CHAPTER 15 VERSE 1
I am the true vine and My Father is the vinedresser.
The vine produces wine that creates fun and joy. The Lord here speaks symbolically. Christ is the joy of a person and he who will be planted in the vine of Christ and increase the commandments in his life, he will be filled with the fruits and the signs and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are the products that the vine of Christ produces. These will make a person a fruitful tree which will gain eternal joy. The Father is the One who creates the vine (world). The farmer which is God, the Father, is the One who knows and acts accordingly on each vine the time it needs to bear fruit of wisdom. Since we were called in the vine of God we shall remain in it, so the care of God will be given to us eternally. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 2
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes that it may bear more fruit.
The vine yard is large (all creation and all inhabited logic beings in it, humans) and in it grows vines, trees people etc… if the ground does not have the appropriate ingredients, then the vine (human) cannot grow. The reasons for the vine not growing are referred in the parable of the sower. What then shall we say? Can God replant this tree to bear fruit somewhere else? Certainly He can. But what God respects and He does not move this tree somewhere else to produce fruit, is the free will of the person not to want to grow but instead to stay in the unsuitable ground. Unsuitable ground is the weakness of a person which is manifested within the family environment and they do not allow him to be replanted. Another reason for the vine (human) not growing is when the ground does not have the right ingredients such as; spiritual, positive, heavenly environment enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Today God acts through the voice of God and He is creating spiritual bible studies in homes of His people where everyone can find a suitable fertile ground to grow. Another obstacle for the vine not growing is the concerns and the cares of the materialistic world. The reasons that the vine (human) is thrown in the fire are stated in the parable of the sower. Let us read it carefully. The parable of the Sower is in the Gospel of Matthew. The vine (human) which bears fruit is the one who has good intentions and through knowledge and practice lays deep roots in order to draw all the elements from the soil which it needs in order to grow. When the trees live in an environment which is not faced with adversity, they do not develop deep roots and in a sudden change of weather with strong winds they fall. In the contrary, the tree that grows in parts with strong winds (cleanliness, practice, adversity) this tree is shaken continually left and right and moves continually his upper part. This causes the area around the tree to move and the roots move in the ground. As a result, in this tree the ground obtains soil pockets and the roots are forced to grow to fill the pockets. In case of strong winds this tree is solid with tremendous strong roots and it won`t fall. This tree is like a person who is called by God and tries to increase in his life spiritual activity and he does not refrain to struggle with adversity. Surely, he understands that in order for him to live, he has to depend on the farmer and the vine yard. This vine, the tree which fights, symbolizes the person who is governed by wiliness, by positive decision, sincerity and honesty in his spiritual growth in God and his desire to bear fruit in hundred folds. The parable of the Sower reveals these vines (people) which grow in God and do not fall into the fire (death). I wish that we all understand the call of God, so with practice, to increase spiritually in the vine yard of the Lord so the Farmer can take heed in our effort to produce fruit and He will cleanse us and we shall bring forth lots of fruits. We grow step by step, faith to faith every single day of our life. The fruits that God notices and will bless us is love and sacrifice. Also, what He will notice is the decision to follow Him and our honesty. I wish we all develop these components in our lives and let`s be sure that we will reign in the centuries of centuries with God. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 3
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Those who accept the voice of God and develop it in their lives it is matter of time to reach holiness,( the Lord here speaks symbolically and today we see that He was right) except for the portion of people who follow the path of Judas. God forbid for such person to exist. Those who have accepted the voice of God it is a matter of time to reach holiness.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 4-6
Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
God is the Creator, He is the life-giving organism, He is the mother and the Father of a human being. If we reject him we will be like the prodigal son with natural consequence to live off carob which is produced by the world and its system that we live in. This will have an apparent result subsequent on us with evidence of deterioration, like fatigue, corruption, old age, ego etc… and these will prevail in our lives. Elements which cannot fill us spiritually or
