“Spirit Of Truth Guide Me Into All Truth!”
I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear…” (Jn.16:12-15). Before making this statement Jesus had been teaching nonstop (see Jn.13:31ff).
In this generation one simply has to go to google to reach out for what has been forgotten. Before now the best reference for reminders was to go back to class notes.
“Knowledge is recollection;” in this sense you keep probing the learner until the learner recognises what was always there.
A teacher will not always be there with the student. The student will not also always be going back to the class notes. Mere intuition cannot help the student to remember everything.
When we consider all these it begins to be clearer why Jesus told the disciples that he did not want to tell them much more than they could bear. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” You won’t have to go to google or class notes before “remembering.”
The Bible is our reference book, but this is only temporarily. From it we know what to do and what not to do. Doing what has to be done or not doing what shouldn’t be done is now the work of the Spirit who speaks what he hears and tells us of what is to come.
Whatever the Holy Spirit does, he brings the glory back to Jesus by taking what is Jesus’ and making it known to us.
We see here the complete unity of the persons of the Holy Trinity. Jesus explains, “All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I say the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”
The Holy Spirit does not own the right to all the truths he guides us into. He takes from Jesus Christ and what Jesus has is from the Father. This is why we pray to the Father saying “through Jesus Christ your son our Lord who lives and reigns together with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit…” When we address the Holy Spirit in prayer, it must be that he plays the role of a transmitter. Even in his own right it is in so far as he receives from Christ. When we address it to Jesus Christ it means we understand that what belongs to the Father is his as well and when we pray direct to the Father it means Christ is an intecessor. The Holy Spirit makes this known to us as he guides us into all truth. Jesus highlights this unity in his prayer for unity in John chapter seventeen. May we strive to be as united as the Trinity.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ let the Spirit of truth guide me into all truth. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!