Jesus says farewell – Part Seven (John 14:23-24)

We’re continuing in our series through Jesus’ farewell speech in John 14-17. So far, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to those who love him and obey his teaching. The Spirit will be like Jesus – another advocate/counsellor who is God’s presence, alongside us and fighting for us. What’s more, the Spirit dwells in us…

The Spirit is the means by which God is present with us and in us

John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

This is a crucial part of the whole storyline of the Bible. Let me give you a quick overview: It starts off in the garden of Eden where humanity lived in the presence of God. Sin came, and as a result Adam and Eeve were cast out of the garden. God no longer could live with the people he had created. Throughout the OT we see God graciously dwelling among his people, in a special tent and then in his temple. But there was still a barrier – a curtain that separated the people from God’s presence in the Holy of Holies.

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