Thursday, April 28, 2016

John 14:23-29 Spirit as Our Personal Assistant

KEY TEXT: John 14:26 “But the Helper (parakletos), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

KEY THOT: The Holy Spirit is referred to as the Parakletos by Jesus. It is variously translated as “Helper” (ESV), “Counselor” (NIV), “Advocate” (NET) and “Comforter” (KJV). The Greek word parakletos is composed of two root words  kaleo (call) and para (alongside). So, He is literally someone “called alongside” believers. Like a rescue-ship called alongside a smaller boat in trouble to guide it to harbor. In this case, Jesus says the Holy Spirit is called to “teach you all things” and to “bring to your remembrance all I have said to you.” So, with regard to God’s truth, the Spirit is called alongside us to teach us from Scripture whenever we read it. He also bring to our mind what is already taught us in critical moments when we need to recall God’s truth either in making the right decisions or in defence or proclamation of the Gospel. So Jesus said: "And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit" (Mark 13:11).  

From reading and study to personal application and preaching of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit is there to reveal and inspire. In other words, from edification to evangelism, we need the Holy Spirit to help us, including prayer: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom 8:26). In fact, we can’t even begin to live the Christian life apart from the Spirit’s guidance and empowerment. There is only one way to live the Christian life of true discipleship: “Walk by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16). 

Paul attributes two important gifts to the Holy Spirit (wisdom and revelation) in Ephesians 1:17, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” We need the Spirit’s revelation to know what to do and the Spirit’s wisdom to know how to do it. 

From start to finish, the Holy Spirit is our indispensable Personal Assistant who will come alongside us to help us become Christ-like disciples.

Father God, thank You that You have sent to Holy Spirit to Your church through Jesus. We pray that You will fill us with Your Spirit today, so that we can have the benefits of His wisdom and revelation in every decision we make today. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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