materialistically, but only to become the cause for us to flee away from God. These elements I repeat are; egoism, sin, wickedness, ambitions with unfair ways, that a person wants to achieve into his life to prevail to others his ego. Be aware that before the fall, comes selfishness. This is the biggest demon which can drive us away from God. Ego is increased within us slowly, slowly, with the desire of worldly authorities and powers. I have noticed that when people are poor in spirit and in material are humble. But when worldly powers are given to them and they are recognized by other people, or they gain money or a title, then these people end up establishing in them a huge ego. We need to be aware that whatever we acquire, either material or spiritual, to use it with the goodness of Christ and to present whatever God blessed us with humility towards others. Humility is shown when we are giving the glory to God, because it is God after all that wants to bless us with gifts and He is the energy and acts for us, not because we deserve it but for us to become good stewards of His gifts, lest we are saved. If we stay close to God then the tree of life and the wisdom of God will grow and will flourish within us and around us, so that other people can find spiritual food (eternal life, refuge) when they come close to us.(spiritual family)
The way we stay close to God is to increase daily three elements in our lives. The first; study the word of God in daily basis so the devil does not find fertile ground to fool us spiritually and grow within us. He, the devil, when we do not study, comes and slowly, slowly, without us noticing, leads us to his own house. Secondly; we need to preach the Gospel of the kingdom without shame “He who will confess Me, I will confess to the Father”. The Lord revealed to us that when we confess our faith, when we confess Christ, not only we win the Father but also we shape over time a powerful character in God where we never fail. The third is to find time to pray. We start from 1 hour a day and slowly, slowly, we enter in a continual prayer in order the wisdom of God and the Holy Spirit to manifest in our words and in our actions. Then God is evident to us by the Holy Grace and wisdom. We know that Christ is life, He is the eternal joy. Away from life (Christ), the natural consequence is to be overshadowed by death; as darkness is far away from the light. The person who does not stay in Christ, is cut off like the branch from the vine and dries up and withers, because the juices of life stop flowing as rivers of living water in his womb. Forbid this to happen…. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 7
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
We are with God when we implement His commandments. We are not with God when we say we are Christians but we do not apply His commandments. With God we do not have to ask and say we want this and that; but when we practice His will, let us be sure that He knows what we need and He hands it to us immediately. In the Bible He refers to us and says that if we as carnal parents and being wicked know how to give good things to our fleshly children how much more would our Spiritual Father will know how to give good things to His spiritual children? Since God knows what we need, let us trust Him and be confident that the surprises of God towards us in material and spiritual domain will flow one after the other. Let this be done…. Amen.
In the beginning, a young spiritual person can sit down and pray for hours and ask for millions of things. However, the more we ask only about ourselves and our family, the furthest we are from the will of God. The more we grow in spirituality and enter the depths of the wisdom of God and we implement His commands then our prayer prevails. “Please Lord let your mercy chase me in all the days of my life.” Let this request predominate always in us and around us. What do we ask and for what all day? We have so much. Why we do not look for something which God has given us to give to our fellowmen. This is the essential with substance prayer to God in order for us to become chosen vessels and practice the will of God. And when we pray we pray for all our brothers and sisters and for their needs. When we care for the salvation of others we will be saved and gain eternal life also. Then we are blessed by God. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 8
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
God is not glorified with various rituals or by saying that we are Greek Orthodox while others are not, or when we use any other doctrine. God will not save the dogma but He will save those who apply the word of God. In the Bible, He stressed, “he who applies, he will be saved”. God is glorified when we use all our means in the spiritual and in the material domain as a sacrifice and become servants when it’s needed to rejuvenate others. Paul the Apostle states “you are the seal of my mission”.
