Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 08 April 2017
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
he Lord Jesus was turning over the continuation of His teaching of the truth to the Holy Spirit, who would dwell in His people. “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (vv. 25-26).
All these three years He had been telling His disciples the Father’s truth. But they did not fully perceive all the things He had taught them. Earlier, John spoke about this problem in John 2:2: “When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” Later, John wrote, “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead” (20:9). So it was necessary that the disciples would receive continuous help to strengthen their faith, to solidify their understanding and to boldly declare His truth.
For this reason, Jesus promised to send them a resident Teacher to dwell within and guide them in all His truth. The Spirit comes in the name of Christ; and it means that He comes in Christ’s stead.
When Christ came to this world, He came in the name of the Father. He did not carry out His ministry independently, but according to the will and power of His Father. Likewise, the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to stand in this world in the place of Christ. He desires what Christ desires, loves what Christ loves, does what Christ would do, and thus brings glory to Christ, not to Himself. God gave His truth to Christ, who gave it to the Holy Spirit, who reveals it to us. The Spirit gives nothing of Himself, seeks no glory of His own, and desires only to manifest the glory of Jesus Christ.
Where the Holy Spirit is, there is truth; and vice versa.
(Use Psalm 143:10.)