Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Spirit Of Truth

John 14:15-21 (NIV)
"If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
I pray that this Counselor, the Spirit of truth, would be with me at all times... I desperately need Him.

There have been times in my life when I have recognized the Holy Spirits presence with me... and here's a promise that I hold on to... that if I ask I will receive.

Luke 11:13 (NIV)
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
And what will this Spirit of truth teach me?

John 14:26 (NIV)
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Hmm... will the Holy Spirit teach me all things? What could this mean?

I'm not certain this spirit of truth will teach me all truths about Science, Math, History, Medicine, Business, Accounting, Biology, Information Technology, Music, Art.....

If I want to learn how to fly a plane, should I ask the Holy Spirit to teach me?

Or maybe it's not all truth, but the most essential truths that we can rely on the Holy Spirit for.

Just like in this passage... considering the context, what truth did Jesus come to testify to here?

John 18: 33 - 37 (NIV)
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
"Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?"
"Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?"
Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
Jesus came to testify to the truth... the truth that He is King.

I think it's fair to assume that the Holy Spirit will also testify to the fact that God Reigns... in our lives now, and for eternity. Recognizing this truth will also realign our thinking as we live our days...

I doubt having the Holy Spirit with us is a promise that we will know all truths on all topics... that would be cool, but...

We don't have to be in charge of our lives and make stupid selfish decisions that harm ourselves and others...

We don't have to rely on our own wisdom to to guide and direct our decisions in life... we can request wisdom from God.

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