John 15:26 — John 16:4
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.
And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
"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.
Is there a specific event to which our Lord is referring in this passage? The first words here speak of ‘The Helper’, which we know refers to the Holy Spirit, which Jesus refers to as ‘the Spirit of Truth’. Is that ‘when the time comes?’ Assuredly, yes it is.
The apostle Peter talks of ‘the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God’ [1 Peter 4:17-19], that time when we have to face our Maker and submit to His judgement. Psalm 9:7-8 says ‘But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.’ Is that ‘when the time comes?’ Assuredly, yes it is.
‘the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.’ Jesus tells us openly that there will be times of persecution, pain and suffering, that we may also die for our faith, because some who do not know Him or God will believe that they are doing the right thing by God. Is that ‘when the time comes?’ Assuredly, yes it is.
When the time comes is always now; the present moment. What Jesus is saying is He is always with us, because He is ‘of The Father’, ‘begotten not created.’ David Wilkerson put this better than I, in his devotional ‘You Will Survive’…
You may feel rejected, abandoned and alone. Your faith may be weak and you think you are down for the count. Sorrow, tears, pain and emptiness may swallow you up at times. But God is still on the throne. He is still God!
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS..,
Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
WHEN THE TIME COMES — Abigail Liong and Alyssa Haijon
A HOLY COMMAND: Oswald Chambers on LOVE
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS…
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART