The Comforter Has Come
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. ~John 16:13
The Godhead is the name that describes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three members of the Godhead are equally eternal, equally God, equally essential, and equally powerful. The member of the Godhead Who is most misunderstood is the blessed Holy Spirit. Jesus introduces the Holy Spirit as the “Comforter” or “Paraclete.” “Paraclete” means to come to the side or aid of another person. This morning, let us thank the Lord for the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us rejoice that the Comforter has come.
We see the comforting ANNOUNCEMENT.
The disciples were sorrowing that the Lord Jesus would be leaving them to go to Heaven. Even though He was preparing them, they had a difficult time understanding everything that was happening. It was at this juncture that Jesus comforted their hearts by announcing the fellowship and function of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer. He has come to indwell, influence, and empower every believer. If a man does not have the Holy Spirit, he is not saved (Rom. 8:9). What a comfort the announcement of the Lord made regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit!
We see the confident ANTICIPATION.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place….And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance,” Acts 2:1, 4. The members of the church at Jerusalem waited with great anticipation for the Holy Spirit to come. He came during a prayer meeting in an upper room. These believers were fulfilling Luke 11:13 where it says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” He came as they were joined together in unity and accord. There was no discord or division as they waited. He came as they waited in faith and surrender. Even though the Holy Spirit indwells every believer at the moment of conversion, as a church body we must remember the Holy Spirit works best among us when we are united.
We see the complete ANOINTING.
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him,” I John 2:27. This anointing brings the Spirit’s power and enablement into our lives. First, as our teacher, He guides us into all truth. He gives us understanding and discernment concerning the Word of God. What was previously difficult becomes understandable to us. Second, He reproves us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He convicts of sin and the necessity of not wasting our time and life. His entire ministry is centered on glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ.
We see a careless ANNULMENT.
“Quench not the Spirit,” I Thess. 5:19. The quenching of the Holy Spirit occurs when we are careless and negligent concerning our relationship with Him. When we become critical to preaching, abandon having a thankful attitude, and become absent in praying, we are putting out the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We do not lose the indwelling, but we sorely limit His enablement.
The Comforter has come! Be thankful for His indwelling, but be also consumed with a desire for His power and control in your life.
Have a Spirit-anointed God Morning!