It’s who you know…

John 16:1-11

 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.  But these things I have told you, that when the  time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.

“And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

 “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.  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. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

 This we have been told to keep us in the way Jesus has shown us.  The opposition we face will not drive us away from our knowledge of Him.  It will not cause us to follow another line of thinking.  It will not be a hindrance to the work of the kingdom; in fact this will bring conviction upon the opposition, they will stand judged, of sin; because they do not know the Lord God, they do not know Jesus.  We are told from the start  so we are not surprised when we experience the opposition, we have been prepared for it.  We have received the gift of the message and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus repeats that the cause for the opposition is due to the lack of knowing God.  They knew and now know history, they knew and now know tradition; they did not and do not now know God.  We do.

It is in who you know…

Cold shivers,

Hate quivers,

Rage slams,

Meanness damns

 

Knowing warms,

Loving charms,

Joy inspires,

Sweetness  aspires

                         – gracie hill

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