Bible Text for Today (74): Sunday 31st May 2020: Pentecost Sunday: John 14:15-23:
Jesus said “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
Today is Pentecost Sunday.
It’s the Day in the Church’s year when we particularly think about the Third Person of the Trinity - God the Holy Spirit. And, most of all, how, after the Lord Jesus had physically ascended into Heaven, the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and then the Church to equip and empower them in their task of carrying the message about Jesus around the world.
Over the last week, as we’ve been working our way through the second part of John 14, we’ve been thinking a lot about the Holy Spirit, but also about who God is.
We’ve been reminded that the Bible teaches us that God is One God in Three Persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And we’ve seen how those 3 Persons relate to each other within what we call ‘Trinity’ and that they ‘indwell’ each other.
Specifically, we’ve seen that God the Father indwells God the Son (that is, Jesus) and God the Son indwells God the Father.
And we’ve seen, as well, that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father and God the Son, and that He, the Holy Spirit, comes and indwells – lives within - every one whose faith is in Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit, God the Son (the Lord Jesus) and God the Father, come and live within us. (see 14:18, 20, 23).
This means that, if our faith is in Jesus Christ we are eternally bound, by the Holy Spirit, to God. We are ‘in Him’ and He is ‘in us’.
Can I encourage you to hold onto that thought as we go through these difficult times; God has hold of us and will not let us go. We are bound to Him.
Would you like that comfort? Then, can I encourage you to turn in faith to Jesus
And, if you have placed your faith in Him, then, take hold of that Promise of God’s and let it sink in. He has bound Himself to you… for ever.
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