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Daily Reading: 19th July 2015

John 14.25-26 cont.

25 I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you.

26 But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and will remind you of everything that I have told you.”

Let us remind ourselves of the meaning of ‘comforter’. In the original language it has a much stronger meaning than in modern day English. It is translated with various words, such as: advocate; comforter; counsellor; helper; paraclete. (see verse 16).

In that verse Jesus said that He was the one who would call on the Father to send the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said that the Father will send the Holy Spirit in His name. Jesus was about to leave them, and the Holy Spirit was going to come upon them.

They had had the divine presence of Jesus for three years, they were about to experience the divine presence of the Holy Spirit, and His presence is with us for ever.

Jesus was telling them that, although He was leaving them they were not going to be bereft of knowing God amongst them. The same is true for us; the Holy Spirit within us is the presence of the Father and the Son within us.

Paul put it this way:

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all – 2 Corinthians 13.13 (NLT). These were the final words of his letter to the Corinthian Church, and they are words that we refer to as the ‘grace’.

Let us remember that when we say these words to one another we are really praying for the presence of God to be within each of us. They are words that are the fulfilment of what Jesus promised to His disciples and all who receive Him as their Lord and Saviour.

Today let us realize again that we are not alone, God is not absent from us. Indeed He is with us every moment of every day through the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, John could write: the One in you is greater than the one who is in the world – 1 John 1.4.

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