Jn.14:18-20 – I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. After a little while, the world no longer is going to see Me, but you are going to see Me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I in you.

It is impossible for the natural person to understand the blessings of the kingdom of God. Jesus shared this truth about the coming of the Holy Spirit and the new life the followers of Jesus were about to receive and enjoy just a few short hours before He was arrested. All the disciples could think about was how great the last three years had been and how horrible it would be after Jesus left. They had no idea how magnificent the promise Jesus was giving them could be. He was promising them an intimacy with the Father like the one He had enjoyed from eternity. He was also promising them that they would begin to experience this life because He was returning to His Father. This is the same good news we are offering when we preach Christ to the lost today. The only way the lost can even begin to understand the greatness of this promise is if the Holy Spirit begins to open their eyes. Here is how John Trappe describes this passage. Pay close attention to his final comment.

“The spiritual person has the mind of Christ, and those things are revealed to them that the natural eye never saw, carnal ear never heard, nor have the things that God prepared for those who love Him entered into the heart of the person; neither prepared only, but also imparted to His people beforehand, even in this life. For He does not reserve all for the life to come, but gives a grape of Canaan in the wilderness, such as the world has never tasted.”

There is a sweetness in this new life in Christ that can never be matched by anything in this world. When the Holy Spirit first fell on me I was shocked at how real and sweet the things of do became to me. No human words could have ever communicated that sweetness to me. I had to eat one of those grapes from Canaan for myself.

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