For Your Good He Has Gone (John 15:4b-15)

IMG_0017-0On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “For Your Good He Has Gone” from John 15:4b-15.

Jesus’s going away and his sending of the Spirit means that great numbers of people gain a true understanding of salvation that never would have otherwise.

1. Lack of understanding—Jesus’s presence among his disciples has shielded them from persecution. The questioning disciples are troubled that he is leaving and that they will face persecution. Jesus’s Farewell Discourse (John 14-17) is intended to assuage their grief over his departure, and to prepare them for what is coming.

2. Convicting the World—The Holy Spirit will convict of sin on a greater—indeed, a global—scale than Jesus’s preaching ministry could.

3. A Guide to the Truth—The Holy Spirit illuminates the revelation previously given by Jesus during his ministry. New Testament believers have a greater understanding of God’s word than the Old Testament saints ever had. This is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit illuminating the word of God to his people. Had Christ never sent the Holy Spirit, Christianity would have never influenced the world for Christ the way it has and continues to do.

Listen to “For Your Good He Has Gone” (John 15:4b-15) at mcopc.org.

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