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John 14:23-29 - Those who love me will keep my word

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Jesus said to Judas (not Iscariot), "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

"I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, `I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe."


This is one of two Gospel choice to be read aloud by a priest on the sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, according to the lectionary for the Episcopal Church. If chosen, it will follow a mandatory reading from Acts, where Paul, Silas and new Apostle Timothy searched to where to go. We read, “During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." That will precede a singing of Psalm 67, where David used the word “elohim” several times, saying, “Let the peoples praise you elohim; let all the peoples praise you.” That pair of readings will be followed by a Year C standard from Revelation, which has John saying, “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.”

Missing from this reading are key verses that make this reading selection make more sense. The first is verse nineteen and the second is verse twenty-two. Verse nineteen has Jesus saying to his disciples, “yet short kai this world myself no longer beholds , yourselves now behold myself ; because I exist , yourselves will exist .” In verse twenty-two, we then read, “Calls to himself Judas , not this Iscariot , Lord , kai what has happened because to ourselves you are about to appear yourself , kai not at all to this world ?

Knowing of these two verses written prior, those reading the above selected verses can understand what Judas asked Jesus, based on what Jesus had said; and, these verses make it clear to see what was written prior helps one see the truth of what these above selected verses say.

In verse nineteen, which led Judas to call upon Jesus for an explanation, Judas heard what the NRSV translate: “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.” Because Judas heard Jesus say that (keeping in mind that the post-Seder experience demanded each adult keep drinking wine until they passed out drunk; so, Judas – like the other adult disciples – was not able to keep up with much said), Judas wanted to know how the disciples could see Jesus, when the rest of the world could not. His question was akin to him asking, “Will you give up magic glasses to see your ghost, when you will be invisible to everyone else?”

What Jesus actually said in verse nineteen, based on the literal translation, was a “short” or “small” synopsis of what the future would hold. While those two Greek words were heard as “in a little while” or “soon to come,” Jesus actually told his disciples they were “still little,” in comparison to what they would become.

Jesus then stated an important (due to “kai” usage) statement about “this world.” Here, the Greek word “kosmos” means “order, the world,” but it implies in usage (other than that), “worldly affairs; the inhabitants of the world; adornment.” According to HELPS Word-studies, the proper meaning is “an "ordered system" (like the universe, creation).” It is a word that is the root word for “cosmetics,” where that implies “the order [“ensemble”] used of treating the face as the whole.” In other words, Jesus forecast the “order” of his soul in one body of flesh [“myself,” where ‘self’ equates to a ‘soul’] will “no longer” be possible to “behold.” The Greek word there – “theōrei” – is the root word in the English word “theater.” This is because the root word is “where people concentrate on the meaning of an action (performance).” Therefore, “no longer” would people in the “ordered” world be able “to look at” or “gaze upon” the physical body of Jesus, “to see, experience, discern” or “partake of” him as a soul possessing the body of flesh he was in at that moment in time.

After Jesus said that, a comma marks a separation point in his words, where he next said, “your souls [“yourselves”] now perceive my soul [“myself”].” This was a statement that the soul of Jesus, by the grace of Yahweh the Father, had allowed – “yet small” – a part of Jesus’ soul to be one with the souls of each disciple that was there (“not the Iscariot”). This was how they could enter intern ministry and perform small miracles in the name of Jesus. This “small” portion they “beheld” would later become the ‘full deal,’ when each disciple would become an apostle and “see the world” as Jesus reborn into their souls.

In verse twenty-two, the capitalization of “Legei” divinely elevates the meaning of this usage, more than it simply stating “says,” as a matter of fact statement that someone spoke. The divine elevation says that “Judas” – a capitalized name that means “Praised” or “Let Him Be Praised” – was moved by the presence of “yet little” of Jesus’ soul within his soul to “Calls” out to Jesus from a soul-centered “Praise” of Yahweh. The use of “autō,” which means “to self,” as well as “to himself,” where all references to “self” is a hidden statement about a “soul.” Thus, Jesus having said he was with his disciples (“yet short”), that presence within “Judas” was the same presence in all the disciples, so “Judas” spoke for everyone [drunk as they were at that time], because Jesus wanted this question asked.

