12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.
15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’
John 16:12-15 (NLT)
This article continues from the topic I have started yesterday. Jesus was explaining the arrival of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not here for vacation. Neither is he here to boss us around and make us suffer to satisfy his sadistic purpose. The Holy Spirit is not a sadist. He has specific missions in mind and his intention is to fulfill them. There are basically 2 parts in his mission. The first is to the world and the second is to us, Christians.
In the earlier article, I have shown you the first part of the Holy Spirit role, which is to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement. The recipients of these convictions are the people of the world, in other words non-Christians. These convictions are not for Christians. Christians can never be convicted by the Holy Spirit at all because it is not his job description to do so.
In this article, we shall look at the second portion of the Holy Spirit’s role on earth. This role is only for us Christians. You may have noticed that I have added the word “final” in the title of this article. My purpose is to emphasize to you that there is no other addition to the roles of the Holy Spirit. This means you will not wake up one day and be told that the Holy Spirit has taken up a new role of being God’s Inquisitor whose role is to punish you each time you make a wrong move or think a wrong thought. That can never happen.
Let me get straight to the point. The second and the final role of the Holy Spirit is to guide us, Christians in all truth. This sounds simple but it can be easily manipulated. If you have heard this passage being preached in a religious church, I am sure they will twist it to fit their theology. I am going to explain this role in detail in order to reveal the truth that will set you free.
The first term I want to emphasize is the term “guide”. The Holy Spirit guides us in all truth. This implies the Holy Spirit’s role is purely in an advisory and passive role. He guide, not force. In other words, the Holy Spirit’s mandate and role is only in telling us what we should and should not do. He does not have the right to force us to obey him. So, if you are smart and want to have the best prosperity in life, you should obey every word from the Holy Spirit. At the same time you can also choose not to obey him and there is nothing he can do about it because his role is purely as our guide. He does not have the right to enforce our obedience or to punish us.
If we get into trouble when we disobey the Holy Spirit, it is not his fault. He did not cause the troubles. Let me give you an example. Let us assume that you are interested in smoking. The Holy Spirit will advise you not to smoke. You can choose to ignore him and take up the habit of smoking. A few years later, your health suffers and you have lung cancer. When that happens, it is wrong to say that the Holy Spirit gives you lung cancer to punish you for disobeying him when he told you not to smoke. The Holy Spirit did not give you that lung cancer. The lung cancer was caused by the nicotine in the cigarretes. The Holy Spirit has nothing to do with it.
The second emphasis I want to make is “all truth”. What is that? In the subsequent verses, we can read that it means everything from the Father. So, as Christians, we have access to all knowledge in this universe. If that is the case, why have not become encyclopedias yet? The answer is, we do not have that sort of capability to store so much knowledge. We are not designed as data storing machines. Our role here is to choose what type of knowledge or truth we want and the Holy Spirit will reveal them to us. That is all.
We choose from the menu on what we want to know and the Holy Spirit will guide us to it. We are the clients here. The Holy Spirit’s role is not to boss us around but to serve us as our guide to the infinite truth that our God has for us. What do you want to know? Do you want to now how to make a lot of money so that you can live like a king? Ask the Holy Spirit and he will guide us to your objectives. If you are smart you will obey him. If you choose not to obey, you are on your own. The Holy Spirit will not do perverted things to you.
This concludes the roles of the Holy Spirit. These roles are confined into specific areas as I have explained in these 2 articles. There is no other. The Holy Spirit will never step out of line and abuse his power. That can never happen. So, the lesson for us here is the Holy Spirit is our friend. He is not our enemy. He is not our taskmaster. He will never force us not threatened us to do anything we don’t want to do, no matter how “holy” these things are. He will never do perverted things to us under any pretext, may it be “sufficient grace” or “trials”. He is not a pervert.
My objective is to help you to see the Holy Spirit as the person he truly is. He is our friend. He is always on our side. He is our helper. What do you want? Ask him to help you to get them. Do you want good health, long life, fruitful relationship, successful career and lots of money? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. He will do his job.