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John 14:15-21 KJV
“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
When we sing Victory in Jesus we always think (and rightly so) about our salvation and it’s eternal implications. However, today’s reading also implies that here are other parts to this victory as well. God provides special “perks” to the saved in these mortal bodies as well. Jesus recognized our Earthly needs as well. So, as He was the Comforter to His Early Church, He recognized the need for this role when the mission of His first advent was complete. Thus, He promised to send a new Comforter to comfort His people as well to empower His Church. The Holy Spirit, thus was assigned another duty, Comforter.
Most of the remainder of the reading describes a relationship which is simple, yet complex. Having a mathematical mind, I tried to draw a Venn diagram (a tool from set theory) to describe who is in who, but quickly gave up, understanding that only a Devine mind could fully comprehend this “simple complexity”. The exercise did give some good insight into the Trinity, but that’s another story.
It seems that what Jesus is saying that He is in His Father (the Trinity is one), we are in Jesus (spirituality), and He is in us (reference to the Holy Spirit)?
The final verse is somewhat easier: if we love Jesus, then the Father will love us, and Jesus will love us and Jesus will (spirituality at least) appear to us.