“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper [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, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
Our current series in this column focuses on promises Jesus provided to redeem, comfort, and empower all who follow him.
In 2010, I was already grieving the loss of my mother during the final days of her breast cancer battle. My beloved mother was my best friend who best knew and loved me. I told her I could not bear being without her. With a little smile, she said, “You will have your sisters.”
During his final days on earth, Jesus promised his disciples that they would have “the Helper, the Holy Spirit.” Jesus’ disciples were experiencing a sense of losing their beloved Lord. They did not yet understand the how, why, or spiritual significance of his approaching departure. (John 13:33-36) Comforting them, Jesus promised that they — indeed, all Christ-followers — would have “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom 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 bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Other scriptures refer to the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Advocate, Counselor, and Spirit of Truth. Jesus said the Holy Spirit “will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8)
Continuing in John 16:13-14, Jesus assured: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Scriptures also reveal that the Holy Spirit is united with God the Father and Jesus the Son. They share holy oneness, divine power, perfect righteousness, eternal truth, and unfailing love. Theologians call this infinite tri-unity of oneness the Trinity, or the Triune Godhead.
Thank you, Jesus. We have salvation through our repentance and belief in you. You assured us, “I will not leave you as orphans.” (John 14:18) Thus, you gave us the promised Holy Spirit. And, we have a growing knowledge of the Father, Son, and Spirit for all eternity. Amen.
Kay Henry is a columnist for the Claremore Progress. All Bible quotations are from “The Holy Bible, English Standard Version” (ESV), unless otherwise noted.