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.”
Secondly The Holy Spirit is the reminder of all that Jesus spoke to them.
When I was coming to the point of taking exams, like many others, I tried various ways that would help me to recall what I had learnt, so that when I got into the exam room I was able to recollect what I had been learning.
I never found this an easy procedure, indeed there was no substitute for the hard work of repeatedly writing things down until they became a fixture in my mind.
The disciples were not going to take an exam in order to carry on the ministry of Jesus. Thankfully we do not have to take exams in order for us to become followers of Jesus. It is true that the process of learning and exams can be helpful in particular areas of service for Jesus, but that is not required for our salvation.
The reality of what Jesus was telling the disciples was that the presence of the Holy Spirit within them would not only mean that He would teach them, but that He would also remind them of what Jesus had already told them.
I am constantly amazed that the promptings of the Holy Spirit often lead me to words of Scriptures that I have previously read and learnt, to some degree. Sometimes His promptings come through the voice of another person, who will speak a word of Scripture that is pertinent for a particular situation.
These promptings of the Holy Spirit are a real blessing, because it means that we are not reliant on our own frail memories.
We all know that as we advance in years we do not always find it easy to remember things. The great thing is that the Holy Spirit within us is not restricted to our ability to remember something that we may have heard. He is able to implant into our minds things not only what we have previously learnt, but also the things that Jesus may have previously told us.
Therefore, it is vitally important that we appreciate the presence of the Holy Spirit within us.