Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It Is To Your Advantage (LS62)

          'Last Sermon of Jesus'

John 16:7 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away,the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you."
    When our Lord was on earth, all those near Him were always blessed; either they were fed, healed, comforted, set free, delivered or witnessed the many miracles He performed. They were always filled with excitements and awe at His greatness, ability, wisdom, knowledge, compassion and love.

Filled with the Holy Spirit
John 7:39;20:22 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive;for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified... And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
     In the OT, Moses, craftsmen to build the temple of God, prophets, kings, priesthood, etc. were all anointed with the Holy Spirit for empowering with spiritual gifts. When our Lord was on earth, the Jews were still the people of God and the Priesthood were His anointed servants and they were filled with the Holy Spirit to empower them in their various ministries. The disciples of Jesus then were not servants of God and therefore were not given the Holy Spirit. However, after the Jews crucified our Lord Jesus, they lost their position as children/people/servants of God (temple's veil was torn). After His resurrection, He anointed His disciples with the Holy Spirit.
Note:- All those filled with the Holy Spirit are empowered with spiritual gifts. Some of these are:- gifts of healing, tongues, word of wisdom, ability to cast out demons, etc

Holy Spirit - the Helper
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
    Because we have loved our Lord Jesus by keeping His words and commands, He will baptize us with the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of truth, Who becomes our Helper. The Helper with teach us all things so that we will know and understand the Father, His will, words, ways, attributes, etc. and also the knowledge of the glory and riches of His kingdom.

John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."
    The Helper or Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth so that we are set free from the love of this world and the things therein, including its lusts.
Note:- All those baptized with the Holy Spirit bear the fruit of the Spirit

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
    The Helper will help us crucify our old man and transform us into His image to become His bride.

Brethren, don't stay as children with just the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but be baptized with the Holy Spirit by Jesus. Once the Holy Spirit becomes our Helper, we will be able to understand His words, will, work, ways, pleasure, etc. What joy it will be when we can understand end time signs and events so that we do not need to fear the false prophecies or speculations of unlearned pastors anymore. If anyone cannot comprehend the end time prophecies, then our Lord Jesus has not yet baptized him with the Holy Spirit.