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02/08/2013

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The Work of the Holy Spirit


"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever ----- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees or knows him, for he lives with you and will be in you" (Jn.14:16-17).

Though it was difficult for them to accept, Jesus told His disciples that it would be to their advantage for Him to go away. After leaving them, He could send them a parakletos... That is the Greek word that Jesus used here for the Holy Spirit... Although the original KJV translates it as comforter, other versions translate it better. The other words used are: Helper... Counselor... Advocate... Friend.... Jesus makes a wonderful comparison of Himself to the Holy Spirit in today's verse. Jesus would be with them for only a short time, but the Helper would be with them forever. Other than this, the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit could not be separated. Since much of the world did not place its faith in Jesus, today's verse tells us that it would not comprehend the Holy Spirit either. The Holy Spirit would continually dwell within the apostles, and as the Spirit of truth, it would guide them in all ways. With the Spirit in them, the apostles could and would guide others to Jesus. The church would be formed with the Spirit inspired apostles building it upon the solid rock that is Jesus Christ. They would be able to take the lost and lead them into obedience... Sinners would be able to grasp hold of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit would convict the world of three immutable things.... Those three things are sin, righteousness, and judgement... They would have to know that sin spreads misery into the world and separates people from God. On the opposite side is the righteousness of God. People would need to strive for that...Finally, the Spirit will convince the world that one day it will be called into judgement. The Holy Spirit will get us on the right side of that if we allow Him... God's plan is great and it works... The Holy Spirit keeps it working...

Have a wonderful day... Make your part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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