

1. The Father
Sent the Son, 24; sent the Spirit in the Son’s name, 26; gives the Spirit in answer to the Son’s prayer, 16; gives the Spirit to those who love the Son, 15, 16; loves those who love His Son, 21, 23; comes to those who love His Son, 23; makes His abode with those who love His Son, 23.
2. Jesus Christ
(1). His nature:
Divine, 16, 23; human, 16.
(2). Jesus and the Father:
Subordinate to, 16; Jesus is in the Father, 20; Jesus prays to the Father, 16; Jesus is heard by the Father, 16; Jesus speaks the words of the Father, 24.
(3). Jesus and His disciples:
Is unwilling that His disciples be troubled in heart, 27; comforts His disciples, 15–27; He is coming again to His disciples in the Spirit’s coming to be with them, 18; will not leave His disciples orphans, 18; is seen by His disciples even during His bodily absence, 19; is in His disciples, 20; His disciples are in Him, 20; He lives and His disciples live by Him, 19; leaves His own peace as His parting legacy to His disciples, 27.
(4). Jesus and the Spirit:
Prays for the Spirit, 16; the Spirit sent in His name, 26; manifested by the Spirit, 21; comes through the Spirit, 18.
(5). Jesus and those who love Him:
He prays for them, 16; loves them, 21; manifests Himself to them, 21; comes unto them, 23; makes His abode with them, 23.
(6). Jesus and the world:
Not recognized by the world, 19; not like the world, 27.
3. The Spirit
(1). His names:
The Spirit of Truth, 17; the Holy Spirit, 26.
(2). The Spirit and the Father:
Is given by the Father, 16; is sent by the Father, 26.
(3). The Spirit and the Son:
Is given in answer to the prayer of the Son, 16; is sent in the Son’s name, 26; is given to those who love and obey the Son, 15, 16, 26; compare 21–24; brings the words of the Son to remembrance, 26.
(4). The Spirit of the believer:
The Spirit does for the believer what Jesus did while with them in the flesh, 16; abides with the believer forever, 16, 17; is in believers, 17; is known by believers, 17.
(5). The Spirit and the world:
The world does not behold Him, 17; does not know Him, 17; cannot receive Him, 17.
(6). His offices:
A present helper, 16; a perfect teacher of all truth, 26; a perfect remembrancer of all Christ’s sayings, 26.
4. Believers
(1). Their comfort:
They have another Comforter and Friend during Christ’s absence, 16; this Friend is with them always, 16; is in them, 17; Jesus is with them, 18; the Father and the Son come to dwell with them as a preparation for their going to dwell with the Father and the Son, 23; they are loved by the Father and the Son, 21; Christ’s life is a guarantee of theirs, 19.
(2). Their privileges:
To have Christ’s own peace, 27; know the Holy Spirit, 17; have the Spirit, 16; have the Spirit abiding with them, 16; have the Spirit abiding in them, 17; see Christ, 19; be in Christ, 20; have Christ in them, 20; have the Father and the Son abiding with them, 23; live because Christ lives, 19.
(3). What they know:
They know the Holy Spirit, 17; that Jesus is in the Father, 20; that they are in Christ Jesus, 20; that Christ Jesus is in them, 20.
(4). What they ought to do:
Love Jesus, 15, 21, 23; keep His commandments, 15; hold His commandments, 21; keep His word, 23; never be troubled, 27.
5. Three Stages of Love and Three Degrees of Promise
(1). Keep My commandments:
The Spirit of truth given 15, 16.
(2). Hath My commandments and keepeth:
Loved of My Father, I will love Him, I will manifest Myself unto Him, 21.
(3). Keep My word:
Father will love Him, we will come unto Him, we will make our abode with Him, 21.

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