I must admit that I have been anxiously awaiting our arrival at John chapter 16. Of all of the chapters of John, this one is my favorite. It’s my favorite because it contains a promise with a possibility so great that I get excited each and every time I read it. The section of chapter sixteen that I am referring to is found in verses 12-15.
John 16:12–15 (ESV) “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.”
Let’s look at these verses in reverse order because there is a promise with so much potential that I don’t want you to miss a single piece of it.
Notice what Jesus says in verse 15…
“All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Don’t miss this truth: Everything that God the Father has also belongs to Jesus the Son. “ALL that the Father has is mine…” Can you imagine the scope of this? In actuality, no you cannot. No one can. The scriptures say that we can’t even imagine what he has prepared for us in heaven, so how could we possible comprehend EVERYTHING that is the Father’s! So Jesus has it all. All power, all knowledge, all dominion, all possessions… all everything!
The next verse above this one says…
“He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Do you see it? Can you try to imagine it? Consider this. The Father gave everything to Jesus. Jesus just said that the Holy Spirit will glorify him by taking that and making it known to us. Therefore, what’s the limit on what the Holy Spirit can do through us? There’s not one. What’s the limit on what the Holy Spirit can teach us? There’s not one! What’s the limit on the power available to us through the Holy Spirit? There’s not one!
As I examine these verses of scripture I am always left with an excitement about what the Holy Spirit wants to do in my life but I am also always left with a sense of disappointment. I’m disappointed in a depth, or lack of depth in my openness to the Spirit’s work in my life. I want to go deeper! How about you? I want God to be able to use me to advance his kingdom in a miraculous way. I want to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice louder than all of the other things vying for my attention. I want more than what I have seen or experienced. I want… “He will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
As we have come down to the last week of our prayer and fasting, lets really press in and ask the Lord to teach us great and mighty things that will truly equip us to move his kingdom forward in 2014!
He’s got some spectacular things that He wants to say to us! Are you listening?