Last time I said that God is revealed in the Bible as Three in One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. The Father is not the Son, the Father is not the Holy Spirit, they are Three Persons in One.
I said that is hard to understand but that we don’t understand God by our rational mind, we understand God by revelation, and by revelation of the Holy Spirit, and by revelation in the Word of God.
And the Word of God makes it clear that God is indeed Three Persons in One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We saw also last time that Jesus taught, particularly in the passage in John 14 through John 16, that He was going to depart from them and then send the Holy Spirit. And that the Holy Spirit would dwell in them.
And that by the Holy Spirit, He, Jesus, would also be dwelling in us, He will come to us.
John 14 to 16 teaching to the disciples, Jesus says:
Jesus promises the disciples there that He’s going to go away but He’s also going to send them another helper, the Holy Spirit.
In Greek it’s the parakletos, the ‘one who comes alongside us’, One who is going to abide with you forever.
He’s going to be in you, He’s going to dwell with you, and be in you. That’s a promise which God is giving to the disciples of Jesus and it’s a promise which applies to us today.
The promise means that we can have God dwelling in us by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus the Messiah.
John 16.7 says:
Jesus going away meant that He was leaving His physical presence here on the earth, and although it was wonderful to have Jesus present on the earth, the problem with that was that the only way you could get into the presence of God through Jesus was if you were actually, physically, in the same place as He was.
It wouldn’t have helped you if you were in London or in any other part of the ‘ends of the earth’ because you needed to be present with Jesus to hear His words.
Now, He’s going away, He’s going to send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit can be with you wherever you are, all over the earth.
Now, Jesus is able to be with you here in London, in Israel, in Africa, in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, wherever you are, Jesus is able to come to you by the Holy Spirit and to dwell in you.
Therefore, Jesus says it’s your advantage that I go away; if I go away, I can then send the Holy Spirit to dwell in you and to be with you.
The characteristics of Christ in you by the Holy Spirit which He goes on to tell you in John’s Gospel are that:
He’s going to lead you into all Truth. The Holy Spirit will lead you into the Truth of God’s Word and His will for your life.
He also says He will glorify Jesus. That is, the work of the Holy Spirit is going to be always to glorify the Lord Jesus, not to glorify Himself.
He also says that He will convict of sin, and righteousness, and judgment.
Wherever there is a genuine work of the Holy Spirit, It will never glorify the Spirit Himself, nor will It glorify the preacher, It will always glorify the Lord Jesus.
And the Holy Spirit will never justify sin or unrighteousness because the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of sin, and to bring us to repentance, and to following the Lord in a new life in righteousness.
We also saw last week that Jesus promised in Acts chapter 1, in His last words to the disciples before He was taken up into Heaven, that they would be baptized or ‘be filled’ with the Holy Spirit.
Note that, at this time, the disciples were already believers in Jesus. They were already committed to following Him. They were disciples in the True Word. They were following Him; they had denied themselves and taken up the cross themselves to follow Him. They already believed that He was risen from the dead.
Yet, He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they were baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts chapter 1 verse 5:
Jesus has been with the disciples for 40 days after the resurrection, and He makes this promise to them. He tells them actually to wait in Jerusalem. And that, after a period of time, the Holy Spirit is going to come upon them and that they’re then going to be witnesses to Him, beginning in Jerusalem where they were, then in Judea and Samaria, the area around Jerusalem, and then, to the ends of the earth, which was the program for the Church Age: that the Gospel should be taken from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria and then, to the ends of the earth.
We who are sitting here, at what was, as far as the writers of the New Testament were concerned, ‘the ends of the earth’, here in London, can praise God that we have received this message which has gone on been preached for the last two thousand years almost.
This promise of Jesus happened on the day of Pentecost.