Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Spirit of Truth

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June 27, 2012

The Spirit of Truth

Read: John 16:7-15
When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. - John 16:13

Audio: John 16

Bible in One Year: Job 8-10; Acts 8:26-40

"May the force be with you." Those familiar with the Star Wars film saga recognize this famous phrase, given out as a blessing to those embarking on a critical or dangerous mission. The force, as presented in the series, is an impersonal metaphysical characteristic that empowers individuals to undertake and complete their tasks.

"The Holy Spirit will be with you," Jesus - in essence - told His disciples (John 14:16-17). It was a promise empowering them to carry out their mission (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). But the Holy Spirit is not some impersonal cosmic 'it' but a 'He' - a Person, the Third Person of the Triune God. He is "the Spirit of truth" (John 15:26, 16:13). Jesus tells of the Spirit's role. As the Spirit of truth "He will guide you into all truth. . . . [He] will tell you whatever He receives from Me" (John 16:13-15). "He will teach you" (John 14:26). How does the Spirit carry out His teaching role?

First, the Spirit moved men to write down God's Word (1 Peter 1:11-12; 2 Peter 1:19-21). The Bible is accurate, reliable and authoritative truth because it came to us under the inspiration of the Spirit of truth (2 Timothy 3:16).

Second, the Spirit convicts and convinces us of our sinfulness. He reveals that we're sinners in need of God's righteousness (John 16:8) - who is Christ crucified, resurrected and exalted (John 16:10; Acts 2:31-33, 5:30-32).

Third, the Spirit reveals the truth about Jesus, illuminating and helping us to understand the work and words of the Savior more fully (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-15). We worship the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16), believe Jesus is the truth (John 14:6) and are led by the Spirit of truth (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:25). We are people of the Truth (2 John 1:2-4; 3 John 1:3-4). - K.T.Sim

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa
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