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Daily Readings: 16th September 2015

John 16.7 cont.

7 However, I tell you the truth that it is beneficial for you that I should go away. If I should not go the Helper will not come to you, but if I go I will send Him to you.

Throughout any day there are a lot of promises that are made. Some of which will be fulfilled, while others will not. There are a number of promises that are made without any hope of them every being fulfilled. These are false promises, made by people who know they do not have the power to fulfil them. Perhaps they are made in order to encourage somebody who is going through a difficult time. However, false promises in such circumstances are of no help at all.

Jesus made some great promises, and He has the power to deliver them. Every promise that Jesus made is being fulfilled, and always will be.

In the Upper Room, in the last moments of fellowship He was to have with His disciples, Jesus gave them some promises.

One of which was that He would send the Helper, the Holy Spirit.

As we have seen this is a promise that God had given centuries before:

[28] “Then after I have poured out My rains again, I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. [29] In those days, I will pour out My Spirit even on servants, men and women alike – Joel 2.28-29 (NLT).

Peter quoted these verses in Acts 2, when Jesus kept the promise to pour out the Holy Spirit upon them.

Jesus was telling them that life may have seemed unimaginable without the presence of Jesus, but the presence of the Holy Spirit within them was going to be a lifelong experience.

The Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are One, therefore, having the presence of the Holy Spirit within them, would mean having the presence of Jesus and the Father with them. This is at all times.

This same promise applies to us. Paul urges the Ephesians with these words:

Also you must not get drunk with wine, in which is abandonment, but be filled (continually) with the Spirit – Ephesians 5.18.

We must notice the word ‘continually’.

Today let each one of us respond to this and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit – continually.

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