Answers for the Gospel of John Chapter 14

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DAY ONE
Questions and Answers


1. Why did Jesus say “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” What was bothering the disciples?

Jesus was saying I am going away and you cannot follow now. Even though Jesus was telling them they would follow him, they did not understand where it was they were to go or how they would get there.

2. List 3 things Jesus told his disciples so as to calm their troubled hearts. Here are 6:

  1. Trust in God
  2. Trust also in me
  3. In my Father's house are many rooms
  4. I am going there to prepare a place for you
  5. I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am
  6. You know the way to the place where I am going

3. What was Thomas’ fear?

That he would not be able to be with the Lord


DAY TWO
Questions and Answers


1. In Chapter 14, verse 6 Jesus says "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

What does this statement say for the major religions of the world such as Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Animism, and Hinduism that do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world?

That they are not the way, they are false, not true and that they have no life

2. What are 3 spiritual truths Jesus provides in Chapter 14, verses 9 through 11?

1. Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father
2. I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me
3. The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

3. In Chapter 14, verse 12 Jesus uses the phrase “verily, verily”

Where else in the Bible (KJV) do we see this phrase used?

This phrase only occurs in the Gospel of John. It occurs 25 times. Here are the verses:

  • And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. John 1:51
  • Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
  • Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5
  • Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. John 3:11
  • Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. John 5:19
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. John 5:25
  • Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. John 6:26
  • Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. John 6:32
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47
  • Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53
  • Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John 8:34
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. John 8:51
  • Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. John 10:1
  • Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:7
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. John 13:16
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. John 13:20
  • When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. John 13:21
  • Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice. John 13:38
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. John 16:20
  • And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. John 16:23
  • Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. John 21:18


DAY THREE
Questions and Answers


1. What do you think Jesus meant when he stated in verse 12 that“…anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these”?

Specifically, how has this truth been manifested in the world?

Not greater in quality but greater in quantity. . . e.g. millions of Gentiles have been preached to and saved. . . Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel, we his disciples are to bring him to the world. See 1 Tim 2:3-4

2. How many times do you think Jesus state that he will come back to see the disciples. Cite the verses.

1. “. . .I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (verse 3).

2. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (verse 18).

3. “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me (verse 19).

4. “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." (verse 21).

5. "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.'” (verse 28).

Note that Jesus will not return by himself - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth (verse 16 and 17).

3. Three times Jesus states in this chapter that “…if you love me you will keep my commandments”.

What were the commandments of Jesus?

Matt 22:36-40
36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

John 13:34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.


DAY FOUR
Questions and Answers


1. What are 2 of the benefits provided in Chapter 14, verses 21 through 23 for loving Jesus and keeping his commandments?

Here are 4:

1. He will be loved by the Father
2. Jesus will love him
3. Jesus will show himself to him
4. The Father and Jesus will make their home with him

21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."

23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

2. In this chapter of John there are several truths provided by Jesus that use the framework of a conditional statement.

For example, “If you love me you will obey what I command” in Chapter 14, verse 15.

There are at least five others in Chapter 14, list two.

Here are 5:

  1. Verse 2 - if it were not so, I would have told you.
  2. Verse 3 - And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
  3. Verse 7 - If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.
  4. Verse 23 - Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.
  5. Verse 28 - "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

3. What did Jesus imply or state in his answer to the question Judas asked him “…why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"

Do not second guess my actions, obey my teachings.

That it was not the Father’s will for him to show himself to the world.

Don’t worry be happy, the Comforter is coming, you will understand.


DAY FIVE
Questions and Answers


1. What were the 2 things the Holy Spirit was promised to do for the disciples?

1. Holy Spirit will teach them all things
2. Holy Spirit will remind them of everything Jesus said to them

26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

2. Why were these 2 promises associated with the Holy Spirit so important?

Because Jesus was leaving and they would have no teacher but with the Holy Spirit they would have a teacher who would teach them all things.

This was especially important for them because Jesus was going to die and they were about to become very confused.

Many traditions and teachings associated with the past would fall away and an entirely new and more wonderful tradition and doctrine was to be taught (salvation by grace, salvation of mankind).

Because the Holy Spirit was to remind them of all Jesus taught them, they would lose not a word of what Jesus spoke to them and were able to combine that with the new teachings of the Holy Spirit.

This complete understanding of God and his plan facilitated the creation of the Bible as the Word of God.

3. The disciples must have really enjoyed their fellowship with Jesus and were obviously very troubled at his talk of leaving them.

Yet, he comforts them with many truths and promises that should have comforted them.

Summarize the picture of their future that Jesus prophesied for them – what was going to happen after Jesus left them?

  • Jesus was going to come back (vss 3, 18, 21, 28)
  • They would be where Jesus was; Jesus and The Father would make their home with them (vss 3, 23)
  • They would do greater things that Jesus did (vs 12)
  • They would know the Father; in fact - Jesus was going to be in them and they were going to be in Jesus (vss 7, 20)
  • They could ask anything in Jesus name and he would do it (vss 13,14)
  • They would receive a counselor or comforter who would be with them forever; in fact - The Holy Spirit would teach them all things and remind them of all Jesus said (vss 16, 17, 26)
  • They would live because Jesus lived(vs 19)


DAY SIX
Questions and Answers


1. Who is the prince of this world mentioned in Chpater 14, verse 30 and why do you think Jesus said “He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”?

The devil

So that the disciples would understand (perhaps later) that Jesus was doing the Father’s will in submitting himself to the seemingly ill-fated plans of the devil

2. How is our situation today like that of the disciples in the upper room?

How is it different?

What comfort can we also take from Jesus’ exhortation to them?

We are just like them in our lack of faith, our lack of understanding at times, but we are able to understand so much more because we have the Bible and Holy Spirit.

Today we can claim so many of the promises that Jesus gave them that they did not then understand.

We will all see Jesus return.





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