#DailyDevotion He Will Glorify Jesus
Joh 16:12-15 “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.
During his visible, earthly ministry Jesus taught the disciples many things. Some things they understood, other things they did not. He wanted to tell them more, but they could bear it at the moment. He was about to be taken from them. Jesus would tell them many more things after his resurrection.
Once Jesus departed, ten days later, he would send the Holy Spirit upon them. Then they would know; then they would understand. During his earthly ministry Jesus often told them and the Pharisees that he did nothing of his own or spoke of his own. He did what the Father was doing and spoke what the Father had given him to speak. Now the Holy Spirit would teach them, remind them of what Jesus had said, give them understanding concerning all his teachings. The Holy Spirit would glorify Jesus for that is what the Father had done. If you hear something or read something declaring itself to be from God and it doesn’t glorify Jesus and what Jesus has done it is not from the Father or the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit takes from what belongs to Jesus and declared it through the apostles unto the Church. That which glorified Jesus was written down. Those are the books we have in the New Testament. If the writing did not glorify Jesus aright, then those writings were not approved by the Church to become part of the true collection of the teaching of Jesus. Everything Jesus and the Father taught to us during his ministry was taught to the apostles by the Holy Spirit after Pentecost. These apostles from Jesus or their close associates wrote those things down for our salvation, to convey to us the Word of Life. Peter says, 2Pe 1:19-21 “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, (20) knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. (21) For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Even after seeing Jesus’ glory on the mountain and hearing the voice of the Father, we have a more fully confirmed, trusty, steadfast, sure prophetic word in the Scriptures. We need nothing else than the Holy Spirit to open our minds to the word he spoke through the prophets to hear, understand, believe and know.
We need only have to ask ourselves when reading the Scriptures about any interpretation or understand we think we may have, does it glorify Jesus or does it take from his glory. Does it glorify his person and natures; does it glorify his work; does it glorify Jesus’ teaching of eternal life? If it doesn’t, it isn’t the understanding the Holy Spirit is conveying in that text which he moved his prophets and apostles write down which is always the most sure and certain teachings of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, always give us your Holy Spirit, that we may believe the word you have given us in the Scriptures through your Church and to truly understand and to trust it, that we may have eternal life and glorify your Son Jesus Christ in all we think, say and do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.