We have a Helper!
by Marlin Caddell
April 13, 2016, 5:02pm
John 16:4-15: “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is Judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
I love the description of the Holy Spirit as a Helper to us, because I know I certainly need Him!
When we look at the commands of Scripture on our lives, it can seem absolutely overwhelming to obey. How stressful could it be that we are supposed to see our lives conformed to the image of Christ? Thank God He didn’t just send us out on our own. The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in us (Romans 8:11).
We don’t just have God working all things out for our good and God’s glory on the outside (Romans 8:28). We have the Holy Spirit living inside our hearts, doing a work to transform our minds and our desires! Since it is the Holy Spirit doing the work, we can trust that He will be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6). This is the only way that Jesus could say in verse 6 that it is better for Him to leave than to stay.
Just like Jeremy talked about on Sunday, people can get very weirded out very quickly when we start talking about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Some in the Church have made the Holy Spirit so mystical when the Scriptures give us the clear role of the Holy Spirit — to point us toward Christ (John 16:14).
When we read God’s Word, the Holy Spirit “illuminates” our hearts so we can see and understand it correctly (John 14:26). When we pray, the Holy Spirit helps us to know how to pray and what to pray (Romans 8:26-27). When we talk to our friends and neighbors and co-workers about the Gospel, the Holy Spirit gives us the words we need to say (Luke 12:11-12). Not only that, the Holy Spirit is the one drawing men and women to repent and trust in Christ (Titus 3:4-7). No one can trust Christ without the work of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3).
The gifts the Holy Spirit gives to believers is to build up the Church (the community of people in all times and all places who have trusted in Christ for salvation). What does building up the Church do? It brings glory to Christ (1 Corinthians 12).
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to have seminary degrees or be highly educated to know Christ and love Christ.
- We can read the Scriptures ourselves since the Holy Spirit will help us.
- We can pray ourselves since the Holy Spirit will help us.
- We can tell other people about Jesus because the Holy Spirit will help us know what to say.
- We can serve in the Church because the Holy Spirit has given us gifts and abilities.
- We can obey Jesus because the Holy Spirit has given us power to obey.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, I can finally, truly, rest!