The Disciples saw Jesus operate under the influence of the Holy Spirit as John 3:34 says; “Jesus had the Spirit without limit!”
No doubt they thought, I wish I could do that, but it’s only because Jesus is the Son of God. That’s how God used Him because He’s God.
Jesus said, that’s not it. You too are going to be filled! And the closer Jesus came to leaving, the more He talked about the coming Spirit. At His Last Supper He said. “I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12 GW). Then he said, “If you ask me to do something, I will do it. If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever” (John 14:16-17 GW).
And in John 15:26 he promised a helper: “The helper whom I will send to you from the Father will come. This helper, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, will declare the truth about me” (GW). Also in John 16:7 he said he had to go: “I am telling you the truth: It’s good for you that I’m going away. If I don’t go away, the helper won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (GW).
I like the ESV: “I tell you the truth, it is TO YOUR ADVANTAGE …”
There are so many different ways the Holy Spirit desires to provide us with an advantage.
- He baptizes us.
- He renews our spirit.
- He gives us the power to live holy. He reveals God’s Word.
- He imparts spiritual gifts and then He anoints as to excel in our gifts.
- He indwells us, fills us, leads us, empowers us.
- He fills our mouth with words from God, sets us free from the bondage of sin, reveals truth in every situation, prophesies to us and through us, gives us power over the devil, and reveals all things concerning Christ.
That is by no means a complete list of all that He does!
Are you experiencing the advantage that the Holy Spirit has for us?
Ask yourself, are you better off as a result of His work in you?
Do you utilize His power in your everyday, walking around life?
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