I WILL SEND YOU ANOTHER COMFORTER ( Jn 14:16)
The unspeakable blessing- great NT promise ( Acts 1:4) as the promise of the Messiah is the great OT Promise
It’s the fruit of Christ mediation.
● Who is the holyspirt?
● The condition & neccessity for his coming?
● The functions of the holy spirit.
● Our Responsibility & expectations towards the holyspirt.
WHO IS THE HOLYSPIRT
In every definition one thing is clear. The Holy Spirit is God. It is the 3rd person of the Trinity. As person, it is not something but someone. We call them persons, so that we can have something to call them but such identity does not violate the integrity and equality of their divine unity or divine essence or divine power. Just like ice, water and steam are same. Mtt 9: 14 tells us that the Holy spirit is co-eternal with the Father & the Son.
It is the love shared by the father and the son. The love in which the father sent the son and he accepted to save the world Jn 3:16. The love that made them never to stretch apart and unites the world to them ( sign of the cross). Jn 17:26 made it clearer that the love with which you have love me may be in them and I in them.
THE CONDITION AND NECESSITY FOR THE COMING
Jn 16: 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/ comforter will not come but if I go, I will send him to you.
Could it have been better to have his corporal presence than spirtual presence? If the Lord had remained on earth, we could have gotten no closer to see him with eyes or hear him with our ears. But although he is no longer external, he is now indwelling and vivifying- intimate communion, inseparable union.
It was not expedient that christ would be with them forever. Since they must disperse, there should be a comforter to be with them all in all places at all times.
Again, they might think it is impossible to have a comforter, equivalent to him the Son of God. But Christ assures us of one equal in power and glory with the son. To do his work in a spiritual way & manner. Therefore, the Holy spirit is the continuance of Christ blessing.
Finally to teach you the truth. Jn 16:13- when the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority. For the gentiles by their idolatories, jews by their traditions have been led into gross erros and mistakes but the spirit enabled the Apostles to lead them to the Truth. In our world today, we have refused the leaders of the church, inspired by the spirit of truth to lead us a right.
THE FUNCTIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The very first function to be mentioned is the interpretation of the Trinity. ( Gen 1:1, Matt 1:18, mtt 3:16-17)- here we see the Spirit empowering creation, word became flesh, renew and transubstantiaton.
Another great business of the holy spirit is to stand behind the scene as telescopes reveal the stars without talking of himself and make jesus real and known. To bear witness to Christ. magnify & exalt him. The apostle did not understand the death of our lord until after Pentecost. Mtt 28: 20- teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and behold, I am with you always until the end of ages Jn 16:14- He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you, all that the father has is mine.
Jn 14: 25- 26 – these things I have spoken to you while I am still with you, but the comforter, the holy spirt 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.
I Cor. 2:13 made it clear that the means of this teaching will not be by human wisdom but by the spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those thay are spiritual. I Cor 12:13 made it clear that the means of this teaching will not be by human wisdom but by the spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those that are spiritual. I cor 12, No one call Jesus Lord except by the Spirit.
It is the function of the holy spirit to give new life. A man without God is dead. He does this through the following process.
Jn. 16- he convicts us,
Eph 1: 13-14 confirm us as God’s children and heaven is our home. Rm 8: 14-16 – adopted children.
And finally in Rm 8: 3- 8, we are conformed in the spirit for flesh tends towards death while the spirit aims at life & peace ( v.6)
Ezek. 36:27- I shall put my spirit within you and move you to follow and in ch 37: 5 – God says to the dry bones, I am going to put spirit into you that you may live. No wonder, it is called Ruah in Heb For special- empowerment, unity and order. Unity- so the church through all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up and walking in the fear of the Lord and in in the comfort of the Spirit, it multiplied.
Rm 8:26- The spirit helps us in our weakness, for we don’t know how to pray. The spirit intercede for us with groaning deep for words.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS
In v. 17 of John 14, – this is the spirit of truth which the world cannot receive because it neither see him nor know him, you can only recieve what you are fitted to. In the prayer of our Lord- Jn 17. He emphasized that we are not of this world. But we are called to redeem it through love, courage, content.
The Spirit moves us to forgiveness & Trust, sympathy, the conquest of the cross, and evaluation of our spirituality after confirmation. Bearing in mind that Your body is a temple of the holyspirt- 1Cor 6:19.
2Cor. 1:3-4- He comforts us that we may be able to comfort others.
Our expectations- husband, financial break through, battle, St Paul received this Spirit and was moved to offering his life in preaching the resurrected Christ. Of what reasons are we looking for the Holy Spirit.
Gal. 5:22 the fruit of the spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
Gal 5: 25 – If we live by the spirit let us also walk by the spirit.
PEACE BE WITH YOU…………..