* The Holy Spirit is “the Helper” (John 14:16).
How does He help us? What does He help us to do?
He helps us to love Jesus. He helps us to keep Jesus’ commandments (John 14:15).
* The Holy Spirit “will teach you all things” (John 14:26).
This doesn’t mean that we will know everything about everything. He will teach us all that we need to know if we are to go on loving Jesus and keeping His commandments.
* The Holy Spirit “will testify of Jesus Christ” (John 15:26). The Holy Spirit “will glorify Jesus Christ, for He will take of what is Christ’s and declare it to you” (John 16:14).
The Holy Spirit has this purpose – to create, in us, love for Jesus, and to produce, in us, obedience to Jesus.
He does this by speaking to us the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ: “He will … bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 15:26), “When the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
We won’t know everything about everything, but we will grow in our love for Jesus and our obedience to Him.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is centred on speaking Jesus’ Word – “whatever He hears, He will speak” (John 15:13) and glorifying Jesus – “He will glorify Me” (John 15:14).
* How does the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus in our lives?
He teaches us to reject the way of sin, just as Jesus rejected the way of sin (John 16:9).
He teaches us to choose the way of righteousness, just as Jesus chose the way of righteousness (John 16:10).
He teaches to go Jesus’ way – the way of salvation, and not the world’s way – the way of judgment (John 16:11).
* We must always remember that He is the Holy Spirit.
We rejoice in God’s gift to us – the forgiveness of our sins, and we must also share God’s hatred of sin.
The fact that God has forgiven our sins doesn’t mean that we can live any way we like. We are to live the way God wants us to live. We are to learn to hate sin, the way Jesus hated sin. We have come to Christ for forgiveness. We must now live for him in righteousness.
* What does it mean to choose the way of righteousness?
This sounds very much like the pious self-righteousness of the Pharisees, but it’s not.
What we have here is a day-by-day decision for Christ: “O happy day that fixed my choice on Thee, my Saviour and my God … High heaven that heard the solemn vow, that vow renewed shall daily hear.”
A truly righteous life is not self-righteousness of the Pharisees. It’s a life that’s centred on Christ.
When are lives are truly centred on Christ, we will discover, in ever-increasing depth, the truth of His promise: “Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled, will be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).
* To reject the way of sin and choose the way of righteousness is to walk in the way of salvation. This is the narrow way, which is contrasted with the world’s way. It is the way which leads to heaven (Matthew 7:13-14).
There are two ways we can live – the Lord’s way and the world’s way. Which way are you going – the way to life or the way to destruction?
Choose Christ now. If you have already chosen Him, renew your commitment to Him now.