John 14.16-18 cont.
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.
When a bride and bridegroom make their vows to one another, it is that they will be faithful to each other until they are separated by death.
It is a precious and a holy moment. The vows are made with the best of intention, promising to always be there for one another, through the good times and the difficult times.
We all realize that it is impossible for husband and wife to be with each other constantly. The business of life requires us to be in different places at various times. Yet a loving couple will seek to be together as often as possible.
The promise of Jesus for every believer, that is all those who believe in Him, love Him and obey His word, is that the Holy Spirit will be with us forever.
When we are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit we have the assurance of Jesus that the Holy Spirit will be constantly with us.
Therefore, we are never alone.
For the followers of Jesus there is no such thing as solitary confinement. It is true that Christians may suffer human solitary confinement in prison; the prison doors may be shut, but they do not bar the Holy Spirit. He is always with us.
When I worked as a signalman on the railways I would be on my own for the length of the shift, sometimes eight hours, sometimes twelve hours. I would be totally alone, out in the middle of the country.
However, I always knew that Jesus was with me through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Since I was getting ready to enter Spurgeon’s Theological College, I would try and learn New Testament Greek and other subjects.
The Holy Spirit is with us all the time.
Jesus was speaking to the disciples and He was about to leave them, and they would no longer have Him with them. In the light of this Jesus gives them the great promise of the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit.
The same promise is for us today. Let us enjoy knowing and experiencing His presence with us.