Through so many years of spiritual work, I noticed that the only element that brings God to us is sacrifice. Sacrifice brings God in us, creates spiritual family and spreads the Gospel of the kingdom. Some people preach but they do not become trustworthy and believed by others and instead of them reflecting and change themselves, they blame others for being infidels. They do not realize that they are the cause because they preach with words and not with their actions. Those people who are not able to spread the Word of God, the can help materialistically or by their presence the ones who can and have the power to spread the Gospel of the kingdom in order to reach to the day of the Lord quickly. The spread of the message is necessary and proceeds from the cleansings of the soul because if I cleanse and do not spread the message to others I will enter life through death. But if we spread the Gospel of the kingdom then the holy nation of God will appear and these sons and daughters of the living God will have elements which will stimulate the Lord to make His second coming and to reign in the world through His new disciples. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 9
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
The Father loves the Son because the Son willingly put His life down to become the sacrifice, the ransom for many and through Him the Heavenly Father was glorified. Through the Lord, the Father showed the greatest love He has for human kind. The Lord not only put his life down for the ones that loved and accepted Him but also for His enemies. Likewise, if we want to have the pleasing of the God in us, His love and exhortation in our lives, we need not to put our lives down, but to have sincere love towards God and neighbor with works with sacrifice. I wish we can all do this. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 10
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
The Word of God refers to God’s commandments and it is our responsibility to study in order to find them. When we study, it is a good idea for us to write them down and to take notes, so we can understand them. This way in our everyday life we act and speak in all, external and internal factors, by the Holy Spirit. When we act spiritually we have full knowledge of God’s will and we are heading the right direction. Only then, when we understand the mistakes of yesterday which were based on infringement, sin and incorrect way of approaching God, then these mistakes will be restricted. By studying we shall get to know which the commandments of God are for us. Second, to understand which are the commandments of God towards others, third, to understand the promises of God towards us and finally, to understand which are the commandments towards our enemies. Only this way we will gain awareness and the spirit of God. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 12-13
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Whoever loves God should also love his brother. Otherwise that person will never see God. Our love towards others is shown by sacrifice, by grace and by mercy. No need for us to put down our life for anyone. The Lord did that for us. What is needed is to work for the glory of God by the rejuvenation of our fellowmen. Amen. One was sacrificed for the whole world. And nobody else needs to sacrifice himself. The person who loves Christ and works acts of love and mercy, he will not lose his soul. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 14-15
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends , for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
A friendship is created under circumstances which are chosen by the people themselves through their own free will and their freedom to become friends. Christ is the friend of love, peace, justice, humility. If we are friends of these elements and we apply the principles of God, our Father, then, we also become friends of Christ by our own free will, heirs of God, partakers and coheirs in the glory of God. Therefore, if we love the Gospel which reflects and expresses the principles and laws of God automatically we become friends of the Lord. I wish this to all people. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 16
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
When we spread the word of God which off course is His voice, many people are attracted to follow God. These people need to see also, our example and our love. But what makes a person to love and to bring in his life the life of Christ is to be attracted and chosen by the Father Himself. Therefore if God does not bless and build the building, the building which is built with lots of sacrifice, battles and tests, all this labor will be in vain.” Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Only with the blessing of God a person can bring forth fruit and for this fruit to stay in the eternal centuries. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 17
These things I command you, that you love one another.
In our world today, Christianity exists but the people of God do not yet exist. The reason for this is because people have built individual reigns (kingdoms) and created an individual God. Unfortunately, they all boast and say “God has given me this and that etc… If we want to preach the Gospel and be governed by it and prevail over corruption and death, we shall increase love among us. The unconditional love of Christ if it’s shown through us, the world will see it and follow Christ. Jesus told His disciples “You are known as My disciples if you love one another. Otherwise, the true God will not be revealed.
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Hate comes from jealousy and from the blindness which is possessed by the person who cares only for himself, his ambitions and selfish interests and is saturated by excessive egotism. If we are hated by people who are possessed from the above, it is wise for us to be cautious and behave with wisdom because we are the red cloth in their eyes. The Lord stresses “Do not give the holy to the dogs”. They will use it to hurt you soon or later. Also in the Bible it says “Be quiet as a snake and simple as the dove.” If the scandals which we create are originated from ego and selfishness we will fail. But if we create scandals because we work for the glory of God and the salvation of the world with all humbleness, then whoever is offended by our actions and judges and condemn our good fight, will pay the wage. “Blessed are you who are persecuted in My name. Rejoice because great will be your wage in heaven.” Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 20
Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
