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Sermon #756 THE ONENESS OF THE TRINITY

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you (JOH 16:14-15).

The Spirit of Truth who wrote by the pen of Solomon taught that same self-sacrificial spirit taught by Christ. PRO 27:2 says, "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." You and I cannot speak of our own glory. You and I cannot boast of who we are, but other men can speak well of us. You and I would be boasting to say, Look what I have done. On the other side of that same principle, the Lord sometimes grants that another man praise us. We do not see the Lord Jesus boasting of what all He has done for His people, but we see how the Holy Spirit glorifies Him. We see how the Father will glorify Him.

The Father glorifies the Son, the Son glorifies the Father, and the Holy Spirit glorifies the Son. Take notice in PHI 2:8-11 how the Son "humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Christ does not glorify Himself. The Lord Jesus Christ taught this same principle not only by His example, but also as He said in JOH 5:30-31, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true." We can neither vindicate nor glorify our own names. Let others speak well of us.

These declarations of the Son of God as also in our text reveal the character of the coequal Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They glorify each other.

The Spirit of Truth does not speak of Himself either. JOH 16:13 says, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." This is the Trinity, the God of heaven. The Son will not speak for Himself. The Holy Spirit speaks for the Son. The Father speaks for the Son. They glorify each other, but they will not glorify themselves.

Think of the admonition this is for those who want to teach their own private interpretations of the Word of Truth. Our Saviour says, "The Spirit of Truth … will guide you into all truth," which is the written Word. We may not add our own insights or philosophies unto the written Word. PRO 30:5-6 says, "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." We may not take a portion of Scripture and say, Well, this is another time in which the word all must be taken with some reservations as though the vocabulary of the Almighty-inspiring Spirit was not sufficient to say what He wanted to say. We may not add, and we may not subtract from His Word.

The Spirit of Truth will not only tell you of things to come, but He will also help us to recall the past. When we come to a crossroad the Lord brings to our remembrance what He has told us. JOH 14:26-27 says, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." When Christ was physically with His disciples they were not spiritually mature enough to understand what He had said. Yet, when these things started happening, when the Lord Jesus came out of the grave, then they remembered. The Holy Spirit took those things that Christ had told them and brought them back to remembrance. The peace of God that we so often forget, the Holy Spirit brings to remembrance.

The glory of Christ is the central theme of the Gospel. Our text speaks concerning the future, "He shall glorify me," but the Spirit of Truth also speaks of the present glory of Christ in JOH 15:26, "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me." Christ will be glorified in this lifetime, in our hearts. It will not just happen in eternity.

Glorifying Christ is the grand object of the Spirit of Truth speaking what He hears and showing these things unto you. Our text reveals the meekness and the humble Spirit of Christ even though He is coequal with the Father. He thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The Holy Spirit will take that wonderful plan of salvation. He will show us the love of the Father. He will show us the love of the Son. He will show us how the redemptive work that has been completed by the Lord Jesus Christ is made effectual in our hearts by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. It is the work of the Trinity that brings about our salvation—chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

It is like forming a corporation. The corporation has a name. The corporation has different members. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are one essence. The word essence means incorporated in one. The church has a corporate name, however, it is the members of the church who constitute the church, and this is the way it is with the Trinity. There are three Persons, yet there is one God. God is the essence, which is the corporate body of the Trinity. The things that pertain to salvation are all the property of the Trinity. The Lord Jesus spoke of this in His intercessory prayer in JOH 17:10. "And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them."

All of this consolation that the Lord Jesus spoke to His disciples was to prepare them for His absence in the flesh as we see in JOH 16:16. "A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father." He is telling them that we have a little while in this wilderness journey that we do not see Him, except by faith. He is preparing them for the difficulties that lay ahead, and the flesh is going to be crucified. No flesh and blood will enter heaven. Our covetousness, our pride, anything of the flesh will be mortified. He is telling them that there will be a time element. There will be a weaning process.

So the departure of their Lord in the flesh was cause for great concern because they were walking by sight, which is what we do by nature. We see things coming against us, and all of our plans and expectations seem to crumble.

JOH 16:19-20 says, "Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? 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."

