To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2014 Issue – ‘The Great Legacy’
Today’s text for reading and meditation is:
John 14:25-26 (NIV): “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
I sometimes feel, after reading material on the Holy Spirit, that there is too much made of the ‘separate’ identities of the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. By that, I mean, it can appear from the way some people write, that there are three independent persons who can at times – have differing views. This, for me, is a false impression.
God’s Spirit is first mentioned in Genesis 1:2, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.’ The Father, Son and Holy Spirit – always existed – as God. How this works – is a question we cannot answer this side of the grave.
In the Old Testament we have occasions when the Holy Spirit works with certain individuals for specific purposes. Now, in this age, we always have the Holy Spirit with us. Yet, as we hold onto that truth listen to what Jesus says in John 14:23, “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we (the Father and Son) will come to them and make our home with them.'”
In addition, we have many references in Paul’s letters – along the following lines (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), ‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. … ‘.
I’ve included the above comments to emphasise the truth that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus and God the Father – are God – united in every way. (Anyone disagree?)
Now, back to today’s study, Selwyn writes: ‘We continue reflecting on the wonderful legacy Jesus left when He bequeathed to us the crowning gift of the Holy Spirit. … The Holy Spirit does not bring startling unheard-of revelation, but unveils the revelation that Jesus brought. He acts as our advocate before a sceptical world, by instructing us in the truth.
So, as you seek to be a disciple of Jesus, at home or work, in weakness or under pressure, you can be assured of the Holy Spirit’s support. He will never desert you.’
One very good point, I think, raise by Selwyn is that God’s Spirit does not reveal new truths that were not taught by Jesus and recorded in Scripture. Everything we need, has been revealed to us by Jesus – the Spirit of God helps us to see the truth of God’s Word.
There is no new prophecy (or prophet, for that matter) that will be revealed – outside of that recorded in Scripture. Jesus was the last prophet – He was the last and eternal Word. All prophecy in today’s era – is only highlighting (perhaps in finer detail) what has been revealed to us by Jesus. We must be on our guard, because only the devil tries to fool gullible people into believing lies as ‘new’ revelations.
God’s Spirit is always with us and because of His great love, He will turn us away from the devil’s deceptions.