“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father…” John 15:26

Concluding John 15, we see Jesus introducing the Holy Spirit in a way that tells us of Spirit’s primary assignment:

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father – He will testify about Me.” John 15:26

In the last few messages, we’ve been studying some of the last teachings Jesus offered His disciples and, by extension, us, before the Pharisees, Sadducees, and others would take His human life. A life like ours. A life that was given totally for us. His disciples were devastated at the idea of their extraordinary teacher no longer living among them. They didn’t want to stop learning the life changing lessons their beloved Jesus brought. They wanted more of the truth and peace they felt in His presence. 

So Jesus offers hope of staying with them, in a sense, by assuring them that “the Advocate” would come and “testify.” To testify means to serve as evidence of something… in this case, God’s ongoing presence within. His death paved the way that people throughout the world could be as close to Jesus as the original 12 disciples were by inviting His Spirit to dwell in them. When we do that, Spirit takes up residence within us. It is how Christ can be in all places at once.

Jesus only uses two names for Spirit in this passage – Advocate and Spirit of Truth. The word “Advocate” conveys the helping, encouraging, and strengthening work of Spirit. “Spirit of Truth” points to the teaching, illuminating, and reminding work of the Spirit. Spirit ministers to both the head and the heart… the gentle guide inside that allows us to know what is true and what is right. Spirit activates the callings that lead us to our gifts from God. The ones that glorify Him and the human race when we bring them forward. The Advocate offers comfort to those who may face persecution. He is ever with us in thought and action. He makes the difference in our lives just as Jesus did with the original 12.

How blessed we are to have the Holy Spirit with us now. 

It was Spirit that resurrected Jesus into a new life with a new body to serve a new Messiah’s role on the Throne beside the Father. He works on our own “resurrection” constantly here in the land of the living by bringing us into full relationship with God the Father and Jesus the Son, prompting us to live in their holy ways. This is where our transformation begins. This is how we become “new.” Like Jesus. 

Spirit never leaves. His presence makes us children of God literally.  We are changed forever when He enters into our hearts. The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is a deep and lasting peace. A peace that comes from the Trinity.  

Let us rejoice as we walk in His Peace.💚 Please continue to pray for Ukraine.

Poppa B.