When I started on this topic, it was to show the Holy Spirit was just as much for today as it was for the time the New Testament was being written. But it turned into more than that. I don't see how anyone could think that a father would give an advantage to the first generation and take it away from the rest. The fact is that the later generations would have a big advantage, because of all the experiences of the generations before. Our heavenly Father is no different, He gives the same advantage to every generation of believers. In John 16, Jesus is talking to His disciples, telling them of things that will soon come to pass. What He is about to tell them will make them sad. They have been told before that He must go.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
They heard what Jesus was saying, but it didn't click with them, for they had not received the Holy Spirit.
12 "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
(from New International Version)
Jesus knew that He had planted the seed, and when the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of truth) came, they would understand the things He had told them. The word bear is also interpreted as carry and take up in the KJV. Jesus did not want to put more on them than they could handle. That is no different today, Jesus will never put on us more than we can handle. Also, when you hear someone (a preacher) makes a statement, the Spirit of truth which is in you will let it sit well with you, or cause static. Example, a TV preacher makes this statement, "I hope when the rapture happens, it goes slow at first so I can wave bye to all left behind."
If this sets well with you, we need to pray for you, because my Bible says,
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Jesus came to save the lost, not celebrate the fate of the ones that didn't choose Him.
It is important for us to know that the things Jesus taught were not just for those twelve men but for all believers. In the Lord's Prayer in John 17 it says,
20 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
This tells me that the Holy Spirit is just as much for today as it was in those days. I encourage you to read John chapter seventeen for yourself. If you are a believer, then Jesus prayed for you
In John 14 it tells us how long we can depend on having the counselor.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Forever is good, and where is He? With you and in you. That is good to know. We are the temple of the Holy Ghost
1 Cor 6:19-7:1
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
The Holy Spirit lives in us, and we have been bought by Jesus. Jesus is the good Shepherd so we know He will take care of us, which gives us the advantage?
7 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
While Jesus was on the earth in the flesh, He was in one place at one time. What He told them is that He was going to the one who sent Him. By doing this He would be able to send one who could be with all believers all the time.
parakletos (par-ak'-lay-tos); an intercessor, consoler:
KJV - advocate, comforter.
(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's
NAS uses Helper, NIV Counselor, KJV and NIV Comforter. No matter what you call Him, He is in you and with you for your advantage.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
legcho (el-eng'-kho); of uncertain affinity; to confute, admonish:
KJV - convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove.
When you do not receive Jesus you still have to pay for your sins. The problem with that is that you can't. Jesus was the last sacrifice for sin ever needed. As believers, we know that Jesus took care of our sins when He gave His life on the cross.
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
The Spirit of truth gives the assurance that Jesus did the right thing. He went to sit at the right hand of the Father, so the Holy Spirit could come and live in each person who would receive Him.
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The prince of this world is judged, it's a done deal, right and wrong is set. Now we have the Spirit of truth living in us to help us know right from wrong. We have battles every day. Some battles may seem like a world war while others don't seem to matter. The good thing is we, as believers, know we have an advantage. We know we have the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of truth) living in us.
Calling on this to help us make the right decisions in our everyday battles. This is what I see as having the abundant life, more than having material things. Knowing we have the Holy Spirit, the
Spirit of truth, living in us to give us an advantage in life.
If you are not taking advantage of this, you are really missing something. Don't wait, start today. A song that came out a few years ago had lines that went something like this; I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. When you look at God's Word and sense the magnitude of it, you can feel small, but don't. Just feel blessed that it is opening up to you. Feel blessed because you are no longer the poor lost sinner, but you are a child of God. The same song says, you could sit this one out, but don't I hope you dance.
That is my prayer for all of us. I hope you dance. I hope you take advantage of the advantage Jesus gave us. The advantage lives in us.