The servant cannot be greater than his master, unless illegally he grabs the power and the possessions of his master. This is the sad case for many Christians. Some devious people grabbed the power of Christ in their hands and they think they are the ones. They exercise control over others, fear and condemnation to anyone who works essentially for the glory of God and the salvation of the world. Thank God we live in a democratic society with free speech otherwise these people would burn others on the stick if they did not do what they were told or what is expected, even though their acts are for the will of God they would still be condemned. The servant of God must be a servant like the disciples, who sacrificed their own lives for the glory of God and for the salvation of the world. Moreover, the Lord pointed out that the greatest among you is the least (the one who serves). The servant of God will suffer persecution because of the ignorance which exists in our world today due to the increase of negative elements in our societies which blind the people and do not allow them to recognize the truth, because they are deceived and confuse the lie as the truth. However the person of God will be strengthen by the persecution and will become a chosen vessel of God since he will remain steadfast on the principles of God. Therefore, when this person will overcome with God’s help the persecution he will be stamped by God as a true child of His. This happens because the persecution becomes the cause for this person to unite with God and create a strong godly character. Finally, suffering persecution reveals the love we have towards God because we do not allow anything to become an obstacle to separate us from the love of Christ. Paul the Apostle reveals “What can separate us from the love of Christ? Hunger, nudity, sadness, persecution, death? Nothing! In the name of God and for principles of the Gospel we are able to die or live at any moment. Therefore, let us not be afraid of the judgment of others nor be shy or embarrassed of our desire that we have to serve the will of God in our lives. It is this desire that will bring heaven in us and make us friends of the Lord. Today, it is the devil that reigns in our human societies and in order for Christ to reign we need to work hard to succeed. God will bless us continually so we can have the desire to sacrifice material and spiritual assets. It takes patience; it takes faith; we cannot rest and say God loves us and boast day and night for what we have when all around us people live in misery. It is the will of God for us to give and take care of others in need. God does not bless the demand of our personal benefit instead He will bless the demand for the salvation of all humankind. Finally, we need to find the strength, which we will draw from the love of Christ, and fight to keep the relationship which God developed with us and us with Him. Furthermore, the Gospel of Christ and blessings of God did not fall on us from the sky but some other people who took the mission and decided to come and tell us and transmit it in our lives. We welcomed and accepted the message because we recognized the great value of God in our lives. Likewise, we shall imitate them and respect their advice in order to walk righteously in God. God does not promise to anyone who comes to Him a dowry but He invites the person to work and sacrifice. Definitely, when this person takes the decision to serve God he will be blessed hundred fold and be transformed to a chosen vessel where he will prove his love toward God and his fellowmen and he will live eternally in the centuries to come in the kingdom of love. Therefore let us carry the great mission which we have received from above and bring it forth with the power and grace of God upon us. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 21
But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake because they do not know Him who sent Me.
This ignorance will only go away when we preach the Gospel of the kingdom of God everywhere. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 22-25
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, “They hated Me without a cause”.
When the Lord came on this earth indeed He was persecuted, despised, ignored and killed. Today the Lord is not persecuted. Actually, He has become accepted. However, the Christian world has fallen into a trap. The trap is as follows; people so called Christians build temples, preach the Gospel and hold many religious events in the name of Christ, however no one wants to apply God’s will in their lives even though they boast and declare their belief. Where is the love among Christians? Nowhere!! Where is the humbleness of Christ? Today if we accidentally insult someone else we will find ourselves in the courts. Where is the sacrifice in the material world for the glory of God? It is very hard to find; scarcely. Where is this verse of the Bible been applied “From your abundance may supply their lack- that there may be equality”. So today it is true we do not hate the Lord with our mouth but regrettably we hate Him with our heart and that drives us away from God. The reason for this is because we are ignorant to the Gospel where the truth is revealed. God Himself revealed that the people honor Me with their lips but their hearts are far from Me. Please God, forbid this to happen to us.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 26
But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
The Lord here refers to the enlightened. It is by the Holy Spirit that we will be enlighten and shown the way to create the spiritual rebirth of mankind and for God to dominate and govern the lives of the people through LIFE. With the Holy Spirit, sin will be eliminated than corruption and death will end and then we will find the way to fulfill the promise of resurrection of all people who slept in the Lord and finally the second coming of Christ will take place and He will take over His reign and complete the rest. Moreover, the work of the Holy Spirit and His mission is to establish the kingdom of God within us and to reveal the way it will happen. The idea and the prevalence of the living faith will take place when we work to gain holiness. Moses worked hard with lots of pain and effort and he accomplished his mission to the end. The Lord worked hard with pain and grief and accomplished His mission. Likewise, as the Lord mentions in this verse, He (the Holy Spirit) will complete His mission with work and devotion. Also, concerning all of us, for each one of us who want to place God in our lives and want to follow the Holy Spirit we shall work hard to win the promises of God and have Him act effectively in us.
