I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
– John 16:12-13
Thoughts on Today’s Bible Verse:
We can see clearly from the words of thethat He did not express all the truths and that He would tell us many truths when He came again, for we did not have the stature to bear them. We all know that in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus just expressed the truths that redeem mankind, spread the way of repentance, and pointed out the way of practice to repent, so that man could have their sins remitted and enjoy boundless blessings and truths from God. Though our sins have been forgiven by God, we still commit sins in spite of ourselves, thus living in a cycle of sinning and confessing, and we haven’t left our evil sins or been cleansed. God’s kingdom is holy and those who still commit sins are definitely not permitted to enter into His kingdom. However, we don’t have the way of practice to break free from evils to achieve purification. That is because there are still many truths we don’t understand. We have to wait for the arrival of the Spirit of truth—the second coming of the Lord Jesus in —to express the full truth we require to be saved, allowing us to understand all the truths, for example, how God saves man from the bondage of sins and have man cleansed, how God destroys Satan, how He brings forth the end of the age, how He determines each type of person’s ending, how He arranges mankind’s destination, and what is the right path of life. Just as God says, “You will come to understand both the work done by Jesus, and the work of God today; you will understand and behold all of the truth, the life, and the way. In the stage of work done by Jesus, why did Jesus depart without concluding God’s work? Because the stage of Jesus’ work was not the work of conclusion. When He was nailed to the cross, the words that He had spoken also came to an end; after His crucifixion, His work completely finished. The current stage is different: Only after the words are spoken to the end and God’s entire work is concluded will His work have finished. During Jesus’ stage of work, there were many words that remained unsaid, or which were not fully articulated. Yet Jesus cared not what He did or did not say, for His ministry was not a ministry of words, and so after He was nailed to the cross He departed. That stage of work was chiefly for the sake of the crucifixion, and is unlike the stage today. This stage of work is principally for the sake of completion, of clearing up, and of bringing all work to a conclusion. If the words are not spoken to their very end, there will be no way of concluding this work, for in this stage of work all work is brought to an end and accomplished using words. At the time, Jesus did much work that was incomprehensible to man. He departed quietly, and today there are still many who do not understand His words, whose understanding is erroneous yet still believed by them to be correct, who do not know that they are wrong. In the end, this current stage will bring God’s work to a complete end, and will provide its conclusion. All will come to understand and know of God’s management plan. The conceptions within man, his intentions, his erroneous understanding, his conceptions toward the work of Jehovah and Jesus, his views about the Gentiles, and all his deviation and errors will be corrected. And man will understand all the right paths of life, and all the work done by God, and the entire truth. When that happens, this stage of work will come to an end.”
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