has written a monumental work on prophecy after this title. The context is revealing that the Spirit would teach what is about Christ's death and resurrection and ascension into glory. This was a promise to the apostles. Their partial understanding of the person and work of Jesus as the Messiah would be unveiled as the Spirit would give them insight into the meanings of the events of the cross and the resurrection, as well as truths about Jesus' return. Actually, all the New Testament books are the fulfillment of this teaching ministry of the Spirit.
In John 16:17-18, we see that prior to the Spirit's indwelling and teaching ministry, the disciples had a hard time understanding about the coming death of Jesus. They wondered how this could be in light of the coming king and the kingdom, which they expected to see established.
Instead of asking Jesus to explain His words, the men began to discuss it among themselves, almost as though they were embarrassed to admit their ignorance. However, you do not get very far by exchanging your own ignorance! It is only when we come to the Lord and ask for His help that we learn the important lessons of life!
Although the disciples were obviously saved as were the other seventy disciples of Jesus (Luke 10:20), their faith (belief) in God's program and understanding of the relationship of the Father with Jesus, needed to be nurtured, guided, strengthened and confirmed. There is a definite initial belief in Christ as Savior (Acts 16:31). Biblical belief involves a personal response to Christ's person and work for salvation at a given point of time (John 6:29,1:12). That the