When we are told by John that “Judas” was “not this Iscariot,” that identifies “Judas” as another disciple with that name who was among Jesus’ disciples. Still, the capitalization of “Iscariot” needs to be read as a divinely elevated statement, based on the word’s meaning. As such, the question asked by “Judas,” which was the same question on all the minds of the disciples still capable of listening and understanding on some level of awareness, the name “Iscariot” means more than simply a statement of one born is the city of “Kerioth” (in southern Judah, where the other Judas was born). The word equally means “Man Of The City,” which would be deemed by country folk as a “City Slicker.” Judas Iscariot was one who lived up to that name because he acted smarter than the other country rubes from Galilee. Thus, John writing, “not this Man Of The City” says a lot flew over the heads of Jesus’ disciples; so, Jesus was often led to make one or more blurt out questions, when they would bite their tongues, rather than appear to be slow minded.

When Judas then identified Jesus as his “Lord,” that capitalized word (“Kyrie”) was a divinely elevated statement about what moved “Judas” to “Call” out a question. While this was a typical address by a student to a teacher, as a statement that Jesus was a “Master” of the teachings of Judaism – and the disciples were learning to become teachers in his mold – the written word being capitalized always becomes divinely elevated as an address motivated by Yahweh to one of His servants, to recognize Jesus as His Son (even if the one making the address had not clue his or her inner self was speaking that.

When John then used the marker word for importance (“kai”), that which Judas asked can be seen to be Jesus speaking the truth of what was soon to happen. While the NRSV states that said by Judas as: “how is it that you will reveal yourself to us,” the importance of what was truly asked is this: “what has happened because to ourselves you are about to appear yourself”. This first asked, “Where will you be going?” Remembering the Seder ritual is to get as drunk as one can before passing out (a test of will power, which will always show it to be powerless in the long run), Jesus was telling his disciple about the future after his coming execution by the Sanhedrin. None of the disciples were sober enough to recall that. Second, Judas wanted to know how it would be possible for Jesus’ soul to appear in their souls.” Without knowing what he just asked, Judas said what would happen in the upper room on the first day of the week, after Jesus was found to be nowhere. When he would be “seen” (a way of stating divine perception, not physical vision) within each of those present, all “appearing themselves as the self of Jesus [“yourself”].”

When John the separated that question by a comma mark, followed by another use of “kai” [English teacher frown upon students writing “, and,” as a comma reflects where the word “and” is present but unstated]. There, importance is found in Judas saying, “not at all to this world.” In that, the Greek word “ouchi” should be understood to mean “not, not at all,” implying in usage “by no means.” When a simple “not” is not the translation, but “not at all” is read, this says that Jesus “appearing to their souls [“themselves,” as “ourselves”] was “not at all to this world.” That was Judas saying his soul knew the future would mean his own soul having the soul of Jesus “appear in his soul,” so he realized he was Jesus, but nothing about that self-knowledge could be confirmed by “this world,” which cannot see souls. While that can be also read as Jesus would “not appear at all to this world” of heathen disbelievers, that does little to help one realize the truth of these words posed by a drunken Judas, recorded by a most sober [child, son of Jesus] John. John would write his Gospel at a mature age, divinely inspired to write each word, so each word should be read by souls equally divinely inspired.

Notice how medieval art censors refused to depict saints as drunken Jews on a Seder.

From knowing this said prior (in two separate verses), it lets one be ‘up to date’ on seeing that “Answered Jesus,” where those two capitalized words are divinely elevated to say that Yahweh spoke through His Son. That “said to himself” (the soul of Jesus in Judas and each of the other “selves) was, “IF [a Big “If”] someone loves me , this word of me he will observe , kai this Father of me will love [“someone”] the same , kai advantageous to the same [“someone” and “this Father”] we will come ¸ kai a dwelling place alongside of to [“someone”] the same will act .” As can be seen, this “Answer” made by “Jesus” says nothing directly about the “cause” that would make Jesus be gone, then “appear” in his disciples, unseen by the rest of the “world.” Instead, a condition is set that is the “cause” of what Jesus had said prior. “If someone … anyone … loves Yahweh [the speaker through Jesus], then just as Yahweh spoke what Yahweh said through his lips, “the same” will take place in Yahweh’s ‘lover.’ When it is importantly stated, “If love,” then “this Father of me will love the same [relative to the someone-anyone],” that is a statement of divine marriage. Divine marriage is between a soul and Yahweh’s Spirit, neither is visible to naked eyes (not physically perceived). This “Answered” the “cause of appearance in a disciple.”

