Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Comforter

                In John 16:12-15, quoted below we know that it is Jesus speaking.  (This is just prior to Chapter 17 where we read, “The Lord’s Prayer.”)  In this portion of Chapter 16, Jesus is speaking of the forth coming of the “Comforter,” The Holy Spirit.
              We as Christians tend to overlook the existence of The Holy Spirit.  For the most part, we have given Him over to the people who claim He performs miracles.  (He doesn’t perform miracles.  They seem to place more importance on Him, than on Jesus.) 
              Yet, we are taught He is the silent one of the Trinity.  As an Abider within us, He teaches and directs our thoughts, and transmits our prayers to the Lord Jesus. 
              We as Christians must know He is what keeps us on the right track.  He guides us down the “right beaten path.”  He shows us the way to the “strait gate. 

Matthew 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

              He is the “spirit of Truth.  Moreover, as “The Holy Spirit” He leads us unto new life and He leads us to our eternity. 

John 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

He never pushes our emotions “into frenzy.”  He is our Teacher, our Guide.  He allows us to accept the teachings of Christ, and through “our memory” reminds us of things that we have been taught.
              Once the Salvation of God has been accepted, we receive the Holy Spirit.  Once we have received Him, He will abide within us until we are called home.  Once we attained Him, He is eternally with us. 
              How many times have you heard someone say, “When I walked into that Church building, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in there.”  (The Holy Spirit resides within a human Tabernacle, so “when we walk in,” The Holy Spirit goes in too.  Consequently, the person making that statement is probably admitting that The Holy Spirit is overjoyed that “they” finally went to Church, His Father’s House.
              If you haven’t accepted Jesus, do it now, and receive the Holy Spirit with joy.  Knowing, through Christ, He will help you.       

Bro. John R. E Chastain

John 16:12-15  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  (13)  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  (14)  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  (15)  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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