“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (Jn 16:12-13)
One of the characteristics of a spiritual maturity is intimately knowing the Person of God the Holy Spirit. Each scripture that refers to the Holy Spirit should be studied and prayed upon. Here, the Lord Jesus Christ is telling His disciples about His death on the Cross and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The first thing you observe is that the Holy Spirit helps us to ‘bear’ the Word of God which is Truth. Truth is ‘bitter’ as they say. Truth is too heavy to carry. It means that without the Holy Spirit’s help, we are not able to ‘bear’ the truth. The devil will use this weakness in us to offer lies and deceptions which are easy to bear but deadly at last. Do not take the devil’s ‘easy way’!
In Greek, the word ‘bear’ means to lift up from the foundation, to patiently endure under pressure without breaking or backsliding. It means to carry a heavy load and move on with it. It means to be able to continue thru pain, trials and difficulties; to successfully overcome the tendency to avoid or resist the load God gives me to carry. The Holy Spirit helps me to carry my cross daily and to follow Jesus free from anger or bitterness when truth is revealed. This is great achievement and spiritual fruitful maturity.
How does the Holy Spirit help me to bear the truth and successfully pass thru these trials of faith? He does that by three methods: 1. By guiding me into all truth; 2. By glorifying Jesus to me and 3. By telling me about things to come in the future! Nobody can do these things for me except the Holy Spirit. In His absence I will not know the truth, I will be deceived, I will not be able to see and worship Jesus and I will be hopelessly ignorant about my future. Without the Holy Spirit I will be a failure, always depressed and foolish.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He never lies and He never deceives. He uses truth to lead the way ahead. Each revelation of truth is a stepping stone to move on, closer to God and to your fulfillment in life. In Greek the word ‘truth’ means something that is not secret, not hidden. Truth is revelation. A lie is the opposite. It is a veil set upon the truth so that you will be blind to the truth. The Holy Spirit comes and unveils the truth so that you can see it and move on. That is why truth and light are twins. Hand in hand, by the power of the Holy Spirit, they guide you to the presence of God.
Remember that we are born sinners. We are spiritually blind unable to see the truth. All we see are just veils that cover things. That is why you pray for your eyes to be open, for God’s light to come and remove the darkness, the veil of deception that covers the truth. That is why you need the Holy Spirit! Prayer: “Send out Your light and Your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You live” (Ps 43:3)
The Holy Spirit will help you to ‘bear’ the truth. He will help you know Jesus Christ. He will help you to move on in life. You cannot make progress in ignorance and darkness. The Holy Spirit will help you to see your future, which is designed by God to be wonderful. ‘Christ in us, the Hope of glory!’ He is the Spirit of hope and joy. If you are not saved, please pray: “Dear Father God, please forgive my sins. Receive me as Your child. Jesus Christ, be my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name I pray, amen!” If you are saved already then pray: “Holy Spirit fill me! Open my spiritual eyes that I may see the Lord Jesus! Help me to see the truth that sets me free! In Jesus name I pray, amen!”
A final note: It is a pity that on Facebook you see a lot of trash, much even religious nonsense. People read these things and they assume that just my writing ‘like’ to a prayer, it means that they have prayed. Do not be deceived! Please take the Word of God seriously! More than bread for a hungry man and more than medicine for the sick, the Word of God is your life. My prayer today: “Holy Spirit help me to write, to encourage others and help them to read, believe and worship God! In Jesus name I pray, amen!”