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"'I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.
"He will glorify me because it is from me that He will receive what He will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what He will make known to you.'" John 16:12-16 NIV.
Hallelujah for the Holy Spirit!
Jesus had such confidence in the Holy Spirit that He could anticipate His departure with the knowledge that He, His unique and intimate partner in the work of salvation, would most competently carry on where He left off. In the emotional state His disciples were in at that moment, most of what He was telling them was probably lost to them. They could not cope with the revelation, but the Holy Spirit in them after Pentecost, would be the supreme teacher of the truth they could not at that moment bear.
It is difficult for us to conceive of the closeness between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Everything that belongs to the Father is at the disposal of the Son and the Son, in turn, makes every truth and every resource that the Father owns, available to us through the Holy Spirit. Although the disciples may not have grasped even that, their failure to understand would not negate the truth Jesus was telling them. It would all become clear when the Holy Spirit came.
What did that mean to the disciples then and what does it mean to us now? We may not grasp, believe or accept the truth that we are everything to the Father just as His Son Jesus is. He has made us equal to the Son. "In this world,” said the apostle John, "we are like Jesus." 1 John 4:17b. "Now if we are children of God, then we are heirs -- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ," declared the apostle Paul (Romans 8:17). According to the writer to the Hebrews, "Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters." Hebrews 2:11 NIV.
But how can this overwhelming revelation become reality to us? Only as we are willing to set aside our suspicions about God and our reservations about what He has said about us, can we embrace unreservedly the magnitude of what Jesus has done for us through the cross.
Jesus promised His disciples, and us through them, that He would send the Holy Spirit and that He would make known to us every truth about Jesus and every resource of the Father for us as we can bear them. Why then are so many believers of many years still in spiritual kindergarten, unable to move on to spiritual maturity and certainly unable to bear witness to the new life Jesus gave us through His death?
Transformation only comes to us through the renewing of our minds. As we think, so we are. Until we are prepared to fill our minds with truth from the Word of God instead of absorbing what comes from the world, the flesh and the devil, we will remain spiritual "spaghetti", unable to stand up and become who we are.
The apostle Paul used the word "count" which is an accounting term. Write it in the credit column of who you are -- sons and daughters, heirs and equal to Jesus as His brothers and sisters -- and live as though it were true because it is. The debit column has been erased. It no longer exists. "He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2:13b-14 NIV.
"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that was will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Romans 6:8-11 NIV.
Not only are we alive to God but we are also alive to everything He has made available to us in His Son, and the Holy Spirit administers to us all His resources as we receive them by faith.
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