When John then had Yahweh say through Jesus, beginning with another “kai,” “advantageous to the same [someone anyone] we will come.” Here, the third-person plural Future says each “someone-anyone” will no longer be alone, but part of a Trinity: Father, Son Jesus, and soul married with Spirit. This divine union will be only for those who meet the conditions of the “If.” That is “advantageous” for the ministry of Jesus to continue in a body (many times over) of flesh, while Yahweh leads saints to find His lost souls [His sheep], and the soul destined to die and be recycled (or worse) get the advantage of knowing one’s soul has been saved for eternity. The “Answer” to the “not at all this world” will know this “appearance” of Jesus (after he is raised from the dead) is it will not meet the “love” conditions that bring about salvation.

In verse twenty-four, Jesus then continued by saying the other aspect of the conditional, which placed focus on what “not at all this world” meant. Here, Jesus said, “this not loving me , these words of me not they will observe ; kai this word that you listen to , not is mine , but of this of having been sent myself of Father .” This confirms that what Jesus said came from Yahweh speaking through him. Jesus saying what Yahweh told him was a sign of his love for the Father. The words of the Father were His Law, which Jesus lived, simply due to his willingly allowing Yahweh to lead his every path in life. The “If” condition meant one’s soul must likewise desire to “listen” to the Word of Yahweh and live accordingly to His Will. The meaning of “not at all this world” says there are few souls who will bow down and submit “self” to anyone else … even Yahweh.

In verse twenty-five, Jesus said, “These I have said to your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] , alongside of to your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] abiding .” The capitalized “Tauta” gives divine elevation to the plural pronoun “these,” which are the words of prophecy Yahweh just spoke through His Son. This confirms that “yet small” was a statement about the “little” part of Jesus’ soul that was “abiding” in the souls of his disciples. Yahweh knew each of the disciples was doing Judaic duty by getting drunk as skunks, so speaking to those foggy brains would be futile. Instead, He spoke to their souls [seeing all places where a “self” is implied as meaning a “soul”]. Because the soul of Jesus had been allowed by Yahweh to “abide” in his disciples, Yahweh could speak to those souls, sounding just like Jesus to their brains.

In verse twenty-six, Jesus then said, “this now Helper , this Spirit this Sacred , this he will send this Father within this name of myself , that one your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] will direct all kai will remind your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] all that have said to your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] I .” In this, the capitalized word “Paraklētos” is written, which means it is a divinely elevated “advocate, intercessor, consoler or comforter.” This is direction spoken “to your souls , alongside of your souls abiding,” which is the presence of all that is necessary to live righteously, having submitted one’s self-will to that of the Father and His Son. This is not some extra link in the Trinity chain. It is how one becomes a soul saved, through love of Yahweh and His Word. One’s own soul alone is handicapped and unable to walk a straight path, without falling down over and over. The “Helper” makes sure one’s little brain no longer has to figure things out. Thus, it is “this Spirit” that comes when one is Anointed by Yahweh in marriage (made one of His Christs … He can have as many as He wishes). That presence of Yahweh’s “Spirit” then leads one to walk righteously, which thereby makes oneself become “Holy, Sacred, Consecrated by Yahweh.”

When the “Spirit” comes in divine marriage, then the reason for marriage becomes evident – having a baby together. This is then where Jesus’ soul being resurrected comes in. It is raised within one’s soul, which was previously dead. The presence of Jesus means a soul has been saved. Thus, the name “Jesus” means “Yahweh Saves.” That “sent by the Father” is His seed, which comes in the “name” Jesus. Once the soul of Jesus has been reborn is each apostle’s soul, then Jesus “will direct” them, as their Lord. Everything written in divine Scripture will then be understood, as the soul of Jesus “will remind your souls” of the circumstances in which divine Scripture was written, having been there and done that, as the soul of Adam-Jesus – the Son of Yahweh. When the word “egō” is written, this becomes the identity of each soul, where “I” states Jesus as each soul’s Lord, while also knowing “I AM” is the source of all “I’s,” because all souls (including that of Jesus) bows in submission to Yahweh.

