Jesus’ gift to us

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You know, if I was talking about Carl this morning it would be a little bit awkward because I’ll be speaking as in the third person, I’d be talking about him, but he’s actually here.  

And so this morning we’re going to be speaking about the Holy Spirit and he is here.  So almost speaking about someone who could really speak for himself.  

And so let’s just pray together, shall we?

Beloved Father, we thank you this morning that we can be together.  We thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ and we thank you for the Holy Spirit and I pray particularly, Holy Spirit as I speak about you this morning that you might guide my thoughts and my words, that I might not speak amiss or in any way misrepresent you.  And we pray, Father, we’ll all be blessed in our time together as we look into the Word of God in Jesus mighty name, amen. 

I’m reading from John’s Gospel chapter 14 and verse 15 through to 31.  Jesus said these words,

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

“Come now; let us leave.

John’s gospel chapter 15

We pray for your blessing Father, on the reading of your word.  

We just want to look at the context of these words that Jesus spoke.  When he said, ‘I’m going to send the Holy Spirit,’ it was the evening before his crucifixion.  And we can speak words so very quickly and just take it in shallow in a shallow way. Jesus, he is going to die.  Judas had already arranged to betray him and Jesus is well aware that the cheering crowds who welcomed him into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week, just a few days ago, tomorrow they’ll be screaming for his blood, crucify, crucify.  And our beloved Lord Jesus, he’s concerned about his disciples, he’s concerned about his friends because he realizes they’re going to suffer. They’re gonna suffer loss and awful distress. He’s not thinking about his own sufferings, he’s thinking about his friends and he seeks to comfort them by saying someone is coming when I go, someone else is coming like me, another counselor.  One of the names of the Lord Jesus is, Wonderful counselor.  

In Isaiah chapter 9 and verse 6.  He will be called, Wonderful counselor.  He said, ‘I’ll not leave you as orphans.’  How often do you think about orphans, desolate? The parents have been killed, they’ve got no home, helpless, bereft.  And Jesus said, I will not leave you in that state. Three times in this passage Jesus connects love with obedience. Obedience to his commands, he says, ‘if you love for me you will obey me.  Obedience will be the proof of your love for me and the result will be my father will love you and I will love you and we will come and make our home with you. How is that possible? Just by the Holy Spirit.  Love leads to obedience, obedience leads to blessing. Love leads to obedience and obedience leads to blessing.  

The most incredible person there is in this world today is the Holy Spirit, he’s in this world today, glorious, wonderful, excellent, all-powerful, because he himself is God, the third person of the Trinity.  He surrounds the entire world, he fills the universe, he is here and he is in every believer. How can that be? The Holy Spirit. And although so powerful, yet he is so very gentle, he doesn’t want to scare us, he doesn’t want to frighten us, because he is love, that’s the Holy Ghost.  He’s not a show-off. When you think of what the Holy Spirit could do to gain our attention or obedience, but He doesn’t use that power, because he is love and he wants us to come to him as he comes to us, he wants us to come to him, he’s not going to force himself upon us.  

The truth is sometimes we may be frightened by what happens when the Holy Spirit is active supernaturally.  The first time I heard someone speaking in tongues it really frightened me, but the Lord was quick to ease my fears and it wasn’t long before I began to speak in tongues because the Holy Spirit gave that ability to do it.  You see we’re so unaccustomed to being with him, he cannot be seen, but we can see what he does, a bit like the wind moving a tree and fluttering the leaves. When the breeze blows we see the leaves fluttering, sometimes heavy like a gale and the Holy Spirit can do that he can move powerfully if he wishes.  The healings, the miracles, the deliverance, the raising of the dead and all those things that we see in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ were done by the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus said, of myself, I can do nothing.  He laid aside his majesty and he became fully human and fully dependent upon God the Holy Spirit to do things.

In Acts chapter 10 verse 38, it says, God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and he went around doing good and healing all those who were under the power of the devil.  I know there are people in here who understand what that means, yeah. I know there are and I’m one of them, because God was with him.  

In Luke chapter 11 verse 13 Jesus said, if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more, will the Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to them who ask Him.  So, if you ask the Father in heaven he will fill you with the Holy Spirit. 

I would encourage you to ask because there’s nothing more wonderful than to be filled with love, because God is love and the Holy Spirit is love.  And often we don’t feel like that, we don’t feel that we’re full of love, full of something else. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh. Jesus wants us all to be filled with the Holy Spirit, because it is the Spirit of Christ, he wants us to fully enjoy our relationship with God.  The Holy Spirit is given by the Father. Jesus said, I will ask the Father, that little word, ask, he didn’t say, I’ll tell the Father, I will ask the Father.

