14 Jesus Is the Way to the Father
Jesus said to his disciples, "Don't be worried! Have faith in God and
have faith in me.(r) 2 There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't
tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each
of you. 3 After I have done this, I will came back and take you with me. Then we
will be together. 4 You know the way to where I am going."
5 Thomas said, "Lord, we don't even know where you are going! How can
we know the way?"
6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without
me, no one can go to the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have
8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need."
9 Jesus replied: Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don't you
know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me
to show you the Father? 10 Don't you believe that I am one with the Father and
that the Father is one with me? What I say is not said on my own. The Father who
lives in me does these things.
11 Have faith in me when I say that the Father is one with me and that I am
one with the Father. Or else have faith in me simply because of the things I do.
12 I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same
things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going
back to the Father. 13 Ask me and I will do whatever you ask. This way the Son
will bring honour to the Father. 14 I will do whatever you ask me to do.
(r) Have faith in God and have faith in me: Or "You have faith in God,
so have faith in me."
The Holy Spirit is Promised
15 Jesus said to his disciples: If you love me, you will do as I command.
16 Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help(s) you
and always be with you. 17 The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of
this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don't see or know him. But you
know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you.
18 I won't leave you like orphans. I will come back to you. 19 In a little
while the people of this world won't be able to see me, but you will see me. And
because I live, you will live. 20 Then you will know that I am one with the
Father. You will know that you are one with me, and I am one with you. 21 If you
love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also
love you and show you what I am like.
22 The other Judas, not Judas Iscariot,(t) then spoke up and asked, "Lord,
what do you mean by saying that you will show us what you are like, but you will
not show the people of this world?"
23 Jesus replied: If anyone loves me, they will obey me, Then my Father
will love them, and we will come to them and live in them. 24 But anyone who
doesn't love me, won't obey me,. What they have heard me say doesn't really come
from me, but from the Father who sent me.
25 I have told you these things while I am still with you. 26 But the Holy
Spirit will come and help(u) you, because the Father will send the Spirit to
take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what
I said while I was with you.
27 I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. So don't be
worried or afraid.
28 You have already heard me say that I am going back to the Father,
because he is greater than I am.
29 I am telling you this before I leave, so that when it does happen, you
will have faith in me. 30 I cannot speak with you much longer, because the ruler
of this world is coming. But he has no power over me. 31 I obey my father, so
that everyone in the world might know that I love him.
It is time for us to go now.
(s) help: The Greek word may mean "comfort", "encourage,"
or "defend." (t) Iscariot: See the note at 12. 4. (u) help: See the
note at verse 16.
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