God is one but split in three entities and this is for us to be shown the unity and to understand the way God acts. Therefore God became triune. The first entity is the Father and He made His presence through Moses with signs and wonders. God created the people of Israel, the Jewish nation who until now still believe in one God, as they were taught, the one God; monotheism. They do not know yet the way God acts through His Son and through the Holy Spirit. In time, the incomplete knowledge of this nation will be elucidated. Paul the Apostle, pointed out that when the Gospel of God will be preached to the Gentiles (nations), then the Jews will recognize the Son and the Holy Spirit. Until all nations have been preached the Gospel and accepted the Word of God, the Jewish people will only believe to the Father. Besides, when the Ten Commandments are applied they reveal God. Moreover, the Lord did not come to abolish the law which was given to the Jewish nation but to fulfill it and to apply it as He did so. Furthermore, anyone who believes even in one entity of God, even without being aware of it or having the understanding of how it happens, automatically he believes and the other two entities. In conclusion, the Father appeared and acted through Moses. The second entity was born by the Holy Spirit in the pure ventricle of the Virgin Mary. God begotten a Son in flesh and His name is Emmanuel or Savior or Messiah or Lord the Christ. He was incarnated as a man in order for us to see and gain courage to imitate God and do His works. This person who we shall imitate can perform great miracles and conveys unconditional love towards friends and enemies. Therefore, we can all manage to receive His light which is the light the unapproachable and inextinguishable. The Lord stressed that what He did we also can do. By the coming of the Lord on this earth all truth and hidden wisdom of the Father was revealed to us. The word of God, the voice of God is the Gospel of Christ.
The Father symbolizes silence. The Son symbolizes the Word and the third entity; I think it is the one that the Lord mentions here in this verse. He who will put on and manifest in him the Holy Spirit and speak through the Holy Spirit, he will speak the voice of God with purity and clarity and will be the one in the final hours,( which we live in) and he will reveal to the people the way to establish the kingdom of God in the world. He, as a person will be guided by the Holy Spirit and he will build in him all the incorruptible elements. With his advice all nations and people will be guided to spiritual renaissance and to salvation, in order for death to be eliminated and for the living faith to life to prevail everywhere. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 15 VERSE 27
And you will also bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Those are the people the voice of God calls upon today; the ones that know God and are with Him and have Him in them. When we are born again (spiritually) we won’t be fanatical and try to convince the others what we believe. The people who are not of God and do not know Him, take place in verbal bickering and they become fanatical towards other faiths. But when God abides in a person then that person acts with wisdom and he hands out the holy not to the dogs but to the Sons and Daughters of God who accept it with ease because their heart is ready to accept Him. This gift is called discerning of Spirits and has beneficial and valuables qualities. I wish to all the children which belong to the voice of God to be governed by a humble spirit in order to receive this gift. The obstacle that becomes the cause for us not to obtain this gift is insolence and egoism. God please forbid for us to be under the influence of these demons. Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 1
These things I have spoken to you that you should not be made to stumble.
Temptations are inevitable and there is no way to avoid them, because there is ignorance of the will of God and also because the two important elements of purification and holiness lack from our world today. Disciples of Christ are the ones who can overcome temptations and emerge intact from any negative situation or any spiritual struggle with the knowledge that they obtain. We shall always pray and ask from our God “Do not lead us to temptation”. The Lord knew that His disciples were not ready mentally to see Him on the cross and they will also be persecuted along with Him. What is revealed on this verse is that the disciples would come to stumble and deny Jesus and flee away when the Scribes and the Pharisees arrested Jesus, with the only exception of John. But the Lord knowing their spiritual level forgave them and hugged them again. Then He blessed them by sending the Helper, the Holy Spirit, in order to strengthen them and give them the power to bring forth their grand mission. Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 2-3
They will put you out of the synagogue; yes the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.
This has already taken place and this prophecy has been fulfilled. Jesus disciples were persecuted, accused and many were killed. Today the same thing happens; those who preach the Gospel of the kingdom are persecuted and accused but not killed because today people have been spiritually regenerated and have human rights and freedom of speech to express their opinions and worship their faith in different ways. With these terms, the religious fanatics and bigots cannot express their hate and evilness to the point of killing someone who wants to practice and grow spiritually in his own terms. This freedom has been given as a right to each person from the word of God and it is accepted in our society. We shall not be afraid to practice our own faith and here I will mention two of the commandments of God “He who will practice My word and confess My name, he will be named great and “He who confess Me before others, I will also confess him before my Father in heaven.” Since humans live a few years and then die, in my opinion, since death is the future, it is better to die and work the pure rather live ten more years give or take and lose our life and soul. The Lord said “He who will lose his life for the sake of Me and the Gospel, he will gain it” and “What is if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?”
