IV. THE DISCIPLES’ PREPARATION BY THE SON OF GOD (13:1 – 16:33) A. THE DISCOURSE IN THE UPPER ROOM (Jn 13:1 – 14:31) 5. The Promise of Residence (14:1-3) 6. The Way to the Father (14:4-6) 7. The Oneness with the Father (14:7-11) 8. The Performance of Greater Works (14:12-15) 9. The Sending of the Holy Spirit (14:16-17) 10. The Pledge of Love (14:18-26) a. Through the Promise of His Indwelling (vv. 18-20) b. Through the Obedience to His Commandments (vv. 21-25) 1) The principle (v. 21) 2) The rationale (vv. 22-25) Read Jn 14:22. John is making it clear to us that this is not Judas Iscariot, but Judas the son of James (see Lk 6:16). This Judas asked Jesus how He would reveal Himself to the disciples and not to the world. ~ He was asking, “How is it that Jesus would not show Himself not only publicly but in undeniable and irresistible splendor and majesty!” Judas – and the other disciples – may still have been expecting Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom and overthrow Rome. Not everyone would understand Christ’s message, and a hardened and unbelieving world would not believe even someone who had come back from the dead (Lk 16:31). ~ Jesus reveals Himself most deeply to those who love and obey Him. Read Jn 14:23. “… and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” ~ The context here is individual rather than corporate indwelling. ~ In v. 2, He prepares “dwelling-places” for them. ~ Here, He joins with the Father in making a “dwelling-place” in them. Here Jesus offered the best comfort of all: there wouldn’t really be any separation from Him for His disciples! ~ TO THOSE WHO LOVE JESUS, THE FATHER AND THE SON WILL COME AND MAKE A PERMANENT HOME WITH THEM. The clause, “… and make Our abode with him” indicates a very close and intimate relationship. THIS PRESENCE IS VERY REAL. ~ Its operation can be felt and experienced. ~ Warren Wiersbe: “It is one thing for us to go to heaven and quite something else for heaven to come to us! There is a deeper fellowship with the Son and the Father for those who love Him, seek Him, and obey Him. We experience His peace as we commune with the Father and the Son in love….” This “coming”, this “appearing” is an anticipation of the final, consummating experience of God after the Second Coming! (See Rev 21:3, 22.) Read Jn 14:24a. ~ Mere duty will not generate obedience to Christ – at least not true and consistent and lasting obedience; only love for Him can do that. We must be reminded whose words these are to be obeyed: Read Jn 14:24b. ~ The words of Jesus are the words of the Father who sent Him! Rejecting the precepts and commandments of Christ is a very serious matter! Some people have taught that keeping Jesus’ words is too strict or demanding or unrealistic. ~ The real question isn’t really about what commands to keep or how to keep them, but whether we still love Jesus. TRUE OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST COMES FROM LOVE AND TRUST. ~ The quality of our obedience is a direct reflection of our love for Christ. Read Jn 14:25. ~ “These things”: refers both to the Lord’s words in this discourse, and all His teaching up to this very moment.