And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)
Read: Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-15, John 1:19 – 2:25
Relate: As I’ve been reading this, I keep getting stuck on the interchangeability between the Holy Spirit and Jesus in what He is saying. Perhaps interchangeability isn’t quite the right word but I’m not sure what is. Jesus is saying that He must leave so that the Holy Spirit might come. He says the world will not recognize the Holy Spirit but His disciples will because He is already living with them and will later be living in them… But it is Jesus who is living with them. Then He says He won’t abandon the disciples, He will come to them… But it is the Holy Spirit that is coming. There’s definitely a bit of a tri-unity here going on in what Jesus is saying.
React: You know, part of me is a bit jealous of the disciples. What would it have been like to have lived and walked and talked with Jesus in the flesh? What would it have been like to see His miracles firsthand, to watch Him confront the Pharisees, to climb with Him up the mount of transfiguration… it must have been amazing. But their ability with Jesus was tied to a locality. It was limited to an external presence. We have it so much better. For those of us in Christ, we have the Advocate, the Comforter, the Counselor, our Teacher, our Guide, the very Spirit of Jesus living inside of us.
That said, why do so many of us so often live with Him on the sidelines? It is like we have the starting lineup of a championship ball team sitting on the bench while we start all these minor league scrubs. We’ve got programs and strategies, marketing analytics and resources, talent and hard effort in the game while the Teacher, Guide, Comforter, Witness, Advocate, Counselor, Deposit, and Spirit of Truth is sitting there gently nudging us on the sidelines saying, “Let me up to the plate. I’ve got this.” We struggle to move past mediocrity while insisting we keep the superstar on the bench. Now don’t get me wrong, things like programs and strategies do have their place… That place is called the minor leagues.
God, baptize me with the Spirit of Your Power. Help me to get completely out of the way that You might move through me. I am Yours, and that means Your Spirit is living inside me. Let me let Him truly LIVE inside of me. Take the chains of doubt, and order, and control and break them. Get wild and crazy in my life. Let my every breath be lost in You.
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I’m praying that I’m not living with Him on the sidelines rather than within and guiding me every day! Wonderful provocation today!
What helps me understand the Trinity came from a Bible teacher. God, Jeau and the Holy Spirit are 3 separate entities who share the same attributes. Lovely verse and enjoyed your instruction.it’s wonderful that after Pentecost all believers receive the Holy Spirit as one of 40 gifts from God.
Except that is not true. It is not simply attributed that they share. There is but 1 God.
And also the disciples had already received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit prior to Pentecost.
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19].
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all [2 Corinthians 13:14].
To God’s elect. . .who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood [1 Peter 1:1-2].
I didn’t say I didn’t believe believe in the trinity. It is just that they are most definitely not three separate entities. I have written on the trinity (tri-unity) above in the Going Deeper section if you want to continue the discussion there.
We just have a different opinion. Thanks for the invitation
Opinions are for tastes, favorites, and ideas. Regarding the character and nature of God there is only truth and heresy.
I fear that I often leave Him on the bench when I go out to bat 😦
Thanks. God bless you.
I like how you mentioned we insist on keeping the superstar on the bench.
I think it would have been borderline terrifying to be the disciples in those times unless they let go,of their fear of death. Kind of like a woman defying a Muslim government by walking alone in public. They were trying to empower the people and undermine the power structure. That would make them targets of powerful people. You would have to be mentally strong.