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John 15, 16

 

When Jesus finished the things He talked about in John 15, He concluded with this, “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.”  After everything He said in John 16, He concluded this way, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.”  

 

In the combination of the two things He told them and in light of the fact that He was getting ready to go away, He gives them the key to the life He lived while He was with them, so that they would be able to live the same after He was gone.  

 

In 15, it is all about abiding, remaining, or staying connected to Him.  This staying connected is the key to our not going astray.  The going astray is not so much the dark paths of sin, but subtle deception that will lead us away from the truth.  As we stay connected, we are maintaining the channel through which truth can flow.

 

So important for them to live the life He lived is this connection to the truth.  So important to Him that they have it, in 16 He tells them of the Counselor—the Spirit of truth—that He will send to guide them in it. 

 

Critical that we stay connected to establish that steady flow of truth.  If we do, we will have peace.  If we don’t, “In the world you will have trouble.”  “But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  As our enemy tries to sway us with lies, the truth overcomes it.

 

Paul puts it this way; “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

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