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1. Turn with me in your Bibles to John 15:26-16:4.

2. From Death to Life. V1-6.

A. We have to realize that the Book of Romans is kind of a commentary to those
In Rome both Jewish and Roman, Greek, etc.

1. So we have the same kind of tension going on here. (That had been going
On between the Jews and the Greeks along with the Romans and it had
To do with the Law of Moses and other Law)

a. Look at Acts 15:1. (Men from Judea came down and begin to teach that
unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved, and this is where the
discussion of the Law comes in to place)

b. This discussion actually takes a different turn. (It really comes down to
how we are saved and goes back to Gen. 15:2-6, if you will look at verse
6 you will see that Abraham put His faith in Yahweh and because he
Did he was considered as righteous before Yahweh, so the Law of
Salvation tells us that it is when we part our faith in Yahshua we are
Saved and circumcision is a sign of the covenant Yahweh made with
Abraham Gen. 17:1-11)

c. Turn to Acts 15:6-21. (In this passage Peter stood up and gave testimony
that the way Yahshua or we should say the Holy Spirit was dealing with
the Gentiles was the say way that Yahshua dealt with them, so the
conclusion of the counsel was that they would not more cause more
difficulties in the lives at that time, and they would be able to hear
The Law read in the synagogues every Sabbath)

d. So when Paul says. (That is speaking to those that are under law he is
to both the Jew and the Roman who were under the laws of Rome and
he is about to talk to them about certain aspects of the Law and the way
to live the Law)

e. Paul points to the fact. (That as long as someone lives that someone will
under the law, the words in my version is “authority over them” and
the KJV says “dominion over them” the word in GK means to exercise
lordship over you)

f. So you have to ask yourself. (Is Paul teaching that the Law is bad and we
need to be free from it? Not at all , look at verse 2 of Rom. 7 it talks
about a women that is married to a husband and that she is not free to
leave her husband and be bound to another, that she is not free unless
the husband dies then she is free)

g. Look at Gen. 2:24-25. (They become one flesh and they are to bond or to
cleave to means to fasten together to stick to, Look at Matt. 19:4-8 this
is what Yahshua says about marriage and so Paul is using this aspect of
of the law, look at verse 3 but if her husband dies she is free from “that”
law or that aspect of the law)

h. So what law is Paul discussing? (Look at Rom. 8:1-2, notice there is a law
of life and a law of death the law of life is through our Messiah by the
Holy Spirit and that law has set you free from the aw of sin and death)

i. The law’s of sin and death. (Actually, were present in the Garden of Eden
and had been presented to Adam back then, look at Gen. 2:15-17 if you
eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you will die)

j. Look at Gen. 2:8-9. (We see in these 2 verse the law of food and the law
of life as well, look specifically at the Tree of life, now back to Rom.
8:1-2, notice when we put our faith in Messiah Yahshua then the Spirit
Of life sets us free from the law of sin and death)

k. Look at Rom. 7:6. (But now we have been released from the Law! Is that
mean we no longer need to be concerned with the Law? No we no
have to be concerned with the Law of sin and death, because we now
living and serving in a new way of the Spirit not trying to live up to the
letter of the Law, we are not trying to live the Law by us trying to
follow the Law by our power but by the Spirit’s power)

l. So let’s look at this change. (Look at Rom. 7:4 then this Spiritual Baptism
we were put to death in relationship with the Law of sin and death
through the crucified Body of Messiah, so we are able to belong to
another, to Him who was raised from the dead so that we may bear fruit
to Yahweh)

m. Because. (The fruit we were producing was the sinful passions that
operated under the Law of sin and death)

I. Our testimony and our rejection. V15:26-16:4

A. Now remember persecution is predicted because of Yahshua.

1. But first things first, there is allot here: John 14:15-18 This goes with Rom.

a. As always we need to look at a word. (This word is “If”, now for a two
letter word it is weighty, because this word within this sentence creates
a condition to everything else that Yahshua is about to say so what
comes after this word has a condition to it. In other words we could
that what comes after this word is not available to those that do not
meat this condition)

1). The rest of this condition is laid out. (There are two more elements to
the condition, the first is, If you love me. Now I want us to look at
this word love for a minute, the word used here in the GK is
agapaho and it means to love but it comes from another RT word
which is agap which means to “breath after” and speaks the
relationship between a husband and wife, it means “lover” to “dote”

2). Those word are associated to a Hebrew word. (The word is ahev ot ahab
and once again it can be associated to the kind of love that one would
have for a spouse and can be used of a very close friend such as
David and Jonathan in 1 Sam. 18:1-3, it says that their souls were
knit together Heb. word is kaw-shar being tied together and had to
with a covenant made with each other)

3). The second element in this condition. (Is to keep His commandments
and the word to “Keep” GK tay-reh-o which means to watch, and
the next is theh-o-reh-o which means to guard and koos-to-dee-ah
which means to keep from escaping, and these words are associated
with a Hebrew word Shama meaning to keep, guard, to hear
intelligently, and to obey)

4). We find this in Deuteronomy. (Dt. 5:10 show mercy to those that love
and keep His commands by not bowing to other gods or idols, Deut.
6:5-6, Thou shalt love Yahweh you Eloheem with all your heart, soul
and might, Deut. 7:9, know that Yahweh keeps covenant and shows
mercy to those that love Him and keeps His commandments, Deut.
10:12-13, what Yahweh requires from us is to fear Him, to walk in
all of His ways, to love Him, to serve Him with all of heart and soul
and to keep His commandments and His statutes, Deut. 11:13,22
love Him and serve Him and keep His commandments)

