Does All Mean ALL?
I have been thinking a lot lately about “all truth.” More specifically, I have been contemplating the verse in John 16:13 that states, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” We read that the Holy Spirit leads us into “all” truth. While I agree that this is true, the question is, what does the “all” encompass?
At the time that Jesus was speaking this to His disciples, He was getting ready to be handed over by Judas and then the crucifixion would happen. There was much that Jesus wanted to tell them but at that time, they were not ready to bear it. There was much they did not yet understand about Jesus, the Kingdom, the Father, and the coming destruction of the temple that would happen in AD 70 and its significance.
When the Holy Spirit was sent and they were indwelled with power, God’s spirit would teach them everything they needed to know to carry out their work, recalling and opening their understanding things they had previously heard from Jesus but had not understood. Greater revelations of Jesus work on the cross would come to them through the Holy Spirit.
I have come to understand and experience that there is truth that God invites me into. If He has invited me into it, He reveals it liberally to me.
The Father has invited me and all mankind into THE TRUTH, which is Jesus. Accepting this invitation into THE TRUTH, caused a new creation transformation to happen in me and the Holy Spirit began the process of revealing Jesus more and more to me, and all that is mine as an inheritance. The Spirit’s purpose is to reveal the “ALL” of who Jesus is to me, in me, and the plans He has for my life while here on earth.
I have also learned that there are truths I am not invited into; meaning there are truths regarding others, the world, and the future that He does not always reveal to me. Because God knows what is best for me, and for others, not every truth that I want to know is revealed to me or revealed right when I want it.
So, I believe “all” means “all” when it comes to everything we are and have in Jesus. “All” means “all” when it comes to the Kingdom that is within us. “All” means “all” when it comes to our value and worth, and how much we are loved. He will reveal the “all” of everything that involves our identity and inheritance.