We are taking a short break from our study of the Book of Acts for a brief look at John’s journey contained in John Chapter 14. We will resume our study of Acts soon.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:15–17
Jesus had just told His disciples that He would be leaving them soon, and the disciples were greatly troubled. To counter the negativity and despair, Jesus led them into a new truth that would become a very important aspect of their lives. Jesus assured them, “I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” That new Helper was the Holy Spirit. The disciples would quickly learn that one of the greatest blessings of their lives as Christians would be the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would guide them and give them comfort in the days ahead.
The truth remains for Christians today. If you have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is alive in you. Jesus told the disciples that the world would not receive the Spirit or see Him or know Him, but Jesus assured them the Spirit would be inside each of them. Jesus expects those who follow Him as Lord to allow the Spirit to empower them, lead them, and help them fully to succeed. This truth should bring comfort to all of Jesus’ disciples.
“Lord Jesus, I admit I’m completely dependent on You. I can’t accomplish Your will on my own, but I can with the help of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”