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Daily Reading: 3rd July 2015

John 14.16-18.

16 and I will ask the Father and He will give to you another Helper, so that He may be with you forever,

17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees nor knows Him. You know Him, because He remains in you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans, I am coming to you.

The first word of verse 16 is ‘and’, therefore, it is connected to verse 15.

It would seem that if we display our love for Jesus by keeping His word, then He will ask the Father to send another Helper.

There is a progression that Jesus leads His disciples along.

Firstly He instructs them to believe Him:

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; but if not, believe the works themselves.

Secondly the command is to love Him:

15 If you love Me you will keep My commandments.

Thirdly it is to obey Him, also in verse 15.

There are some car washes that move a vehicle forwards through various stages. Firstly it will wash the car with clean water, then it will wash the car with soapy water; the next progression might be to rinse the car, followed by waxing it. The final progressive stage will be to dry the car.

It is a progression from start to finish.

Jesus was leading His disciples on a journey of progression: Belief; Love, and Obedience.

It would seem that His asking the Father to give us another Helper is linked to our progression going from believing in Him, loving Him, to obeying Him.

This same progression is part of the preaching of Peter in Acts 2.38:

Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – (NLT).

Turning to God (repentance) involves believing in Him, loving Him, and obeying Him. The obedience here is being baptized.

Peter states the same tremendous promise that Jesus had made, and it is the out pouring of the Holy Spirit on all who come to Him, believing in Him, loving Him, and obeying Him.

This is a promise for us as well. Each day let us confirm our belief in Jesus, our love for Him, and our obedience to Him. As we do so we will know and experience the Lord Jesus pouring out His Holy Spirit upon us.

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