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There are two irreconcilable facts in the minds of the apostles. One is that Jesus had stressed how He loved them, and how He had further assured them of His love by washing their feet. The other is His imminent departure. Upon hearing of it, the disciples’ world was about to utterly collapse in chaos. Perplexed as they were, Jesus gave them the reason that it was to their advantage for Him to go. His words might have sounded mystifying to the apostles, but they were encouragingly true. They brought to light God’s work, through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, in those who would believe in Him.

Coming again to them in the Spirit was to fill their emptiness and loss that would result from the physical absence of Jesus. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (Jn. 14:18). Jesus was more than a Master to His disciples. It was not His intention for them to be bereft of His masterly, as well as His fatherly, presence. The indwelling of the Spirit ensured His continuous presence. This was to make sure that they would not stumble (Jn. 16:1) in any sense, insofar as they counted on the Spirit. Their minds would then be able to perceive what Jesus wanted them to know, and the eyes of their hearts would be opened, to see it.

One of the great divine initiatives is that Jesus’ departure is planned to open a way for us to follow; that where He is, there we may also be (Jn. 14:3b). Jesus, being the Holy Spirit Himself, is going to direct us from within, to help us reach the ultimate destination of our belief, the heavenly kingdom. The word of the Bible is the blueprint of the prescribed way Jesus has blazed. In this light, comprehending the truth in the Bible becomes one of the most important aspects of our lives. Allowing the Spirit to aid in this regard is of equal paramount significance. Furthermore, we should allow the Spirit to guide us to act it out with great strength, careful consideration and exact obedience.

Surprisingly, not everyone who has the Spirit studies God’s word and gains the same understanding, nor do all draw a supplementary conclusion with regard to a biblical subject matter. To our consternation, our differing views may generate misunderstanding and, worse still, confrontation. How then can the Spirit guide us into “all truth”?

[To be continued...]

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