John 14:15 (NIV) 15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
On verse 15: Loving Jesus is not simply feeling a certain way toward Jesus or having a favourable opinion about Jesus. It’s doing what Jesus commands. To love Jesus is to obey Jesus. If you want to know how well you love Jesus, ask yourself, “How much am I obeying what Jesus is commanding me to do?”
John 14:16-17 (NIV) 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
On verses 16-17: To help us love and obey Jesus, Jesus and the Father together give us access to the Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Trinity. Here Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth” (v17). He also calls the Holy Spirit a “Counselor” (v16), in Greek “parakletos”, which in other English translations has also been translated “comforter”, “advocate”, and “helper”. Indeed the Holy Spirit is all of those things to Christians. The Holy Spirit counsels Christians to understand and do God’s will. The Holy Spirit comforts Christians with the presence of God. The Holy Spirit is our advocate who speaks to the Father on our behalf. And the Holy Spirit is our helper, who empowers us to do what God wants us to do.
In verse 17, Jesus teaches us other important truths about the Holy Spirit.
First, those who do not believe in Jesus will have a tough time understanding or experiencing much of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus says, “The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him” (v17a).
Second, the Holy Spirit is made available to people who have trusted in Jesus Christ. When you place your faith in Jesus, mysteriously and amazingly the Holy Spirit “lives with you and will be in you” (v17b). Your body becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). That doesn’t mean that you become God. Rather, it means that now you have a special relationship with God because His Spirit lives inside you. This holy resident inside you called the Holy Spirit gives you a peace that passes understanding, helps you to understand God’s Word, convicts us of sin, helps us experience more of God’s presence, and does so much more. How good and precious it is to know the Holy Spirit.
John 14:18-20 (NIV) 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
On verses 18-20: Jesus was preparing his disciples for a time when “the world will not see [Jesus]…anymore” (v19). At the same time Jesus is also promising that he won’t leave his disciples as orphans but that He would come to them (v18) and his disciples will see him (v19). At that time, Jesus’ disciples would realize that Jesus truly is in the Father, that they are in Jesus and Jesus is in them (v20). What time in history is Jesus referring to in these verses? Some scholars think Jesus is referring to his resurrection, and that may be possible. Given that Jesus has just finished speaking about the Holy Spirit, I think Jesus is perhaps more likely referring to Pentecost in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all believers in Jesus after Jesus had already ascended to heaven.
John 14:21 (NIV) 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
On verse 21: As discussed in verse 15, to love Jesus is to obey Jesus. When we obey Jesus, verse 21 teaches us that we experience tremendous blessings: we experience the love of the Father to a greater depth (“He who loves me will be loved by my Father”) and Jesus reveals more of Himself and His love to us (“I too will love him and show myself to him”).
Father, thank You for sending us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Since loving Jesus means to obey Jesus, Holy Spirit please guide me and empower me to obey what Jesus commands. In so doing may I experience Your love and get to know You more and more. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!