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Jottings

The secret manifestation of Himself to His disciples and not to the world drew forth from Judas a question:

"Judas (not Iscariot) said unto Him, Lord, what is come to pass that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto, us, and not unto the world?" Jesus answered and said unto him, "If a man love Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My words: and the word which ye bear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me" (John 14.22-24).

It seems evident that Judas had not appreciated what the Lord was speaking about in this manifestation of Himself secretly to the inner mind of the disciples; he evidently thought that the Lord was speaking of His outward manifestation in the flesh, and in this sense of manifestation the disciples were in no sense closer to the Lord than the men of this world. Hut love does bring a closer relationship between persons. This is so in natural relationships. Thus it is between a husband and wife who truly love one another there is that manifestation of the one to the other that others do not enter into, and secret things are only shared between the two. This is true in the highest sense between God the Father and God the Son:"For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth: and greater works than these will He shew Him, that ye may marvel" (John 5.20).

Hence in this matter of manifestation, the Lord's answer to Judas was based on the matter of love. He said, "If a man love Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him." It has been said that "to know persons we need to live with them", and this will be so if the Father and the Son make Their abode with us. Their abiding with us rests upon love, so the Lord went on to say, "He that loveth Me not keepeth not My words", and the word that He said was His Father's that sent Him.

The Lord said that He spoke these things while abiding with them, but the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father would send in His name, would teach them all things, and would bring to their remembrance all that the Lord had said unto them. This was a precious work of the Holy Spirit to act on the memories of the disciples, so that their minds were to be quickened to remember the teaching of the Lord.

Then the Lord passes on to the matter of "peace" which His disciples would also need in a world of unrest in which their work would lie. He said:

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved Me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I" (verses 27,28).

The Lord's peace in this world of unrest was a peace that was quiet tranquil and serene. The passing things of time, however much they might beat upon others, did not cause tumults within Him. Twice over in Isaiah the thought is expressed, "There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked" (Isaiah 48.22; 57.21). God says that "the wicked are like the troubled sea; for it cannot rest". You watch the waves as they come rolling in; the one that rolls in first is smashed upon by the one that follows, and on they go smashing one upon another. So the Lord said that He gave peace to His own, not as the world giveth. The world's peace is a peace to be broken. The heart of the Lord's disciple is not to be troubled, and he is not to be fearful. He is to let the peace of Christ rule in his heart, to which he has been called in one Body, and he is to be thankful (Colossians 3.15). "The Lord is at band" to help and deliver, so our requests are to be made known unto God. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4.5-7).