“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. He will bring Me glory by telling you whatever He receives from Me.”

With these words, Jesus described the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Encourager, the Counselor, the Advocate– the One He would send to His disciples after He had left them, so that they would not remain as orphans.As human beings, all of our truth is relative and incomplete. As the apostle Paul says, we only know in part. We stand firm on “what we know”, often to be proven wrong  by newer scientific research. We trust someone, only to be let down by their human failings, even if they have the best intentions.

The future is unknown to us. In spite of amazing graphs and computer models, all of our predictions are still only guesses; surprises happen all the time.

When Jesus walked this earth, He was a Man in complete control. He ruled over disease, over demons, over death. He could not be drowned in the most violent storms, but instantly calmed the wind and the waves. He could not be killed by the angry mobs, disappearing out of their sight. But when the time was right, He laid down His own life for our sakes.

Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. Jesus knows all things, past, present, and future; He promised that the Holy Spirit would teach the disciples what He receives from Jesus Himself. The direction of the Holy Spirit, received as it is from Jesus, is based on rock-solid, unchanging, absolute truth. He is the Counselor, giving the perfect wisdom for every situation; the Advocate, with the mouth-stopping answer to every questioning; and yet He is also the Comforter and the Encourager of our hearts.

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