The Spirit of Truth

Read: John 16:5-15

  1. In verse 6, Jesus suspects that the disciples are filled with grief because of what He has just spoken. Recount what Jesus has said that would make the disciples grieve.

    1. Do you believe that the disciples really had a" good handle" on what Jesus has said during this discourse up to this time?

    2. If not, why did Jesus state that their hearts were filled with grief?

  2. What does Jesus mean in John 16:10 when he states that the Counselor will convict the world of guilt "in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer"?

  3. In John 14:17, Jesus speaks of the Counselor, the Spirit of truth. Here he elaborates on that thought by stating that the Spirit will guide "you into all truth". Pilate will soon ask the question" "What is truth?" (John 18:38; see also John 8:32, 1 John 4:6 ).  Truth is quintessential for the Christian church, and is the essence of what Satan is determined to destroy. Because of this attack on truth and our tendency to be blinded to this attack, the church of Jesus Christ has lost relevancy in our culture.

    1. Elaborate on this theme -- what do you say to this?

    2. As a secondary consideration, how does one know that one is walking in the truth?

    3. How do you know that you are walking in the truth?

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