John 15:26–16:15 (NKJV)
The promise of the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples of Christ for their comfort and confidence. This passage helps them understand not only that God will still be with them, but also the things they will face after Christ is gone.
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.John 15:26-27
In these two verses, Jesus explains one of the roles of the Holy Spirit. He will testify of Christ, and will aid the disciples in witnessing about Christ. This is a lost of the lives of most believers. Once saved, many feel that their main goal in their walk with God is to make sure he or she makes it to heaven when they die. However, Jesus admonition establishes that our role is to witness, and we will witness because we have been with Christ, and because the Holy Spirit will help us.
1 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.John 16:1-15
“And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
In this lengthy passage, Jesus explains to them what will happen after He is gone, and how the Holy Spirit will help them when they happen. People will criticize and even persecute the church; in some instances they will kill Christians, thinking they do the world a favor. However, the Holy Spirit–come from God–will convict the world and remind believers of the words of Christ. The Holy Spirit will continue the work of Christ and carry it out until He comes again.
What does this say to us today? Jesus is no longer here on earth in physical form. He sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. However, the Holy Spirit is alive and well on planet Earth. He walks among us and encourages us, teaching us the truth of Christ if we will listen. We run into problems when we stop listening. We turn to our own opinions and theories and forget the Scriptures, and we fail. Open your spiritual eyes and ears again to the Word of God, both written and spoken by His Spirit. Then, we will be able to handle the opposition and oppression we may face as believers, and we will thrive!
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