The Ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 14-16)
John 14:21, A vicious circle can become a victorious circle!
We are not victims. We are victors through our victorious Saviour. This victory is brought to us by the Spirit, the Comforter, the Encourager, the Helper. He helps us to love Jesus and keep His commandments (John 14:15). He is our Teacher. “He teaches us all things”. He teaches us all that we need to know if we are to go on loving Jesus and keeping His commandments. “He testifies of Jesus” (John 15:26), and He gives us power to testify for Jesus (John 15:27). He glorifies Jesus (John 16:14). He creates in us love for Jesus. He produces in us obedience to Jesus. He reminds us of the things that Jesus said (John 15:26). He guides us into all truth, speaking to us the Word that He hears (John 16:13).
How does the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus in our lives?
He teaches us to reject the way of sin (John 16:9).
He teaches us to choose the way of righteousness (John 16:10).
He teaches us to go the way of Jesus, the way of salvation, not the way of judgment (John 16:11).
He is the Holy Spirit. God forgives sin. He also hates sin, especially the sin of unbelief (John 16:9). The Holy Spirit leads us out of unbelief. He leads us to put our faith in Christ.
Choosing the way of righteousness will mean rejecting the way of Pharisaism
It will mean rejecting the way of sin and choosing the way of righteousness, choosing to walk in the way of salvation. Through the Holy Spirit, we receive power. We do not stand against Satan, “the prince of this world” (John 16:11), in our own strength. We stand against him in the mighty victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.