The Spirit of Truth
The Helper we have been given by God is the Spirit of Truth (Amplified Bible, 2015, John 14.16-17). Consequently, He is our truth-filled Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counselor, Strengthener, Standby (AND, 190303/10, www.sozoclass.com). Apostle Paul states His veracity boldly in Romans 3.4: “Let God be true, though every person be found a liar.” Seems applicable today, doesn’t it?
Truth is God’s nature (John 8.26), and the Spirit of Truth knows Him fully. Paul discusses this in 1 Corinthians 2.10-16, writing in verses 13&16that the truths of God are made known to believers (John 1.12) because our minds are anointed.
Jesus states this reality in John 15.15. This includes us because we have been baptized ‘into’ the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28.19); that is, ‘Jesus’. The Greek word for baptism is baptizo, meaning to be saturated (like a cucumber becoming a pickle after being saturated in a solution), contrasting bapto, meaning to rinse. The Holy Spirit is our truth Teacher (Ephesians 1.13-14; 2 Corinthians 1.21; 1 John 2.27), Who baptizos us.
Truth is the exclusive benefit of Christians. Jesus makes this clear in John 14.17, saying that the world cannot receive the truth because non-believers do not have the Spirit of Truth. Jesus explains this in John 15.24, saying that non-believers, Pharisees in His example, do not know and, even, hate God the Father, Who gives the Spirit of Truth (John 15.26). God explains this by contrast in Jeremiah 13.10, and Paul in Romans 1.18-32.
In John 16.13, Jesus declares that the Spirit of Truth will “guide you into all truth”. This amplifies what Jesus said in John 14.26 about the Holy Spirit explaining “all things” about your daily work “and” explaining what Jesus has repeated and revealed from and about God (John 12.49, 5.19-20). As Ronald Nash writes about John 1.9, the Word (John 1.1), Whom we know as Jesus, is the “Source of all human knowledge” (Nash, The Will of God and the Mind of Man, p. 67).
The Spirit’s guidance (John 16.13) will be the words that the Father and Son have taught through the spoken and written words of God (John 16.14-15). This is the truth we need for “Life” and “Light” (John 1.4&9).
Paul emphasizes the importance of our faith in the Spirit’s guidance by contrasting the Hebrews exiting Egypt not believing in God’s promises (Hebrews 4.1-2). Paul’s crescendo is inverse 12, which I paraphrase by inserting the Spirit of Truth:
For the [Spirit of Truth] is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (ESV Strong’s Bible)
Truth reveals lies and deceit. The story of the Holy Spirit healing the paralytic through faith in Peter’s voicing the name ‘Jesus’ and Peter’s subsequent statement to the crowd and, then, to the Sanhedrin is an example of Hebrews 4.12-13; see Acts 3.1-10 & 16 & 4.12.
Jesus also says that the Spirit of Truth will “declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16.13). Paul acknowledges this in 1 Thessalonians 4.15, 1 Corinthians 11.23 & 15.3, and Galatians 1.12.
The Spirit of Truth does the same for you and me (Isaiah 30.21, 42.9). Just ask Him (Jeremiah 33.3)! Could this be true of your epistemology, as well eternal things? For example, scientific advances have come because the Spirit of Truth revealed new knowledge as God wanted mankind to have it to understand Himself better and to use it constructively for one another (Matthew 6.33; Jeremiah 9.23-24).
Deuteronomy 28.1-15 lists the blessings from Truth that are exclusive to Jesus-followers. Read these as results from John 14.15, as Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 28.1, 13b, & 14. These are the guidance of the Spirit of Truth; John 16.13.
However, the curses that are observed in the world upon non-Jesus- followers are listed in Deuteronomy 28.15-66. (Why can they also be seen upon Jesus-followers?) Note that they result from not following God’s commandments! That is, not following Exodus 20.1-17 and John 1.12. Africa and America suffer from disobedience today! But, 2 Chronicles 7.14 is true. Are you and I willing to follow its instructions?
Jesus repeats the message of Deuteronomy 28 in John 15.1-11. He has given us His Name (“Word”, John 1.1 & 14), which is the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets (Matthew 5.17-20). His name is the fulfillment of every Commandment. As He says in John 15.5, we cannot accomplish anything apart from Him; i.e., His Name ‘Jesus’! That is because only He IS the Word of Truth Who goes with us (Mark 16.20) into every opportunity of the Great Commission (Mark 16.15-18 illustrating ‘teaching’ of Matthew 28.18-20; recognized in Acts 11.20-26) and into every iteration of our epistemologies (John 1.4 & 9).
The Spirit of Truth 190317/31 (update)
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