“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (John 14:16,17 NLT)
Just before Jesus made this promise to His disciples, He declared, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
Since He said, “if” we know that He considered the fact that many would not love him and certainly would not keep His commandments. Interesting thing about “if, then” propositions–if one accepts the truth of one aspect, then the truth must be understood of the other. If we don’t keep His commandments, then we are saying, we don’t love Him.
The world–those who do not believe–doesn’t have a chance at understanding this proposition because it refuses to accept God as the sovereign ruler in the lives of Believers. In essence–their ignorance stems from their inability to accept what we as Believers know to be truth. The truth we know, however, can only be understood within the parameters of being in relationship with God and accepting all Holy Spirit reveals to us.
Jesus, our Advocate–promises another advocate after He leaves. Understandably, one person–confined by a flesh and skeletal frame–could not be in every place at one time; but His spirit–Holy Spirit–unencumbered by the human framework, can certainly be in every place at the same time when we receive the promise and allow Him to live within each of us.
This then, is the problem for the world–it will not accept the Truths in the Bible, nor will it accept the understanding that we, who believe are not hindered by finite truths–those limited by the human mind–but we have access to Holy Spirit who can and does reveal to us things we did not study or research–because with Holy Spirit–we have the mind of Christ–who knows all things and no human in the world can say the same.
While the world rebels against God’s truths, we have no need to defend our beliefs or attack others for their lack of knowing. If they choose to “do a re-make” of what God has said, they will reap the consequences of their actions. All we need to do is simply remind them, “We agree with God because we have the mind of Christ” smile, and keep going, shaking the dust from our feet, if they are not willing to receive what we have to say.
Let’s share The Word, love and embrace those who receive, pray for those who won’t, shake the dust from our feet or fingers, and keep it moving. Holy Spirit within us is more than the world against us! He won’t be stopped as long as we are willing to live according to the terms of His Love–to love unconditionally!