“The Role of the Promised Comforter”
The night before His crucifixion, we find our Lord Jesus sharing with His disciples about the promised Comforter/Holy Spirit.
In John 15:26-27, we read:
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which procedeth from the Father, He shall bear witness of me; and you also bear witness because you have been with me from the beginning”
In Acts 5:32, we have the Jewish Council very strictly admonishing Peter and his fellow disciples not to teach in the name of Jesus. Notice the response of these Christ followers
“… We are witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost.”
I don’t think we can miss the fact that Christ and the apostles are saying it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to testify or bear witness concerning Jesus Christ.
In numerous Scriptures, we find the Holy Spirit testifying about Jesus Christ. We also have the Holy Spirit bearing witness to our hearts about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Even further we have the Holy Spirit taking the very scriptures, that He inspired some forty different authors over 1500 years to record, interpreting those very scriptures to us and making them clear to our understanding.
In John 15:26, the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of Truth. He is the communicator of truth. Part of His ministry is to testify to the world that Jesus Christ is the truth. In John 14:6, Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Folks, Jesus is the Truth and He spoke truth – “no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
We need to thank God for the faithful ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is only through His testimony to our hearts that we ever come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:3, wrote …
“Therefore, I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed”, and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.”
Let me emphasize this again — it is only as the Holy Spirit takes the written word of God or the testimonies of fellow Christians and brings the truth directly to our hearts that we really come to see and know Jesus for who He is.
Think for a moment about what happened on the Day of Pentecost. Peter, who earlier denied he even knew Jesus, gave all those present the testimony of the Scriptures about Jesus, plus his own testimony. He told people what he and the other apostles knew personally about Christ’s resurrection. On that occasion the promised Holy Spirit came on that gathering and 3,000 people believed the truth and received the Truth and were baptized. Thus, the church was born.
If you are a Christian today, let me assure you it is because the Holy Spirit has taken the truth of God’s word plus the Truth from God, Jesus Christ and brought it home to your heart and you believed and received Christ into your heart and life.
The Holy Spirit — Convicts us of sin.
• He convinces us of God’s love and that Jesus is the only Savior for sin.
• He converts or transforms our lives as we welcome Jesus in.
The Bible says that at that moment we pass from being spiritually dead to being spiritually alive. There isn’t anything that compares to our coming to faith in Christ and becoming spiritually alive.
This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 2:14 wrote, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
How grateful we should be for the faithful ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is by Him taking the truth of God’s word and telling us the truth about Jesus Christ that we come to the place where we can personally declare, “Jesus is Lord!”
Let’s thank the Father for our wonderful Comforter, Counselor and Helper.
In His Glory, Pastor Leonard