John 16:12-14 holds precious promises for us for which I am thankful. Jesus spoke to the disciples at the last supper prior to His crucifixion. “12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
These encouraging words show Jesus’ compassion for the disciples. He knew that they were not in the right place and time to hear about things that were to happen sooner and later too. He promised that the Spirit of Truth would come and guide them when the time was right. The Truth from Jesus would be given, revealed to us in time by His Holy Spirit. Acts 2 records the arrival of the Holy Spirit with power to indwell so that the words and truths of Jesus are available to all who believe. I love the promise of the Holy Spirit which will guide me, reveal things from God the Father and Son and declare to me the things of Jesus now and in the future.
Are these promises cause for rejoicing and thanksgiving? You Bet! The Holy Spirit brings Christ into me and makes me a part of Him. Though His Holy Spirit we can study His Word and know truths in our hearts about Jesus. We can be assured of the truth of His Words and promises. No doubt, No fear through the power of His Spirit that lives within. Romans 8:15-17 tells us how we can know for sure, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,” His Spirit lives within each believer assuring them in heart, mind and soul that they belong to Him. Praise God!
Be thankful today that you belong to Him, His Spirit indwells you, His Spirit guides you and gives you insights into His truths. Rejoice in the richness of your inheritance as a child of God!
Chapter 3 of Ephesians begins with Paul telling us that he is a minister for Christ among the Gentiles, and that he is charged with presenting the mystery of the gospel. This mystery was not fully known or understood until Christ came bringing His message of redemption for all. It was not completely exposeduntil the coming of the Holy Spirit which would indwell and empower believers to spread the gospel to all mankind. Paul’s instruction about the mystery of God’s plan ends with Ephesians 3:6, “And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.”
A few salient truths emerge in this verse: God’s plan is open to everyone, the message of being in God’s family through faith in Jesus is Good News!, as the family of God we are all in this together as His children (brothers and sisters in Christ), and we all can share in the blessing promised to us by Jesus (salvation, heavenly home, indwelling Holy Spirit, access to the Father, justification, sanctification, …..). What a glorious list of truths that we can know and be assured of through our faith in Jesus. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we are part of God’s family plan that is filled with His blessings in Christ. The mystery of God’s plans for redeeming mankind are yes in Christ!
Let these truths impact your life today as you speak with others and seek to serve them in the name of Christ. Here is a great verse to remind us of the blessings we have in Christ from Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,”
Have a wonderful day!
P.S. Please pray for the health and safety of the people of the world and that this crisis will turn many to Christ as their source of hope and life.
Today as I reflect on Psalm 119 for the last time, I am looking at the list I made of just a few of the things the psalmist found. This glorious psalm is a song of praise to God and a declaration of the psalmist’s faith in God Almighty.
He found: joy in seeking God,2 “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” a way to purity, 11 “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” answers for living, 32 “I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding.” answers for persecutors,42 “Then I can answer those who taunt me,comfort and hope, 49-50 “Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. for I trust in your word.” security,86 “All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.”meditations that bring understanding, 103-4 “How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life.” guidance, 105 “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” a shield and refuge, 114 “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope”resolve to stand with the right, 128 “Each of your commandments is right. That is why I hate every false way.” expectations, 131 “I pant with expectation, longing for your commands.” sorrow over evil,136 “Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your instructions.” God’s righteousness,137 “O Lord, you are righteous, and your regulations are fair.”truth,160 The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever. “the Sovereignty of God, 168 “Yes, I obey your commandments and lawsbecause you know everything I do.”that God seeks the lost, 176 “I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands.”
This is an amazing list of things the psalmist understood because he believed in God and took His Word seriously. How precious is God’s Word to you? Meditate on this list of things the psalmist found- how many of them can you claim to have found in God’s Word? Seek Him in His Word and see what you find.