George Walker - Colorado Springs, Colorado - December 5, 1956

I thought of speaking a little from some of the things Jesus mentioned in the last meeting He was in with His disciples.  It has been very helpful to me to let my mind dwell often on the last night Jesus was with the disciples.  It was a dark night for the disciples, and a dark time for Jesus, as well.  There is much strife and confusion in the religious world as well today.  Even God’s children are subjected to many things to test them.  This world has never been a safe place for God’s people.  Jesus is praying the same for us tonight, as He prayed for those disciples.  He is praying that we might be kept from the evil.

 

When I was young in God’s way, I did not have the right appreciation for these disciples.  I had the feeling I would have done better than Peter, and the others who forsook Him and fled.  Now I see it differently.  They had not fully understood what it was going to mean to follow Jesus.  They had followed on with Him through years or so, but now they could not understand what Jesus was saying to them.  He was going to die, but they could not understand it.

 

A very natural thing for them to feel He was a deceiver.  What was it that held those men and women?  For a little while, they were shaken and upset.  Those men and women, through the words He had spoken to them, their soul’s deep need was filled.  This is what held them.  Peter expressed it better than I could, “Lord to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”  When honest hearted people come in contact with Jesus, they cannot be shaken loose from it.  “The gates of hell cannot prevail against it.”  The devil will make terrible attempts to shake it.

 

There are five chapters here in connection with the meeting Jesus had with His disciples.  A long text, you might say.  They mean a lot more to me now than when I first when out in the Harvest Field.  Think of Jesus in the closing hours of His life.  Words of advice spoken to His disciples and words spoken to His Father.  As we take them right along, we can see the truth of what Jesus was expressing at that time.

 

John 13, in the upper room.  Jesus knew that his hour was come that He should depart out of the world unto the Father having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them to the end.  The feast of the Passover was coming.  Jesus knew that His hour was coming.  Verse 3, Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into His hands.  He knew that He came from God and was going back to God.  The greatest of all knowledge is this kind of knowledge.  The kind that Jesus had.  He knew that He came from God and was going back to God.

 

How much money would people pay to know that they were going to God?  One of our friends was working for the family of rich people.  This man liked our friend, because he was making the business pay, no doubt; and the wealthy man often visited and talked with our friend.  One time he said to him, “I had a dream the other night and dreamt that I was dead.  I got up to the pearly gates and I got no welcome there.  I was waved on past them.  I could see in the distance and what I could see was terrible.He was shedding bitter tears as he told that story to our friend.  He said, “I know it was only a dream, but I know the next time it will not be a dream.  All the things in this world are no attraction to me.”  The next time I visited our friend, he told us that this wealthy man had died.

 

If we measure life by eternity think of how much better it will be.  We sometimes dwell on the sufferings of the cross.  The joy of that was set before Him enabled Him to endure the cross.  If we knew what is ahead of us and what is at the end, it would help us to suffer.

 

As I listened to that man telling the story, it caused me to see the need of looking into life in such a way that we would not come to the end of it with uncertainty.

 

The people in the world cannot say, “I know.”  They resent seeing us do this.  Jesus knew God had put all things into His hands.  15th chapter emphasized the cleansing.  14th chapter would speak of the chapter that tells us, “We are God’s to dwell in.”  I have heard this chapter spoken of in funerals, “I go to prepare a place for you.”  This is not what Jesus meant.  The place that you and I have has been prepared from the foundation of the world.  Jesus Himself had been a mansion for God.  God worked through Him.  “As the Father has lived in Me, so will I live in you.”  “Greater works than these will ye do, because I go to the Father.”  He had reached a few people, but they would reach many people.  He was telling them of the one who would come and take His place.  Very conscious of their helplessness and weakness.  The Comforter and others would be more to them than He had been. 

 

Every servant of God is greatly concerned about those they labor for.  Paul knew what the people at Ephesus would be exposed to as he left them.  Jesus had concern, too.  He loved them and they loved Him.  The joy He had in His heart as He thought of it was this, "Another would come that would be more to them than He had been," the Comforter.

 

I have received the most help by reading these verses in these three chapters and putting them all together.  Chapters 14 - 16, we read of the Holy Spirit as being  a witness.  It will leads us into all Truth.  Helpful for me to think of the part that the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit have in our salvation.  We have this three-fold One that is working for our salvation.  We think of Jesus as we hear of Him mentioned in the Gospel Meetings.  He lived, He died, He was resurrected from the dead.  We think of the three things that Jesus does for us.  He lived to give us the example.  He died to pay the debt we could not pay, and He intercedes at God’s right hand for us.

