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Topic: Our Mutual Friend (not about the book) (09/15/11)
TITLE: My Friend GUS
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The Holy Spirit is the most powerful force in the universe (Matthew 28:18). The key verse is John 14:16: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. The word “comforter” can mean helper, friend, one who encourages and supports. The word “another” implies someone just like me. In other words, Jesus was saying that God was going to send someone just like himself in the form of a spirit to take his place, be his replacement. We have to assume that Jesus meant that the Spirit was coming to do for believers today the same kinds of things that he did for his friends during his sojourn on this earth some two thousand years ago.
So we should from time to time remind ourselves of some of the things Jesus did for Peter, John, James and the others: he provided for them (Matthew 16:8-9); he protected them (John 17:12); he challenged them (Matthew 10:7-8; 28:19-20); he used supernatural power to help them solve their problems (Mark 4:39). he taught them how to relate to each other (Matthew 5 – 7); and he gave them time for conversation and fellowship (Mark 6;30-31). Jesus was the personal friend of his followers, but we have to acknowledge that this marvelous relationship was not available to everyone, only to those who were the friends of Jesus.
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