When they accuse us fairly or unfairly we shall remember the Lord and how He was accused and did not retaliate. Likewise, we shall not fight back or reciprocate.” Love your enemies, bless those who curse you” and try to help those people to become children of the Father in heaven. We cannot say that we love God and hate and want to harm the other person. Forbid this from happening.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 5-6
But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
Where is the Father in order for the Son to go? Even if we know we cannot describe the place because it is inexpressible. The Lord however, revealed that this place a human eye has not seen and a human mind has not captured the thought of what God has prepared for His loved ones. Indeed those who have known God and have invited Him in their lives, when God is absent they feel sadness. In order for God not to be absent from our lives we need to indulge in the word of God every day, devote many hours and stay steadfast in faith until the word of God acts effectively within us and takes flesh and bones. (Incarnation). Assuredly, what John the Theologian said will take place in our lives “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and saw His glory as the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth”. The same shall happen to us so there will be no sadness. Let this be done …. Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 7
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.
He, is the one send by the Father and He is governed by the Holy Spirit. His mission is; to judge the world of sin, to enhance the true righteousness in the hearts of the people of God (the righteousness of the people demands while the righteousness of God offers), and for a person to obtain the correct judgment, which begins in the house of God which is to know one self and to distinguish the good from the devil in order to increase the good and evil to disappear. I wish that we all come to meet this person when he comes and to follow him. The kingdom of God is within us and the ones in a hurry they grab it. Let’s be aware that if we do not get to know him it is impossible for the people of God to be enlightened to grow, to evolve and to understand all the hidden mysteries of God so afterwards through the living faith to fulfill the promises of God in a personal and on a general level. Let this be done….. Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 8
And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment.
He will convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. This means that His spiritual scope is global. His wisdom will be infinite and since He can judge the whole world it means that He will be governed by the omnipotence of God and nothing will be able to block His path. This way the will of the Father will be accomplished in all faithful positive minded people and the will of God will take place on earth as it is in heaven.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 9
Of sin, because they do not believe in Me.
Sin exists due to the fact that all people accept God and confess Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him. And the strength of sin is the fact that we do not want to apply the Word of God.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 12
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
The reason they could not comprehend the words of the Lord was because it was essential for time to go by so a person could be educated with the passage of time and to arrive in 2000 after Christ so that though the process of education a person can be able to understand the wisdom of God, which is increased today variously in our human societies, such as; science, arts, letters, cultures etc… The human spiritual level must reach the point of God, so a person can capture the value of love, humbleness, the peace of Christ, righteousness and finally the living faith. In the last days, science will also prove the human capabilities which are able to demolish corruption and death. When this happens, the faith that we all shall die which exists today in everyone’s mind, it will be overturned and disappear. And for all this is why the disciples could not understand and bear His words. Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 13-14
However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one and the same and their teachings do not change. That is why nothing will be added, as the Lord mentions here. Nothing more can be added because the Lord said it all and He revealed the principles and aspirations of God, the Father, towards His creation. Simply, He, the Holy Spirit will remind to the people of God what the Lord revealed. Only He can lead the people today in the truth which is purification, sanctification and eternal life. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 15
All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
Everything comes from the Father. The Father is the beginning. He shows his presence by silence. The Son is the one who enters the mind of God’s Spirit, finds and reveals the hidden values through the Word and through His presence to a person. The Holy Spirit empowers the Word, God’s voice, and creates it into action. In this manner, He shows to the people and points out through Jesus Christ,( who is the only major example), how the promises of God can take place so that we can reach the image and the icon of God through the Lord. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 16-17
A little while, and you will not see Me and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father. Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us…
Where is the Father for the Son to go? In order for someone to please God, the Father, and to get to know Him and where He is, he must apply the commandments which the Lord revealed. From what we can understand the Father has three worlds where he makes His Presence known; the material world, the natural world, the spiritual world; and within the logic, which He granted and placed in a person, to develop and increase the understanding of the value of life and the spiritual world, since it is spirit and has the power to replenish and rejuvenate everything. The Spirit is life. In order for God to be understood by us and for us to reach our true purpose (created to be the image and icon of God) He created us with material and granted us the logic, where we are able to keep the value of life and with the Holy Spirit, as the Helper, we will evolve and regenerate. So, through spiritual knowledge we perceive the glory of God, which will become our property once we comprehend it. When a person gets to know thyself then he will understand and know God within himself. If someone wants to know where the Father is, he needs first to know the Holy Spirit which will help him to get to know himself through Christ. Secondly, to get to know, through the Holy Spirit, the Son and the living Word of God and then the Son will lead this person to the Father where he will meet the third spiritual heaven which the Son went and where the Father lives. Paul the Apostle knew the third heaven because he saw a man being there and he wanted to boast because he saw God; he saw things which he could not express. For Paul to see this man means he went there himself. I wish this unto all the children of God which belong in the voice of God and to all people who love Christ and His Holy teachings. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 18-19
They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.” Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them ”Are you inquiring among your selves about what I said “A little while” and you will not see Me, and again a little while and you will see me”?
