John 14:15 - 14:31- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15"If you love me, then you will do the things I command. 16I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Helper.* He will give you this Helper to be with you
forever. 17The Helper is the Spirit of truth.* The world cannot accept him. Why?
Because the world does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with
you and he will live in you. 18"I will not leave you all alone like children without
parents. I will come back to you. 19In a very short time the people in the world
will not see me any more. But you will see me. You will live because I live. 20On
that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me
and I am in you. 21If a person knows my commands and obeys those commands, then
that person truly loves me. And my Father will love the person that loves me. And
I will love that person. I will show myself to him." 22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot)
said, "But Lord, why do you plan to show yourself to us, but not to the world?"
23Jesus answered, "If any person loves me, then he will obey my teaching. My Father
will love that person. My Father and I will come to that person and live with him.
24But the person that does not love me does not obey my teaching. This teaching
that you hear is not really mine. It is from my Father who sent me. 25"I have told
you all these things while I am with you. 26But the Helper* will teach you everything.
The Helper will cause you to remember all the things I told you. This Helper is
the Holy Spirit* that the Father will send in my name. 27"I leave you peace. It
is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does.
So don't let your hearts be troubled. Don't be afraid. 28You heard me say to you,
'I am leaving, but I will come back to you.' If you loved me, then you would be
happy that I am going back to the Father. Why? Because the Father is greater than
I am. 29I have told you this now, before it happens. Then when it happens, you will
believe. 30I will not talk with you much longer. The ruler of this world (the devil)
is coming. He has no power over me. 31But the world must know that I love the Father.
So I do exactly what the Father told me to do. "Come now. We will leave this place."
Footnotes:Helper Or, "Comforter," the Holy Spirit. Spirit of truth The Holy Spirit.
It was his work to help Jesus' followers understand God's truth. See Jn. 16:13.
Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter.
Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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