 

In our unsaved days, it was the Holy Spirit that was pleading for us.  All that we can say can do nothing to make people feel their need.  As we go forth and preach Jesus and live Jesus, the Holy Spirit is bearing witness.  The Holy Spirit was working even before we met Servants of God.  God’s Holy Spirit is working and we are working together.  The two are working together.  We may not feel capable, but if the Holy Spirit is with us, there is power.  If the Holy Spirit has softened us, then the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.  The true love of God comes when the Holy Spirit is shed abroad in our lives.  Learn how to let the Holy Spirit control.  As we learn of God’s way, we learn it is us letting the Holy Spirit guide us that is going to make us successful.

 

We can blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.  The one sin that can never be forgiven.  Some people ask us about that, fearing they have committed this sin.  Those who have this fear have not committed this sin.  The ones who sinned against the Holy Spirit were sure they were right.  Refusing to believe in Jesus, is the sin of sinning against the Holy Spirit.

 

We can also resist the Holy Spirit.  When we read the contest to that, the feeling we have toward our brothers and sisters can grieve the Holy Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us and we let in envy, jealousy, pride, stubbornness, etc, it is a sure way to grieve the Holy Spirit.

 

Then remember it says, “Quench not the spirit.”  Do not put water on the fire.  “The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance the words I have told you.”  I have been in a human body and could only be one place at a time, but now the Holy Spirit can bring to your remembrance what I have told you, and meet your needs daily.  When things look dark, think on this.

 

When the war was on and so many of our friends were cut off, one day I was thinking of that, and these words came into my mind.  “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.”  The Holy Spirit can lead and guide those who are cut off from fellowship with others.

 

17th chapter, a place where Jesus spoke to His Father.  Might be called a prayer.  A good deal of Jesus requests were for His disciples.  He is giving in the report of His life’s work to His Father.  Previous chapter He had been talking to His disciples.  These things he could say of Himself, “I have done.”  He had done what the Father had given Him to do.  Fourth verse, “I have glorified Thee on the earth; I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.”  None of us could say this in the fullest extent.  A wonderful thing to have this ambition in our hearts.  “I have finished the work that Thou gavest Me to do.  I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them, and have known surely that I have come out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.”  In these words, we have two things that the disciples did and one thing that Jesus did.  “I have manifested Thy name.”  Some think the preaching of the Gospel is only words.  Some try to prove they hear the voice of God over the radio, some think it is written on tracts.  Paul did not think that, “It came not in words only, but in power.”  The manifestation of the life of the preacher gave the words weight.  He could say, “Two things give me confidence about your salvation.”  When we preached unto you, the words were not in words only.  Words and power together.  The way we lived amongst you speaks of power of God.  The manifestation of Christ is what put power into our lives.  Jesus said, “I manifested.”  The world needs to know a demonstration.

 

I once had to lay in a hospital on Sunday morning.  Another man in the room with me, and he was a Catholic man, and he tuned in to all the preachers in that city.  That is, samples of them,  a number of denominations in that city.  I remember lying in that bed that morning and the thought came to me, “We may not be able to present the case as well as they, but we have something more effective than that.”

 

When I first went out to preach, I was only out a few weeks when I got a bit of discouragement.  It seeded no one was coming to the meetings, etc.  A man said to me, “You have got the rarest thing in this world, and that is love.”  Love for God, love for souls.  Honest hearts are seeking for what is real.  Jesus could say, “The words that I have come from God.”

 

Then we read of what He desired the Father to do for them in the world.  Chapter 17:15, “I pray not that Thou should take them out of the world but that Thou shouldst keep them from the evil.”  God does not want us to be taken out of the world but Jesus said, “Give them something that will keep them from the evil that is in the world.”  We might think we could live holy lives if we shut ourselves away from evil.  We would still have our worst enemies, ourselves and the devil.

 

The difference between clean fish and unclean is the clean have something that enables them to swim through the water and the water will not come in on them.  The unclean fish do not have it.  “I do not pray for the world.  I can ask this for the disciples but not for the world."  Jesus is greatly interested in the world also, but He could not ask for them what He asked for the disciples.  It is only for those who have received Him.  We can be kept from the evil while we live in the world.  He wants that we be kept as One, even as He and the Father are one.  The surest was we can be one is that both of us are exercised to be one with the Father and with the Son.

In the world today, they are trying to join denominations, but not trying to do what Jesus taught.  Only one way that we can be brought into true harmony with each other and that is that both of us be brought into harmony with Him.

 

These are a few of the thought I have enjoyed.