See the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit is so beautiful, the humility.  There’s grace, there’s just such a wonderful relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that’s what the Lord wants us to experience.  He wants our lives to be like that, heaven on earth.

I will ask the Father and He will send you another counselor.   In the authorized version it says comforter and it’s from the Greek word I think it’s Parakletos, which really means someone to draw

alongside and help.  Isn’t it good to have a friend in life, isn’t it good to have a friend, isn’t it great to have someone you can always turn to, someone you can lean on.  When you’re a bit afraid, He’s not afraid. When you’re feeling weak, he’s not weak and you have a friend, you don’t need to be lonely. 

I’ve experienced loneliness but I’ve experienced the presence of God coming and taking away all that along with it and just being so full of love, being in love, in love with God.  The emphasis this morning is that he is a person, the Holy Spirit is a person, a person you can relate to, you can have a relationship with, but we all know how love is spelt, don’t we? T I M E.  

If we want to know the Holy Spirit, we must spend time with him.  And in this world that we’re living in that’s so [makes a noise], everything is gagging for your time and your, whatever, interest. 

Let’s just put it down, let’s put it down everyday and just say no, the most important person in my life is God, the most important person in my life is the Holy Spirit because everything you have, everything we can do, has been given to us by God.  You could take away everything, but he still remains. 

Take away God and you will not enjoy what he’s given you, it does say in Scripture, one of the worst things is to have a lot of stuff and not the health to enjoy it and sometimes we can have a load of stuff and be depressed and fed up, isn’t that true.  So things cannot make us happy, we can enjoy these things, we can be thrilled with them, getting them, but they that of themselves, they do not love us, not like God loves us and this is an incredible thing. Jesus said I will ask the Father, he will send the Holy Spirit to be with you forever, forever, there’s never ever going to be a break between our relationship, isn’t it wonderful?  He is the Spirit of Truth, this is very, very important, the world cannot receive him because the world is built on lies, the devil is a liar, everything he does is a lie. When he deceives you and says you’ll enjoy this, we’ve all been down that road ain’t we, he’s a liar. Because at the end of it, there’s nothing, so don’t believe everything that you hear from the world, check it with the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, he will guide you, he’s living in us and he’s living with us.  He is the life giver, it says in Romans 8 verse 11, if the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, then that same spirit will give life to your mortal body.  

Grasp that, if the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you then that same spirit will give life to your mortal body, he never tires, he never grows weary, we do, but he never does.  When we’re full of the Holy Spirit we’ll be energized, we’ll be able to do things we never dreamt of, do it because it’s not really us us doing it, it’s him doing it through us, that is wonderful.  

He authenticates our relationship with God. Romans 8 and verse 15 says, we’re no longer a slave to fear.   What a wonderful song that was given, we all sing that don’t we? I’m no longer a slave to fear. But by the Spirit we cry Abba, Father.  we’ll never know God without the Holy Ghost, we’ll know about him, but we’ll never know him, we’ll never cry out Abba, Father like Jesus did because we cannot do it and we’ll never even say Jesus is Lord without the Holy Spirit because it says in Scripture, no, you can say the words, Jesus is Lord, but not with conviction, not with a real heart knowing.  No one can say, Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Ghost. How important this person is, he inspired the Scriptures. We can never really understand the scriptures without the Holy Spirit, but as we read the scriptures the Holy Spirit gives us understanding of what it really means, how it affects us in this life today. 

Jesus says the Holy Spirit will come in ‘my name,’ this is the authority the Holy Spirit has, he is coming in the name of Jesus.  That is why when he speaks in power he drives demons out. ‘Out in the name of Jesus’ and they have to go. This wonderful person, so powerful, able to do anything and yet so gentle, so loving.  Towards the end of the reading, Jesus says, peace I leave with you,

my peace, the peace of Jesus is incomparable, incomparable.  He is the Prince of Peace.

In Galatians it says the fruit of the Spirit is peace.  See Father, Son and Holy Spirit never work separately they are one, one God, one person, sorry, one God, three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

There’s so much more about the Holy Spirit to speak about, so much more to learn about which we will in due course.  And that’s going to be exciting, this, the Holy Spirit in the church, he has so much

that he wants to do, it is so exciting to know him.  We’re gonna just ask the Holy Spirit, just now, if we make, just for a few moments, ask the Holy Spirit to come.  And I’ve been praying about this and thinking about this.  

Lord, just come and love your people, just come and love your people.

So are you ready to be loved this morning, we need to be loved, every one of us don’t we?  I’m gonna ask Rick to come up, we’re gonna sing Holy Spirit you are welcome in this place, Holy Spirit you are welcome in this place, omnipotent Father of mercy and grace you are welcome in this place.  And then while Rick just sings one or two songs, we’re just sitting in the presence of God and let him love us. Amen, amen, let’s do that.

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