There will be a time of sorrow and weeping, where it will seem that the world has gained the victory over us. Sometimes we learn to know what it is for the Lord to send deliverance, and all of the sorrow that we have been struggling with He uses to bring about the deliverance that He had in store. Jesus does not give them to see the end from the beginning. He does not give them to understand His plan, because He wants us to walk by faith. The Holy Spirit instills in us that leadership and that guiding character of teaching us to walk by faith, and for this are going to have everything seemingly go contrary to what we would have expected. We can have it all figured out and think we know exactly how it will happen, and we find out that it goes exactly opposite to what we expected. Then everything we had figured out has gone by the wayside. Then we wait upon the Lord as the only way out, and our sorrow is turned into joy, not only in temporal things but in spiritual things.

Even though their Lord had forewarned them of His departure, it is clear His disciples had not understood Him. JOH 13:31-33 says, "Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." He is preparing them to realize that all of their vain expectations, and this empire that they had built in their imaginations for this life is empty and vain. This is what you and I will find as we go through our lives. We can make all the plans we want to, and we can have it all figured out, but the Lord has His plan, and His plan goes contrary to our plan. In the end He will have all the glory in every struggle He brings us through in this life, because He will bring it about in a way that you and I had never expected.

One time years ago the Lord gave me a promise. For twenty years I thought this would happen or I thought that would happen. Twenty years later the Lord used a passage of Scripture to bring to my attention that He had just fulfilled that promise and I had not even recognized it. It was absolutely contrary to anything that I had thought. This is often what I think when people try to figure out prophecies. Everything we have figured out is not going to happen, because the Lord leads us in a way that we have not known, and He wants us to quit walking by sight and thinking we have it all figured out. He will be glorified in His own work.

In just a few hours when the Lord Jesus was arrested in the Garden, His disciples lost sight of Him both physically and then spiritually. They were in a state of despair. Their faith was in an eclipse. None of what they had believed was happening. All that they could see was that He was going to the cross. Their whole kingdom was gone. We need to understand that as the Lord leads us all these things that we have figured out we must put on the back burner. We must stop trying to walk by sight. The Spirit will lead. He will glorify Christ, and He will bring us into the footsteps of Christ, and that is a path that we do not know by nature.

LUK 24:19-21 says, "And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done." Jesus had risen from the dead. He had shown Himself to the women, and they did not believe it. As we try to hang on to walking by sight, so often the Lord Jesus is speaking to us, and we do not recognize it. His disciples were at their wits end. They were not able to believe, and they did not realize that they were talking to the Lord Jesus.

JOH 16:12 says, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." They were not able to receive because the things that He had told them they could not believe. Bear means to lay hold of. This walking by sight had to be cut off, then He could talk to them about walking by faith. When the Lord brings us to the point where we have only one place left, that we can only walk by faith, then we can start grasping by faith what the Lord tells us in His Word.

Peter was still so strong in the flesh that he could not take hold of or grasp the truth of what Jesus had told them about His departure. It was not until the flesh was crucified that they started reasoning in a spiritual sense. This time of the eclipse of their faith was not to be permanent, but He brought them there to show them that everything outside of Christ was completely empty. Everything of the flesh, everything of walking by sight had to be cut off, and then they started to see things in a spiritual light, and they started walking by faith. Then the Lord revealed Himself unto them in the breaking of bread.

It was expedient for Him to go away. They did not understand that they would see Him again. When they saw Him on the cross and in the grave it seemed impossible. That is how it must become for us. It must become impossible by sight before we will ever walk by faith. Even as the Lord Jesus was breaking through death into life for His church, so His disciples were learning the blessed exchange of joy for sorrow. Their sorrow was turned into joy.

JOH 16:20-22 says, "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. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." When a woman goes into travail, she will either deliver the child or she will die. There is no escape, and this is where the Lord brings us spiritually. Then we see deliverance and put the sorrow behind.

The Lord leads us in circumstances in this life, sickness, financial problems, strife, to bring us into those spiritual travails. These circumstances in our temporal life give us the spiritual travail that brings us to spiritual deliverance and the learning of a spiritual lesson. When people have come against me it brought me to a place where my face was on the floor before the Lord, and He answered me, I came not to send peace but a sword. Then I could see that they were only instruments in the Lord’s hand, in bringing His purpose in my life, that He was chopping that tree down. Then everything took a completely different turn. I saw it in a completely different light, and that brought a blessed spiritual deliverance. The deliverances the Lord gives us in temporal things are what He gives us to strengthen our faith for our spiritual deliverances as well. They all work together.

