13 When He comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will lead you into all the truth; for He will not speak of His own accord, but whatever things He hears He will speak, and He will announce to you the things that are to come.
Anticipation is something that we all do. There are many things that we anticipate with feelings of excitement, such as embarking on a new career, getting married, moving house. Children anticipate Christmas times, eager to see what they are to receive.
There are some things that we anticipate with feelings of concern as we are unsure how things will work out.
The disciples of Jesus must have had feelings of anticipation that were both concerning, and exciting.
Their anticipation of Jesus leaving them would have been deeply concerning to them, since everything was about to change.
However, Jesus was leading them to anticipate the coming of the Holy Spirit. There was no doubt that He was coming. He had not yet come, because Jesus had not yet gone through His suffering and exaltation. However, Jesus assures them that He was coming, and He begins to tell them something of what He would do.
1 Leading us into the truth.
The disciples had had the Truth with them, since Jesus is the Truth. Every word that Jesus had spoken to them was the truth, and these words were true, assuring them of the coming of the Holy Spirit. They are true for us today.
Truth is vitally important for us, especially the truth as it is revealed in God’s word, the Bible. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us into the revealed truth of God as we find it in the Bible.
When the Bible was organized into what we have today, it was by men who were full of faith and the Holy Spirit. He guided those men to include all that we have in the Bible, The council of Laodicea AD 363.
Our reading of the Bible is vital for everyone of us, because as we read it and listen to it the Holy Spirit will lead us into the truth of what God is saying to us.
When John wrote his gospel and his letters there was some false teachers around. They were men who did not adhere to the truth of Jesus. They were called Gnostics. They added things to God’s word. They taught things that were contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
Therefore, there was a need for the Truth of God to be written down, and it was the Holy Spirit who inspired men to write the Truth, which we have the privilege of reading today.