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Daily Reading: 10th October 2015

John 16.25 cont.

25 I have spoken these things to you in story form. The time comes when I will no longer speak to you in story form, but I will announce the Father to you plainly.

There comes a time when word pictures are either insufficient, or no longer required. A word picture will be appropriate for a novice driver to help them understand the need to operate the clutch slowly. However, when teaching an advanced, experienced driver, a word picture would be inappropriate.

Jesus tells His disciples that the time is coming when He will talk to them about the Father in plain language.

When was that time?

Perhaps it was the time immediately after His resurrection, before He ascended into Heaven. We know that during this time He met with His disciples and taught them many things. We appear not to have a record of these things, but we can realistically believe that they form the foundation of the letters of New Testament.

We might also presume that Jesus would have taught the disciples plainly about the Father before He had ascended into Heaven. This would have continued through the presence of the Holy Spirit, poured out upon them on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus was with them in the presence of the Holy Spirit, as He is also with us.

The writer to the Hebrews plainly tells us that we have access to the Father:

[19] And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.

[20] This is the new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us through the sacred curtain, by means of His death for us

[21] And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s people,

[22] let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting Him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water – Hebrews 10.19-22 (NLT).

As we fellowship with the Holy Spirit, Jesus will plainly communicate with us to tell us more about our Heavenly Father.

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