In this verse, the Lord means two things; the first is that they will lose Him; He will be crucified and buried for three days and there will be more days that they would not see Him; but they will see Him afterwards resurrected and they will receive joy and strength to continue the charitable worldly work of His Apostolic plan. The second is that after His ascension in heaven He would leave for a long time, so humanity can go through the educational training to reach the spiritual love that will enable to understand the value of the Word of God. So afterwards people can imitate themselves the examples of the Holy Gospel and to take positive steps to reach the point to revive their inner world. And also to reach the point to defeat all enemies, culminating the corruption, the old age, death and then God Christ will find fertile ground and people who will be guided by holiness, purification and eternal life. Many people think that when the Lord comes again He will come to preach. This is a wrong assumption. He came and taught once with His life. Now He will wait for the day where people will understand and adopt the Word of God. He will not come as God, nor like a teacher, but He will come to reign with the saved ones. Let this be done…. Amen. I wish to all of us to defeat the evil within us and to become like Jesus so we can be among the saved ones. Let this be done…. Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 20
Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
Jesus was absolutely certain that the disciples would cry and weep because their love would die, their joy would leave them, the all-powerful life of Christ would not exist and also, everything that they learned and believed until this time it would disappear because the disciples had not yet reached that level to comprehend the Lord’s mission and the significance of His sacrifice and the impending resurrection. But afterwards, because of the subsequent resurrection they received inexpressible joy which remained in their hearts and transformed them. This joy is transmitted until today to us also since we have access to it through the Word of God. Off course, until we reach spiritual resurrection and rejuvenate our bodies and souls, we also will have grief and joy combined until joy will prevail in our lives. The way to avoid big falls is the continuous indulgent on the Holy Gospel so that the Holy Spirit can find space to safeguard our spirit and our body. This I wish to all of us. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 21
A woman when she is in labor has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
In our society that we live in, rejuvenate Christ within us, it feels like a pregnant woman who has fear and anguish because she does not know what to expect, the experience and how it feels. But ones she gives birth and sees her child, she overcomes with joy and forgets all those negative emotions that she had. They disappear magically instantly. Likewise the person who will choose to manifest holiness in his life, he will face many adversities; but if he stays steadfast in his faith and he makes a sincere decision he will succeed. The Bible states that a lukewarm person does not please God. The sure thing is that if a person will never dare to practice is already a lost soul. Nevertheless, if we are steadfast in the Spirit, assuredly, the sorrow will be gone quickly because the Holy Spirit will manifest in us and produce spiritual antibodies with infinite powers which will ensure joy and wisdom under any circumstances. I wish this to all of the children of God. Let this be done… Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 23
And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly I say to you whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
We shall pray and implement God’s will in our lives. God does not hear sinners. God hears the just. If we cannot become saints let’s at least become just. We need to ask from God in order to receive the knowledge of those things we do not understand so we can be able to overcome them. When we apply the commandments, God hears our prayers and grants us His eternal support.” Ask and you will be given” as the Lord did and said. When we ask and do receive, our faith increases and our trust in God. Also, some people ask in the name of other people (saints), who repented and sanctify themselves and received the pleasing of God, and in their name they
receive and find grace. They use mediators to God. There have been many testimonials. God honors those who fought for His glory and the salvation of the world. Yet some people call upon the name of the Lord but do not receive. There are two cases; first one, “you ask and you do not receive because you ask for your own desires” Second; the time has not come to receive of what we ask. Our prayers shall always aim the love of God, the love for ourselves and the love for others. Perhaps the person who does not receive shall question and reflect on himself what is it that God does not grant and what is the appropriate time to receive. Let us be reminded of John and Peter in the Book of Acts; they were outside the Temple where there was a paralytic from birth there asking for money and Peter replied to him “Money, silver, nor gold I do not have to give you but in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ arise and walk. Therefore we shall ask in the name of the Christ and surely we shall receive since firstly we have ensured our unity with God through our devotion to practice His commandments. Finally, if we have good intentions we shall be confident that we will receive. Let this be done …. Amen.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 27
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
The only Godsend is the Lord and anyone who loves Him automatically loves the Father who sent Him also. The three persons of God are not divided and are not separated and whichever of the three is called upon automatically the other two is called also. If we take a look around us there are many people who call upon God without knowing Christ or the Holy Spirit and yet they receive what they ask for. God does not think as the fanatics in each doctrine think and define God and mold Him in people’s minds. Our spirit shall be free and wide because the Word of God in the Bible refers to as such; “God rains for the just and the unjust”.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 28
I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again I leave the world and go to the Father.
