I’ve been looking at some of the things Jesus said about the Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel. Last time we were in John 14, but there is more to discover in chapter 16.
Jesus gets rather more specific about some of the things the Holy Spirit, as the helper, the advocate will do. He will convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement. Especially in this season where people say, ‘anything goes’, ‘everything is OK’, ‘no one has the right to judge me for my choices’, this conviction of the Spirit is needed. If we argue with people of this mindset with our own words, we will just be called bigoted, but if we speak what the Spirit gives us it will bring conviction of sin, the need for righteousness, and an eternal judgement to come.
Jesus understood that his disciples could not take everything in at once. They hadn’t grasped the fact that he would die and rise again, so couldn’t understand much of what Jesus wanted to teach them. But he promised this in v13: ‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.’ Because he is the Spirit of truth, he will guide us into the truth, so we need never be confused if we listen to his voice.
And there are times, as Jesus explains at the end of verse 13 that the Spirit ‘will tell you what is yet to come’. This is maybe the most obvious meaning of the prophetic when we think of the Old Testament prophets; someone who will be in touch with God, hear what God is saying about the things to come and make it known to the people. But as we have already seen, there is much more to the Holy Spirit’s working in the church than this.
And finally, in verse 14, Jesus says the Holy Spirit ‘will bring glory to me by taking of what is mine and making it known to you.’ You could say the Spirit will dip into all that is Jesus and show him to us.
It’s great to be alert to the promptings, the revelations of Jesus that the Spirit brings. It will cause us to worship, obey and find fulfilment in serving Jesus with our lives.