The first man and woman are at the center of our study today. In this scripture, they disobey a command directly given to them by God - they sin.
In this passage, Jesus explains what His departure will mean for His disciples, emphasizing obedience and the role of the Holy Spirit.
Those who place their faith in Christ have only one option, only one logical next step, and that is to walk in Him - as His disciple.
A heart for God is developed in a man by believing in the heart and obeying from the heart, and is tested in words that come from the heart.
If things done for ourselves are empty, what then can be done? What is it that is meaningful? These two verses (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13) tell us.
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things..." John 14:26a
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
"And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed..." Acts 9:20-21a
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Romans 8:5
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13
God sees the work to be done and provides opportunities for us. He brings us into His work and invites us to "come now."