Jesus gives his disciples instructions before his death concerning their future.
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Where are you going?
6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient [profitable] for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.
“What? Did he just say that it is more profitable for us when he’s gone because the Comforter is better than Jesus presence?” I imagine that the disciples were thinking similar thoughts. These men were at a loss about what this meant?
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The devil is the prince of this world.
12 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
Why could they not handle the “all truth” yet? Because receiving the “all truth”, requires the new nature made available on Pentecost.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it to you.
15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it to you.
16 A little while and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me because I go to the Father.
They would see him with their physical eyes for a short period but after the day of Pentecost, they would see him with their spiritual eyes.
After the day of Pentecost, the believer’s Bible consisted of the Old Testament. This is a wonderful book but is inadequate for the new nature that was introduced. The New Testament books were written 20-60 years after Pentecost and not compiled until the second century. Therefore, they received the holy spirit on the day of Pentecost but had no operators manual. I believe that God had to be more active in their lives to compensate for the lack of a New Testament. Since the New Testament is written for us then we can study and research the Word of Truth.
The “all truth” that Jesus spoke about is the church letters contained in the New Testament. Here is a breakdown of the church letters.
The Book of Acts explains the birth, growth, and expansion of the Church.
These are the general church letters for all believers.
- 1 and 2 Corinthians
- 1 and 2 Thessalonians
There are specific letters addressed to Church leadership.
- 1 and 2 Timothy
Hebrews is a unique letter because it is addressed to born again Jews that are zealous for the Mosaic law.
The nine church letters (Romans to Thessalonians) is the “all truth” for the Body of Christ. It contains all of the information needed for the church to thrive (individually and collectively) and expand. Here are some of the great truths that are only contained in the church letters.
- We are saved by grace and not by work.(Eph 2:8)
- We are the Body of Christ and he is the head. (Col 1:18)
- It’s Christ in you, the hope of the glory(Col 1:27)
- There is one body, one baptism, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one hope, one God and Father (Eph 4:4-6)
- The hope of Christ’s return. Details include: a new body, saved from the wrath to come, the dead in Christ will rise first, some will be alive when he returns, crowns earned, (1 Thes 4, 1 Cor 15)
- Agape love – what it is, what is available (1 Cor 13)
- Now we are sons of God. (1 John 3:2)
- Heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17)
- We have nine manifestations of the Spirit available (1 Cor 12)
- How to operate the worship manifestations in a church meeting (1 Cor 14)
- Speaking in tongues benefits.