Did you know that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all work together as One to bring us into our destiny? Growing up, I did not really understand how they all three worked together for a common purpose. What I have discovered in Jesusí teachings in John Chapter 16, will give an insight of how all three work together for our good.
Before Jesusí departure, he made it clear to his disciples that unless he left the earth, the Helper would not come. I am not sure the disciples saw the whole picture. Jesus went on to explain that the Helper is the Spirit: the very Spirit of God. Jesus not only came from the Father, but so did the Holy Spirit. Their origin was not from the dust of the ground like manís origin, instead they came forth from God himself.
Jesus said that all that the Father has is his and the Helper will take those things and declare it to us, his followers. John 16:15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. While Jesus was on the earth, his devotion was to his Heavenly Father. He had no fear of man because his desire to please God was greater than his desire to woo man. We can read about Jesusí devotion to God by his commitment to serve others, speak to God in prayer and even his death on the Cross. He pointed man to the Father encouraging them to obey Godís commands and displaying Godís love for humanity through his compassion. Jesusí focus was not to bring glory to himself, but to his Father.
Jesus made way for the Spirit to dwell with man. He reminded the disciples to wait for him to arrive. We are told in v. 13 that the Spirit will not even speak on his own, but he only speaks what he first hears from above. The Spirit becomes our Helper by pointing us to Jesus. He reminds us of Jesusí teachings. 13But 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. The more we yield to the Spirit of God, the more we will be like Jesus because he enables us to live like Jesus lived. We cannot live pleasing to God without the Spiritís leading in our lives. The Spirit will not override your own human will. Yet, if we yield to the Spirit, then he will instruct, guide and lead us in the way that God desires us to live. The more we surrender to him the less our will can take over. The more we yield to our own will, the less control the Spirit will have in our lives.
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