The Lord emerged through incarnation. He emerged from the land of divinity which is ubiquitous and entered (joint) unto the world into the land of creation of humankind for to create us perfect according to the first plan of God.” Behold Adam became one of us to know good and evil”. Christ emerged from the Father and He is guided by the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit, He presents, works and performs God’s power. This is He (Christ) who revealed the whole and complete truth, which He implemented and presented by His life, so with the truth, which was spoken for centuries through the Holy Spirit and the prophets, God appeared to us in flesh. First, God appeared in the body of Christ and later, in all the people of God. When He refers that He will go to the Father, Christ implies that He ended His mighty mission and His salvation plan of humankind and now He must leave and go to the Father to sit to the right side (pure place) until the Holy Spirit enlightens people to defeat their enemy; until the last enemy which is our own bad self; and ultimate defeat death. Since the Lord sat on the right hand of God, the Father will sent the Paraclete to manifest and reveal the mission of the Son and Word of the living God to all good intention people who will emulate Him and will reach the point that they will be governed by love, humility and finally with imperishable immortal eternal life. Therefore Jesus departs for God to continue His plan for our salvation through the Holy Spirit (Paraklete).
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 32
Indeed the hour is coming, yes has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
They will scatter because they lost their master and their spiritual level (the Lord knew) did not enable them to have the strength to continue the work of human salvation without Him. But with the activation of the Holy Spirit they would be filled with spiritual power and wisdom of God and follow the path of Christ. In all of my twenty one years of trying to get to know God and apply His will in my life, I met many people who began apply and exercise in their lives the purity and also try to spread the Word of God and I admire their repentance and effort. However scandals and temptations sometimes in our lives occur and can cast us out from the truth of the Gospel due to lack of spiritual knowledge and no training experiences. The temptations are capable to pull a person back to his own habits and worst. We need to be careful and indulge in the Word of God daily so we can be steadfast under any circumstances. And if sometimes we do not understand what is happening, let’s wait and don’t let go our mission, have patience and continue our practice and the answer will come.
CHAPTER 16 VERSE 33
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you can have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be a good cheer, I have overcome the world”
The word of God, when is studied with care and diligence, it brings peace to the soul and the body. We need to grow and mature spiritually and recon ciliate with God, with His wisdom and His power, so we can defeat the temptation of the world, the quarrel with the material world, which can create tribulation and grief because we lack the experience and we are not strong to overcome the world because we feel confused and torn. We need to train and practice the word of God in our lives so we can obtain the wisdom of God through Christ. A person who possess patience and performs the relevant practice and has come to make a sincere choice to practice the will of God, he will get to know God and this awareness will help him to succeed practicing the will of God in his life without grief. This person is capable to face the world with his words and actions and has the power to help others to repent and become spiritual children like him. Therefore, this person of God rejoices for the mature spirituality that he possess and people rejoice with him that they got to know him and they hear the wisdom of God which comes out from his lips. Others see that he is governed by God’s principles and they also want to imitate him. The Lord said “Be of good cheer, I have overcome this world” with this statement He suggests that we can also overcome the world through practice holiness, cleanliness and purity, which I wish to all children of God. Those who overcome the world are those who have character of Christ, ideal spirit and authority to regenerate the world like Jesus, Paul etc… They defeated the world because they lived by the wisdom of God in this world. I wish we can be like them. Let this be done…. Amen.