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Daily Readings: 6th September 2015

John 15.26-27 cont.

26 When the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who comes from the Father, He will bear witness about Me.

27 and you will also testify, because from the beginning you have been with Me.

5 The Holy Spirit bears testimony about Jesus.

The world is full of people who speak about themselves. Often we are encouraged to do this, especially if we are going to an interview for a job. Those doing the interviewing may ask the applicant to tell them what qualities they have that they could bring to that company; qualities that would enhance the company.

This kind of bearing testimony about ourselves has its place. However, it is not the way in which the Holy Spirit works. He is amongst us to bear testimony about Jesus. It is through Him that we learn more about Jesus. He guides us in our reading of the word of God, illuminating verses that cause us to grow and mature in Jesus.

Jesus also told His disciples that they would bear testimony about Him, because they had been with Him from the beginning. We can presume that He meant from the beginning of His ministry.

They were uniquely placed to be able to proclaim the gospel of Jesus, because they had lived and travelled with Jesus for three years. They were first hand eye witness of all that Jesus did. They would be able to recall the words of the teaching of Jesus.

We are privileged to have the gospel records of some of what Jesus did and said, and a little of how they felt, such as the fear they had when Jesus walked to them on the water, or when they thought they were about to drown, but Jesus calmed the storm.

The teaching of the rest of the New Testament is founded on the Apostles’ teaching:

Being built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, of which Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone – Ephesians 3.20.

This teaching came from Jesus, and in John’s gospel we have his first-hand account of a small amount of all that Jesus said and did. This is John’s testimony:

[24] This is that disciple who saw these events and recorded them here. And we all know that his account of these things is accurate.

[25] And I suppose that if all the other things Jesus did were written down, the whole world could not contain the books – John 21.24-25 (NLT).

To be continued tomorrow.

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