“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be with you. “I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” (John 14:15-21, CEB)
I thought Jesus was with us forever? Why is the author of the gospel of John telling us that Jesus said that he will ask the Father and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever?” I mean the end of Matthew is and I will be with you always even to the end of the age.
Well, Matthew and John are different books and are written for different people. They say things in different ways.
Jesus saying I am with you always is the same as another Companion coming. God is trinity according to our Christian understanding so Jesus being with us always is the same as the Spirit being with us.
And this is comforting. Because we are never alone.
Loving People. Loving God.