When Jesus was about to leave his disciples, he gave them a promise that would change the course of their lives forever. He told them that he would send them a helper, the Spirit of Truth, who would guide them into all truth.
This promise is recorded in John 16:13 where Jesus said, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
What does it mean to be guided into all truth?
To understand this promise better, we need to understand what it means to be guided into all truth. The word “truth” in this context refers to the knowledge of God’s will and purpose for our lives. It includes both spiritual and practical wisdom that enables us to live a life that honors God and blesses others.
The phrase “guided into” suggests a journey or a process. It implies that we are not expected to know everything at once or on our own. Instead, we need someone who can show us the way step by step.
The Spirit of Truth is the one who can do this for us. He is not just any helper or advisor but the third person of the Trinity – God himself in spirit form. As such, he has access to all knowledge and wisdom concerning God’s will for our lives.
What are some examples of truths that the Spirit guides us into?
The following are some examples of truths that the Spirit guides us into:
1) The truth about God’s character
The Spirit helps us to know God as our Father who loves us unconditionally and desires the best for us. He reveals to us God’s attributes such as his holiness, justice, mercy, grace, and faithfulness.
2) The truth about Jesus’ teachings
The Spirit reminds us of what Jesus taught his disciples and helps us to apply those teachings to our lives. He also reveals to us the deeper meanings behind Jesus’ parables and miracles.
3) The truth about our identity in Christ
The Spirit helps us to understand who we are in Christ and what we have been called to do. He reminds us that we are children of God, co-heirs with Christ, and ambassadors of his kingdom.
4) The truth about spiritual gifts
The Spirit helps us to discover and develop our spiritual gifts for the common good. He also empowers us to use those gifts effectively for ministry and mission.
In summary, the promise of the Spirit of Truth is one of the greatest gifts that Jesus gave his disciples (and by extension, all believers). It is a promise that still holds true today. If we want to live a life that truly honors God and makes a difference in this world, we need the guidance and empowerment of the Spirit.
Let us therefore seek him daily through prayer, reading God’s word, fellowship with other believers, and obedience to his leading. As we do so, he will guide us into all truth – step by step, day by day – until we reach our ultimate destination: eternal life with God.