Remember that the subject of judgment is one of the first principles of the doctrine of Christ covered in chapter two. It is important to understand that what Christ accomplished on the cross, His subsequent descent into hell, and resurrection finished the work of disarming the devil and his minions. God the Father judged Satan in the work of the cross. It is impossible for Satan to overcome the Lord Jesus Christ and His kingdom purpose. The victory has been secured. Jesus declared Satan’s judgment when He said: The ruler of this world is judged. John 16:11 NKJV
Satan cannot stop the advancement of God’s kingdom and the discipling of the nations. The Lord of the harvest will have His harvest in spite of the enemy that came to sow tares. We need to examine what Jesus said to His disciples about the work of the Holy Spirit in regard to His three-fold purpose in coming.
I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. John 16:12–15 NASB
The first lesson Jesus gave to His disciples was that they could not receive all he had to say to them. The things of God do not all come at once. We learn over time as we are able to bear it. Even this book will be understood better by some than others because we grow into maturity over time and experience. Jesus stated that things would change when the Spirit of Truth would come. He would guide them into all truth. The Spirit of Truth would not speak from His own initiative, He would only speak what He hears from the Father and from the Son. Even in the Godhead, there is an order. The Father sent the Son, the Son made it possible for the promise of the Father to take place, which was the coming of the Holy Spirit to dwell in the believer.