Your Unique Guest
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” John16:12
Jesus said these words to His disciples as He approached the end of His earthly life. At first, the words seemed somewhat gloomy, pointing to a weakness in the disciples. Would Jesus leave them in that state of mind? No, not the all-powerful, victorious Jesus. Immediately after saying those words, Jesus continued: “However when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all Truth……and He will show you things to come.” (John 16:13) This was not the first time that Jesus was teaching them about the Holy Spirit. In fact almost everything we know about the Holy Spirit came from the mouth of Christ. On another occasion, Jesus told the disciples that when they are arrested and brought before the courts, they do not have to prepare a defense because the Holy Spirit would tell them what to say. We can imagine the comfort and security that this must have given to the disciples. They were also told not to start their ministries before receiving the Holy Spirit which Jesus had asked His Father to send.
As Christians we do not often hear or talk much about the Holy Spirit, and this is such a pity when we consider the significance of the Holy Spirit, and the role He came to play in our Christian lives. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are inextricably One. One of them cannot exist without the Other. This is why, when we come to the Father, putting our faith in Christ, the first gift we are given is the Holy Spirit. Yes, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. This is a mystery which we cannot unravel, we simply have to believe: “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God and you are not your own?” (1Cor.6:19)
To discuss the role of the Holy Spirit concerning us would take many pages, but for now let us approach each day with the thought that we have this uniquely divine gift, the Holy Spirit as our Guest, and let us be careful not to “grieve” Him (Ephesians4:30) but to do all we can to be constantly aware of Him, to please and honor Him. Al Jones