BY THE SPIRIT

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“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.”
John 16:7 KJV

Have you ever fantasized being a disciple of Jesus? Imagined you were with Him at the wedding in Cana? Imagine you helped Him distribute food for the feeding of the five thousand and four thousand?

We’ve all been there. We’ve all visualized what it’d be like seeing Jesus walk on water and bidding us “come”. You probably have fantasized about the Lord calling you out upon the waters.

All these are valid imaginations! However, Jesus expects us to take a step back and view the dispensation we are in with a different lens. It’s the dispensation of the Spirit and the word.

Today, we will focus on the dispensation of the Spirit and what it entails.

Jesus spoke to His disciples and told them His going (His death, resurrection and ascension) was going to be more beneficial for them than His presence had been. Wow! What could the Master be referring to? What could He be talking about?

The opening scripture reveals it to us. It says:

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.”
John 16:7 KJV

Jesus was introducing the disciples to another comforter, the Person of the Holy Ghost. He intimated that the Holy Ghost would lead them into all truth and show them things to come, meaning that the knowledge they had concerning the things of God wasn’t complete. The Holy Ghost would be responsible for that!

“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
John 16:13 KJV

Hence, it was to their advantage that Jesus went. It means this Holy Spirit must be so important. The Holy Spirit in our hearts is better and more advantageous than what the disciples had with Jesus.

This changes our lives and worldview. Think of the great Apostle Paul for instance. He wasn’t one of the disciples of Jesus, yet unarguably contributed the most to our understanding of what Jesus did. How? By the Spirit and the word! All Apostle Paul had is all we have!

No wonder Jesus said this:

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 KJV

By the Holy Ghost, the disciples were more loyal when Jesus went than when He was with them. The Holy Ghost made all the difference. He changed everything about the disciples and the early church in general; their fervour, their boldness, their preaching etc. He is working in and with us today also!

Dear believer, there is a depth of intimacy in God that you cannot touch, except by His Spirit and His word.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 25:14-30, Romans 8:18-39, Psalm 60, Numbers 31-32.

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