Jesus teaches powerful principles in these three chapters about how the Holy Ghost will work in our lives. A brief aside, both the terms Ghost and Spirit are used interchangeably in English Bibles. Acts 2:4 contains both words, and both come from the same Greek root, pneuma. If you’re more comfortable using one term instead of the other, either is fine.
If you have ever experienced the infilling of the Holy Ghost as the believers in Acts 2, you too know what a revolutionary moment that is in life! Feeling the wonderful power of God, fill you and from out of your belly, rivers of living water flowing is an amazing moment!
The real power of that experience is how it changes our lives after that moment. What a tragedy if we limit the experience to that moment, and fail to allow it to become a part of every day of our life. In the discourse recorded in these chapters, Jesus teaches four powerful principles about the daily work of the Holy Ghost in our lives.
PRINCIPLE 1 – Abides with you forever.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:15-17
Jesus comes to live inside you forever! A Friend that will stick even closer than a brother. A Heavenly Father who will love with a perfect love, provide all that you need, and never abandon you. This presence of God in your life cannot be matched by anything else in the world. The disciple were told they would recognize this Spirit, because He had dwelt with them, but now would dwell in them. The world can’t receive Him, because they can’t see Him. Revelation will precede reception. Once you receive Him, the journey to truly knowing Him begins. A sometimes uncomfortable aspect of the Holy Ghost abiding forever is that He doesn’t abide just at church on Sunday, or ministry conference, or Bible camp. Sometimes that’s inconvenient to our flesh, when we would rather hide the fleshly/carnal desires, actions, and words. Our hunger and thirst for His presence will make the Holy Ghost welcome in our lives and be invite Him to abide in us.
Principle 2 – Will teach you all things.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
The Master Teacher comes to take residence in our lives to instruct us in every area of our lives. He will guide us in every human relationship in our home, as an employee or employer, instruct us as citizens and ministers. The Holy Ghost is a very personal Help Desk, Who you should have on the line (Old School reference) at all times. Praying without ceasing. Not only will the Comforter teach us all things, He will supernaturally bring to our remembrance what we need for a particular moment.
The Word we’ve read, heard preached or taught will come to mind at just the right time.
Principle 3 – Will testify of Jesus.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26,27
Dear Beloved Believer, there are many spirits in the world. There are some who have come preaching another Jesus. We are cautioned to try the spirits (I John 4:1). It doesn’t matter how powerful a spiritual experience may have been, if it contradicts the Word of God it must not sway us or blow us off course. In the beginning the Word was with God and was God; the Word made the world, and the Word became flesh. Everything from the Holy Ghost will bear witness with the Word. We are compelled to grow in experience and in knowledge. Growth lacking that balance is unstable.
Principle 4 – The flesh must go for the Spirit to come.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7
Jesus example teaches us, you can’t fulfill the work of the Spirit in your flesh. Just as Jesus could not be in them and with them; you and I can’t be in the flesh and in the Spirit. The following verses from Romans 8 further expound on this;
- 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
- 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
- 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
We are finite vessels. More can’t be poured into us, until something is poured out. The only way the Holy Ghost can increase in our lives is if we will decrease. What a Treasure we have the honor of carrying in this earthen vessel. I pray your day and life is filled with the wonderful Holy Ghost!!
Let’s go be great for God!