“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Comforter [the Holy Spirit], to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him because he lives with you and will be in you. John 14: 16-17
Our current series in this column focuses on the promises Jesus made to redeem, comfort, and empower all who follow him.
In 2010, I was already mourning the loss of my mother during the last days of her battle with breast cancer. My beloved mother was my best friend who knew and loved me the best. I told her I couldn’t bear to be without her. With a small smile, she said, “You will have your sisters.
In his last days on earth, Jesus promised his disciples that they would have “the Comforter, the Holy Ghost.” Jesus’ disciples felt that they were losing their beloved Lord. They did not yet understand the how, why, or spiritual significance of his next departure. (John 13: 33-36) In comforting them, Jesus promised that they – indeed, all of Christ’s followers – would “have the Help, the Holy Spirit, which the Father will send in my name.” (John 14:26)
Jesus’ promise in John 14:26 states that the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have said to you.” Other scriptures refer to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, Advocate, Counselor, and Spirit of Truth. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit “will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16: 8)
Continuing in John 16: 13-14, Jesus assured: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will. will say, and it will. tells you about things to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and tell it to you. “
The scriptures also reveal that the Holy Spirit is united with God the Father and with Jesus the Son. They share holy unity, divine power, perfect justice, eternal truth, and unfailing love. Theologians call this infinite triunity of oneness the Trinity, or the Triune Deity.
Thank you Jesus. We have salvation through our repentance and our faith in you. You assured us, “I will not leave you orphans. (John 14:18) So you have given us the promised Holy Spirit. And, we have a growing knowledge of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit for all eternity. Amen.
Kay Henry is a columnist for Claremore Progress. All Bible quotes are taken from “The Holy Bible, English Standard Version” (ESV), unless otherwise noted.