The three prepositions

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2016 Issue –  The Presence of God‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

John 14:15-27 (NIVUK): ”‘If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me any more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.

Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, ‘But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?’ Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

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. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.'”

In this study, Selwyn starts a discussion on the three prepositions that Jesus used  when talking about the Holy Spirit – ‘with’, ‘in’ and ‘on’.

He starts first, with the preposition ‘with‘; he asks, “What did Jesus mean when He said the Holy Spirit  was ‘with‘ the disciples? He meant, so I believe that the Spirit was accompanying them, was working with them from the outside. He most certainly was not in them, for Jesus clearly indicated that that phase of the Spirit’s work would start at some point in the future.

This is how the Spirit worked in our lives prior to our conversion. He was with us in order to convict us of sin and reveal to us the true nature and character of Jesus – and our relationship and standing with Him.

Wonderful and awesome though it may be to have the Spirit with us, there can be no real radical transformation in our lives until the Holy Spirit moves within us.”

I think the point that Selwyn is making is very important and well worth the time to repeat here, a lot of what he wrote, to maintain the context. In many conversations, especially around the time of Pentecost, you hear many different views about how the Holy Spirit works and the Spirit’s relationship to God the Father, and to the Son of God, Jesus the Christ. It’s good to have a clear and concise explanation of the kind provided by Selwyn.

Is there a particular aspect of this discussion that you would like additional information on? If, I can help, then I’m only too happy to expand on any of my general comments.