KEY TEXT: John 16:13-14 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
KEY THOT: The Holy Spirit is the Divine Conduit who communicate and convey divine truths to us. He guides “into all the truth.”:Unlike the Greek concept of truth which is academic and intellectual, the Hebrew concept of truth is experiential and practical. One does not know the truth until he or she has experienced it in his or her own personal life: “O TASTE and SEE that the Lord is good!” (Ps. 34:8).
Having an academic knowledge of the botanical or chemical properties to explain the sweetness of an apple is not the same as having tasted its sweetness to know it's true. The Holy Spirit leads us into the experience of divine truths: from regeneration to sanctification to glorification. Apart from the Spirit, we are spiritually dead even even if we possess all the theological knowledge in this world. And at the end of the day, the Spirit glorifies Christ by helping as experience every spiritual blessing we have in Christ.
Truth is relational as it arises from a relationship with the Spirit and truth is experiential as it must be “tasted” and experienced in our personal life. I have to remind myself that possessing theological knowledge is not enough: theology can only give me the facts, but only the Spirit can lead me into the truths: FACTS + SPIRIT = TRUTH (PERSONAL EXPERIENCE).
When I read the Scriptures, I must always seek the Spirit’s revelation, not just rely on the commentary’s footnotes.
Every time I read the Bible or teach it, I must remember to pray, “Come Holy Spirit, fill me with Your revelation so that I may know Your truth! Amen”
Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit that has been poured into every believer’s heart so that we may experience Your unconditional love. Amen.