Even though our Saviour had so faithfully instructed His disciples in these precious truths, they were not able to bear them now, but by the gift of the Spirit of Truth they could at a later time. In ACT 2 we read that the disciples told the Jews that God had preordained that Christ would suffer these things and how that He should be raised from the dead. The Holy Spirit was guiding them, and their eyes were no longer on a temporal kingdom.

LUK 24:6-8 says, "He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words." The Holy Spirit called to remembrance Christ’s words.

When our Lord told His disciples that He would go again unto the Father it was a seeming paradox. There was no place in their theology for Him to be anything but an established King over Israel to deliver them from the Romans. They had been brought up in the Jews’ religion. The Jews had pictured a temporal kingdom with a Messiah who would come and reign and deliver them from the Romans. In ACT 1:6-9 we see that they still did not understand. "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." While He was answering their question, He was taken up from them. Their theology was firmly instilled in them. Even after Christ was raised from the dead, they did not understand His first coming.

Then on the day of Pentecost, after He had gone, their theology got straightened out. Then they could take what they had been taught all their lives and start to understand the Scriptures as they were written by the Spirit of Truth. If Jesus had stayed on earth and had not gone away, the whole church would be walking by sight and not by faith. Their theology had to be changed for Him to be anything but an established king over Israel to deliver them from the Romans.

JOH 12:31-34 says, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?" Their theology, their understanding of the Scriptures, was such a stumbling block to them. Then the Holy Spirit came and opened their understanding and delivered them from their traditions.

If they had properly searched the Scriptures they should have found as Jesus said, "They are they which testify of me." PSA 68:18 says, "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them." It was prophesied that He would ascend into heaven, that He would not be forever on this earth.

PSA 110:1 says, "The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." The prophets had prophesied that He would not be here forever, but their theology was that He would be here forever. They had given up everything to follow this Jesus of Nazareth, and there He was in the grave. Everything they had ever dreamed of was totally shattered. We need to put away everything that is not by the Spirit of Truth, everything that is not in the written Word and believe what the Lord Jesus says.

Their sorrow was not only genuine, but grievous. When Mary Magdalene came to announce the Saviour’s triumph over the grave they did not believe her. MAR 16:10-11 says, "And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not." The deliverance was such that it was beyond comprehension, and they deprived themselves of the joy that He had promised them. Sometimes when the Lord delivers us it takes us a while before we believe it.

LUK 24:15-17 says, "And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?"

How shall we identify with the Man of Sorrows until we gain a little knowledge of what the Apostle Paul wrote in PHI 3:10, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." We must learn that the Holy Spirit by grace gives us that we start to learn what it is to know the power of His resurrection, that He has raised us from all of these vain imaginations and given us that our eye of faith is fixed on Christ. As long as we walk by sight we will sorrow and not know where the answer is. They suffered with Him even though they were not with Him on the cross, but when He came and stood in their midst their sorrow was turned into joy.

What a blessed promise our Saviour left with His church in a dying hour. We have many griefs and sorrows in this life, but we are promised that our sorrow shall be turned to joy. We bring many sorrows on ourselves because we cannot grasp the promises that He has already given us. Just like the men on the road to Emmaus, we do not have the faith to grasp what He has promised, and we walk in sorrow when we should be rejoicing.

This principle was not only taught for that short time element, but it is our consolation in our time, that our sorrow shall be turned into joy. The joy so overwhelms the sorrow that we remember the sorrow no more. Can we grasp that when we see the tribulation we have in this world? If we do, we will understand what the Lord Jesus said, "My peace I leave with you." We have peace even though the circumstances are against the flesh.

In this life we shall have much sorrow, but our consolation is that Christ’s death and resurrection has overcome all this sorrow. ROM 8:36-39 says, "As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us [Christ is glorified as the Spirit of Truth reveals that blessed bleeding, dying love of Christ]. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

This shows what we can expect in this life. We must take up our cross and follow Christ and surrender ourselves to the will of God and accept that this is what He brought. We have to live in this world, and we cannot live a life that separates us from Christ. We cannot live a life where we are attracted by the tinsels of this world, and allow that to separate us from the love of Christ.

The Spirit of Truth is sent by the Father and the Son to reveal this precious victory Christ has gained for us.


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