«BY JEFF SCOTT KENNEDY 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION -1 JESUS IS MISUNDERSTOOD BY HIS OPPONENTS1 JESUS IS MISUNDERSTOOD BY HIS FOLLOWERS3 JESUS ...»
It is critical to our understanding of these events that the promise of sending the Holy Spirit was not merely a “patch” for their propensity to misinterpret Jesus. The Spirit is the eschatological gift of the Father for inner re-birth and transformation (John 3) so that the believer may offer true and spiritual worship to the Father (4:23-25).
Therefore, the result of this inner transformation was that the disciples would have a more complete comprehension of the purpose, person, mission and message of Jesus.
Sending to them the Spirit of Truth would have a curative effect on their failure to grasp Jesus’ meaning.
It is also crucial for us to grasp the uniqueness of the disciples’ change in perspective. Though it is true that our own understanding of Christ’s teaching is aided and assisted by the illuminating presence of the Spirit of Truth, this should enhance rather than take the place of practicing solid exegesis and honing our hermeneutical skills.49 So then, as we seek to untangle various aspects of the promise regarding the Paraclete, we must keep in mind that there are discontinuous aspects of these events in our own pursuit of understanding.50 In going from a state of misunderstanding to understanding, the disciples faced a situation that was particular to their experience. Every strata of society found some way of misreading Jesus’ message and his mission. But to those who loved him and obeyed his commands, who faithfully followed his way and deferred their
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