Verse twenty-seven then says, “Peace I permit to your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] , this of my soul [“mine” or “of myself”] I place to your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] ; not according as this world gives , I give to your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] . not let it be troubled of your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] this heart , not even let it fear .” To begin this verse, John wrote the capitalized “ Eirēnēn,” which is a divinely elevated translation that says “Peace.” The common usage of this word has it translate as “one, peace, quietness, rest,” where divine elevation to a level of Yahweh’s Spirit says “One” is the command Jesus would give to his disciples in the upper room [the Episcopalian catch phrase, “Peace to you “], where Jesus said we are “One” now. The divine elevation to mean “Rest” says the symbolism of the seventh day – a time of “Completion” and “Rest” has come to their souls. All the “yous” and “mine” are statements relative to this capitalized “Peace,” as it has no meaning in the physical sense. That is confirmed when Jesus said, “not according as this world gives [rest, peace, oneness].” The element of “heart” is where the throne of Yahweh is seated with the Lamb (the Revelation element). Thus, a soul is no longer “troubled” when it is forgiven its past sins of the flesh and has received “Peace.” The only “fear” that then comes is the “fear” of losing Yahweh and Jesus in one’s soul.

In verse twenty-eight, Jesus then said, “you listened because I spoke to your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] , I am departing kai I am going towards your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] . if you loved me , you have had rejoiced in that I am traveling advantageous for this Father , because this Father greater than myself exists .” Here, Jesus had told his disciples three times of his death and resurrection. Their brains could not fathom what that meant; but Jesus poke those words to their souls. He told them he would “depart” in death, but his soul would be “going towards their souls.” With the conditional having been set about loving Yahweh and loving to obey the commands of Jesus, then their souls would realize (later, rather than sooner) it is “advantageous for this Father” to have twelve Apostles each with the soul of Jesus teaching His Word than only have one Jesus in the flesh. Yahweh can have many millions of saints, all resurrections of His Son Jesus, because Yahweh is the Father that is “greater than” one man with a holy soul in the flesh. For all to be Jesus [“myself exists”] reborn, the world becomes a better place for all.

Verse twenty-nine then says, “kai now I have told your souls [“you” or “yourselves”] before this has been born , in order that whenever it shall have been born , your souls shall believe [2nd person implied “you” or “yourselves”] .” This verse importantly states (use of “kai”) the drunken brains of those disciples will not remember anything of that said that Seder night, especially after the coming arrest and the ensuing fear that would envelope most of them (especially the male disciples). Thus, one should see “your souls” as the translation of “I have told you.” The two uses of “erchomai,” which can truly translate as “to be born,” as well as “to come” or “to happen,” becomes a clear statement that each soul told by Jesus would be reborn in his name. This planting of a seed of thought in their souls would make them all realize everything said to them by Jesus – at all times – including this important night when he was saying his, “Goodbye for now, but I will return as you.”

As one of two Gospel selections that will only receive the ‘light of day’ in an Episcopal church on this sixth Sunday of Easter, it is vital to be told the meaning of what Jesus told his disciples on the nights that he would be taken away from them … forever in the flesh. The Easter season is when readings will be presented that all place focus on souls being raised from the dead, with none of those souls being Jesus. Lazarus was raised from the dead with a decomposing body returned to full life; and, Lazarus would travel in ministry – AS JESUS REBORN – to southern France (along with others), following the orders his soul received from Jesus within. Jesus would not be raised in his own physical flesh. He would be raised in the physical flesh of his Apostles-Saints-Prophets that carried on that ministry for the past two thousand years. To not hear Jesus speaking to one’s soul in this reading selection is to become one of “this world” that does “not love Yahweh” (not married divinely in Spirit) and does “not love Jesus” as one’s inner Lord. Now is the time to grasp that meaning.

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