5). These things are the conditions. (To whatever Yahshua is going to
bring up next, we haven’t even looked at what He is going to say next
He brings up the conditions first, He wants us to know that life with
Him involves these things)

6). This is important and we talked about this last week. (We are acting on
His behalf and it deals with Him and representation)

7). But we have to ask according to His “Name”. (I believe many
today think this just means to say “in the name of
Yahshua”, but the GK does not support that. The GK
for “name” is on-om-ah and it means name but also
deals with authority, and character, and the idea of
being “called”)

8). Let’s put this together. (As we talked just a minute ago to be
a believer is more than believing He is Messiah, but
having fidelity with Him, meaning no mixture in us of
something else, second we are to do these things in the
name of Yahshua which means that we need to walk
according to His authority and character, which means
His character we can’t be doing what we want and expect
these things to happen remember this is about bringing
glory and honor to Yahweh through the Son)

9). Look at Act 19:11-18. (This starts off with saying, “Yahweh
was performing these miracles through Paul and people
were healed. Some of the Jewish exorcists or those
within the Jewish leadership that dealt with spiritual
warfare saw these things happening decided to use the
name of the Master Yahshua to cast out demons saying
this, “I command you by the Yahshua that Paul

10). Now look at the results. (These evil spirit says, I know
Yahshua and I know who Paul is but who are you? And
the demon beat them up. Now Yahweh used that to have
people come to Him, but those that tried this left
wounded and naked)

b. From here Yahshua starts. (Talking about the subject matter
which has to do with the power they will receive, but in this
case He is going to bring up a specific aspect that will rank
at the top as far as importance)

1). Verse 16 starts off with a word. (This word is “And”, now the
word “and” in the GK is Kahee, now I know that you guys
didn’t come here for an English lesson but this is really
important I believe, this word Kahee and also be
translated “then” primary particles tie sentences together
and if you look at verses 15-16 using a period and starting
the next sentence with And tie them but almost doesn’t
sound right but if you were to drop the period and put
then there you get, “If you love Me and follow My
My commandments then I will pray and the Father will
send another counselor to be with you forever)

2). At any rate. (And the real point is that the idea of loving
Him and following His commands are the conditions for
Him to pray that the Father will send another Counselor
to be with us forever)

3). Now as we look at this Comforter. (Before we get into this
Comforter or Counselor, I would like to talk about this
word “another”, the word in the GK is al-los and simply
means “else” and can be translated “more” or
“otherwise” and it is important as I think we will see)

4). The word Comforter or Counselor. (In the GK is par-ak-lay-tos
and it means intercessor, advocate and comforter, He is
also called the Spirit of Truth, look at 1 John 2:1 the
advocate we have is Yahshua Messiah, also Heb. 8:6 that
Yahshua is the mediator of a better covenant, Heb. 9:15
Yahshua the mediator of the covenant so really the idea
is that He would not be present with Him physically)

5). If He has stayed physically. (He could not have indwelt them
and given them “more” that’s why Yahshua said in John
16:7 that it is a benefit for Him to go away because He
would not be able to indwell them, look at 2 Corth. 3:12-
18, the Master is the Spirit and where the Master is there
is freedom, He is called the Spirit of Truth, Yahshua said
I am the Truth)

6). Look at verse 17. (The world cannot know the Spirit of Truth
But you will know Him because He will remain with you
and in you)

7). This is important. (I will not leave you as orphans: I AM
COMING TO YOU, notice He didn’t say I will come to
you, but I AM COMING TO YOU)

2. Now here I want to go back to the word Counselor or Comforter:

a. When we look at this word a little close. (We will find that this
word is not just a Greek word but has a Hebrew word that
gives us the same idea)

1). The Hebrew word is Yaw-ats. (And it means counsel or advise
but it can also mean to make known the plan or purpose of
Yahweh, or in the case we are talking about to make
known to man the plan or purposes of Yahweh, look at
Num. 24:13-17 in which Balaam informs Balak the plan
and the purpose of Yahweh for His people)

2). Look at Ps. 92:4-11. (His plans will destroy His enemies, His
thoughts are profound, fools and stupid people can’t
understand them and evil people even though they seem to
flourish will be destroyed)

3). Look at Ps 33:10-12. (Yahweh’s plans are forever and from
generation to another)

4). Look at 1 Cor. 2:6-16. (This section is called Spiritual Wisdom
and here is quoted a passage fro Isa. 52:13-15 about the
beating and death of our Messiah Yahshua)

5). Look at 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2. (No longer should we view each
according to the flesh but according to the Spirit, what is
seen in the Spirit? Look at what Paul calls the ministry,
2 Cor. 3-11. Remember Paul had once viewed Yahshua
according to the flesh at one time)

6). Look at Acts 9:1-9. (The High Priest and Saul (Paul) thought
that by removing these people who were synagogue and
who had always been part of the synagogue were now
going to be beatin, arrested, and thrown out of the
synagogue because of their faith in Yahshua Messiah)

7). Look at John 16:1. (Yahshua tells them that He is telling them
now of these things to they would not be offended or
stumble. The word used in the GK is skan-dal-id-zo and is
were we get our English word scandalize and means to
trip up, to entice to sin, and apostasy look at 2 Thess. 2:1-

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