The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
On a first reading of John 16:12-15 it is easy to miss some of the important content. Let’s notice a few things specifically.
First, notice that the Holy Spirit is clearly called “he.” This is not simply some spiritual force that Jesus refers to. He speaks of a person, a “he” even though the Greek word for “spirit” is neuter.
Second, see that Jesus is speaking in clear Trinitarian terms. There is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three have one will. They are three persons of the very same God.
Finally, for today, we notice that the word of the Holy Spirit is reliable. There should be no doubt. The Spirit guides Christians by taking Jesus’ words, which are consistent with the Father’s words. There is no need for dispute or debate.
How does God speak to his people? He has revealed himself. In Jesus, the living Word of God, in the Scripture, and in the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit we can know God’s will with confidence. There is no need to doubt. There is no need to fear. God has shown his mercy and favor to his people.
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