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Jottings

The Lord goes on to speak of the work of the Spirit of truth.

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all the truth; for He shall not speak from Himself; but what things soever He shall hear, these shall He speak: and He shall declare unto you the things that are to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall take of Mine, and shall declare it unto you. All things whatsoever the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He taketh of Mine, and shall declare it unto you" (John 16.12-14).

The Lord had taught the apostles and the disciples many things during the time of His ministry, but there were yet many things which the apostles could not bear at the time that the Lord was speaking, but they would be strengthened to bear them when they were filled with the Spirit of truth, who would lead them into all the truth. The Spirit was not to speak from Himself; but what things He should hear, these would He speak. Though the word spirit is a neuter word, yet here the personality of the Holy Spirit is clearly seen. "When He" (Greek, ekeinos, masc. pronoun) is come, He would guide them into all the truth, and what He would hear, He would speak. These are all actions of a person. How vitally necessary to these men of God, the apostles, to hear the very words which would be spoken in the counsels of Deity in regard to the truth proper to the present dispensation of grace, and to that which follows after! The Spirit was also to declare unto them things that were to come. Some speak lightly of what is called "prophetic truth", as though this is an unnecessary part of the Scriptures. it is well to remember that the angel that revealed things in the book of the Revelation to John, said, "I am a fellow-servant with thee and with thy brethren that hold the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19.10). To get a right understanding of prophecy may take more hours of reading and meditation than some of the other parts of Scripture, but our ears should not be so filled and our hands so occupied with other things, that we fail to listen to the voice of the Spirit in regard to things that are to come.

Then there is that further revelation of the Spirit; "He shall glorify Me: for He shall take of Mine, and shall declare it unto you. All things whatsoever the Father bath are Mine: therefore said I, that He taketh of Mine, and shall declare it unto you" (verses 14.15).

With a certain timidity I write a few words on the word "Glory" (Greek, doxa) which means an appearance, notion, imagination, opinion; also praise, glorification, honour, magnificence. The word is of wide application. It is derived from the verb dokeo, which mean~ to think, to suppose, imagine. Associated with these is the verb doxazo, to glorify, to adore, to worship, to glorify by admission to a state of bliss. The word glory (doxa) is first used in John 1.14: "And the Word became flesh ... (and we beheld His>glory, glory as of the Only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth". This it seems to me to be the inherent glory of the Son of God, which the apostles saw by faith. It is in contrast to the glory which He had with the Father before the world was (John 17.5), and of which He emptied Himself when He took the form of a bondservant (Philippians 2.6-8). The glory of Luke 9.32 will be, I judge, the glory of the Son of Man when He comes in His kingdom (Matthew 16.28; Luke 9.27). The glory of John 2.11 was the glory of the Lord seen in all His gracious acts. The Lord said in John 12.28, "Father, glorify Thy name", whereupon the Father said from heaven, "I have both glorified it" (in the work of the Lord in His lifetime) "and will glorify it again" (in the work of the Lord in His death). This is similar in meaning to John 17.4: "I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do". We are to glorify God in our body, which is a temple of the Holy Spirit; and as gathered together as the temple of God we are with one accord and with one mouth to glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15.6).