In Sunday School this morning I facilitated a discussion on the person and works of the Holy Spirit. We limited our study to Jesus’ words in the Upper Room Discourse (John 14-16). To believers, the Holy Spirit (14:26)–the Spirit of Truth (14:17, 15:26, 16:13)–is the promised paraclete (Greek word that we translate into English as advocate, comforter, counselor or helper). His arrival and ministry were promised by Jesus (Jn. 14:16) and, at the perfect time, He was sent by the Father (Acts 2:1-4 [see Jn. 14:16 26, 26]). I shared with the class this morning that the concept of intimacy grabbed my attention as I meditated upon the Spirit of God. We all (Christians) understand that God is everywhere (this is the doctrine of God’s omnipresence). Although God is not in everything, He is everywhere present. We also know that Jesus is “the Word became flesh” (Jn. 1:14). While He walked the planet, He was Immanuel–God with us (Mt. 1:23)! But now Jesus is in heaven. We long for His return, but we remain grateful for what He is doing in the present! Meanwhile, we are not left as orphans (Jn. 14:18)! The same Holy Spirit who dramatically appeared to the disciples in Jerusalem descends upon all of us at the moment of salvation! He comes to abide with those He makes alive (Jn. 14:17)! Even better–He moves in (Jn. 14:17)! God indwells His children! Now that’s amazing! Believers in my theological camp (Reformed Baptist, Presbyterian) tend to focus more of our attention on God the Father and God the Son. I think that practice is appropriate (“He [Spirit] will glorify Me [Son]” [Jn. 16:14]). However, I think that it is also appropriate to pause and meditate upon this amazing paraclete. God is in us! God is for us!
Timeless Truths: An Amazing Paraclete