Monday, 29 June 2020 John 15:18-27
“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. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” - John 15:26-27
In John 15, Jesus continues His farewell discourse with the disciples as he would soon leave the disciples physically. He comforts them with the promise of the coming Spirit, the Helper. He tells the disciples how the Holy Spirit will teach them and bring to their remembrance, what He had taught them (John 14:26). Jesus challenges (John 15:1-11) the disciples to bear fruit in which Christ will be glorified.
Besides being their Teacher, Comforter, the Holy Spirit is on a mission to exalt Christ. The Spirit goes forth from the Father on a mission. Jesus declares that mission: that the Spirit of Truth "will testify about Me." To testify is to witness.
The first is the witness of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26). What does Jesus mean by this? When the story of Jesus is told to us and He is portrayed before us, what makes us feel that this is none other than the Son of God? That response of the human mind and the answer of the human heart is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who moves within us to respond to Jesus Christ.
The Spirit reveals Jesus to us. He leads us to salvation through repentance of our unbelief. He directs our life daily with the truths that come from Jesus. He continues to bring glory to Jesus by revealing more of Him to us. Do you allow Him to do all of that in you? Does Jesus mean more to you today than in the past, or have you not been allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal more of Jesus to you?
The answer to your every need is found in one of those activities of the Holy Spirit. Whether you are depressed, dejected, or despairing, the Holy Spirit is the answer. In the good times and difficult times, in celebration and in pain, the Holy Spirit will minister to you exactly what you need. He takes from Jesus who has received everything from God and shows you what you need. His presence in you is all you need for illumination and regeneration. Thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit!