If you knew that you had less than 24 hours to live, what would do? If I knew I had less than 24 hours to live, I would speak to the most important people in my life and give them my final thoughts and instructions.
Yeshua was in that situation. He knew He was about to die. He knew He was eating His last meal. During that Passover Seder, He gave His disciples His final teachings. That means those teachings are of particular importance.
Here are some of those teachings, focusing on the Holy Spirit, recorded for us in John 14, 15 and 16. This means that the Holy Spirit, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit to us, and through us, is very important.
Yeshua, speaking to His disciples, said: I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.
Advocate means someone who comes alongside to help. In some translations, Advocate is translated as Helper.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, is a Person. And He is also the Spirit of both God the Father and God the Son. The Father and the Son share the Holy Spirit.
The Father and Son work together to give the followers of Yeshua the Spirit. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate. The Son asks the Father to give the Spirit, and the Father listens to the prayer of the Son and gives the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is an advocate for us – just like Yeshua was an advocate for His disciples while He was with them. The Father will give you another advocate to help you. The Spirit of Yeshua helps us just like Yeshua helped His disciples while He was with them. So, even though Yeshua is not with us physically to help us, we can still have the same kind of help that He gave His disciples when His Spirit is living in us. How great is that?
The giving of the Holy Spirit is permanent. He will be with you forever. Once we receive Him, the Spirit will never leave us or forsake us. We never need to pray, like king David did: don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me.
The Advocate is the Holy Spirit. There are many spirits. This Spirit is holy. He is infinitely holy and pure and different and separate from all other spirits. One of His ministries to us is to make us holy. And we need to be holy. Before we are saved, we are unholy. The Holy Spirit makes us holy. He removes the unholiness from our lives – over time. He sets us apart from an unholy world. He sets us apart for God, and for God’s purposes. He sets us apart for eternal life.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He knows the truth. He knows all truth. He knows everything. He only teaches the truth. He never teaches error. He is never wrong, never mistaken, never lacking in information. How great is that?
One of His ministries is to teach us everything we need to know. 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. The Holy Spirit teaches us all things by influencing our minds and hearts. He teaches us all things – not every fact or every bit of information that is available – but everything we need to know to be saved and to have blessed and successful lives.
The Holy Spirit also reminds us of the words of Yeshua. He will remind you of everything I have said to you. The Spirit reminded the apostles about the words of Yeshua, so that the words of Yeshua were accurately transmitted to us in their writings. We can trust that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the faithful and true teachings of the Son of God. And the Spirit reminds us of the words of Yeshua and helps us understand them. He helps the words of Yeshua come alive in us. He helps us apply Yeshua’s teachings to our lives.
It’s hard for the Holy Spirit to remind us of everything that Yeshua has said to us, and help His words come alive so that they can be applied to our lives if we aren’t familiar with the teachings of Yeshua. That means that we need to be reading the teachings of Yeshua until we are very familiar them. We need to read and study the books written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John until we are familiar with them, so that the Holy Spirit will be able to remind us of them and help us apply them to our lives.
How wonderful, this reminding ministry of the Holy Spirit about the words of Yeshua to us!
God the Father sends the Holy Spirit in Yeshua’s name. Yeshua said: The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name. This means that the Father will not send His Spirit to those who do not acknowledge the name of Yeshua, which means that they do not acknowledge Yeshua as the risen Messiah and Lord. Those who do acknowledge Yeshua as the risen Messiah and Lord and make a serious commitment to follow Him will receive the Holy Spirit who is sent by the Father in the name of Yeshua.
Yeshua said that He would ask the Father to send the Spirit to us. Here He said that He would send the Spirit who goes out from the Father. When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. Who has the authority to send the Spirit of God, except God Himself? Yeshua let us know that, like God the Father, He has the authority to send the Spirit. The conclusion: Yeshua is divine. Yeshua is deity. Yeshua is God – not God the Father, but God – God the Son.
Another one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to testify to us about Yeshua. Yeshua said: He will testify about me. The Holy Spirit testifies to us about Yeshua, communicates to us about the reality of Yeshua, by influencing our minds and hearts so that we know that Yeshua is the Son of God, and the risen Messiah and Lord. So, when we read or hear truth about Yeshua, the Holy Spirit helps us be drawn to that truth, think about that truth, understand that truth and believe that truth about Yeshua. He will testify about me.
The Holy Spirit testifies to us about Yeshua, and He helps us testify about Yeshua to the world. Yeshua said: And you also must testify. It’s not easy to testify to a world that is satanically controlled and in rebellion against God and under a curse, a world that hates God, hates Yeshua and hates the followers of Yeshua about the reality of Yeshua. It’s not easy to live a life that is Yeshua-centered. It’s not easy to be Gospel-centered. It’s not easy to boldly proclaim the Good New about Yeshua the way we should. The Holy Spirit helps us do that. He helps us testify about Yeshua.
Testifying is not optional. Yeshua said: You also must testify. We must testify. Each one of us must testify. And we don’t testify just by bringing people to Shema. Bringing people to Shema is good, but it’s not enough.
We ourselves must testify – not occasionally, but all the time, every day. We look for opportunities to testify. We make opportunities happen. We focus on testifying to the reality of Yeshua. When we are walking in the Spirit, close to God, close to Yeshua, filled with the Spirit of Yeshua, we will testify about Yeshua. We will want to testify. We will be compelled to testify. We won’t be able to prevent ourselves from testifying.
What will the Holy Spirit, living in us, testify about to the world? Yeshua told us. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. Yeshua’s Spirit, living in us, proves to people that they are wrong about sin, righteousness and judgment. Here’s how that works:
We tell people that Yeshua is the risen Messiah, the Son of God, the Lord, and the only Savior of humanity; that they are far from God; alienated from God; that they are sinners in the most desperate need of the salvation that only faith in Yeshua can provide; and that it is wrong not to believe in Yeshua; that it is a sin not to believe in Yeshua; that not believing in Him is not just a sin like any other sin, but a terrible sin, a monstrous sin, an unforgivable sin. The Holy Spirit, speaking through us, proclaims to the world that is a sin not to believe in Yeshua.
Don’t be afraid to tell people that it is wrong not to believe in Yeshua; that it is a sin not to believe in Yeshua; that they will die in their sins if they do not believe in Yeshua. They won’t like hearing that from you. Tell them anyway.
We tell people about righteousness, because Yeshua went to the Father. We tell them that Yeshua was the most righteous man who ever lived; that He never sinned; that He lived a perfectly righteous life; and because He never sinned and was perfectly righteous, death could not claim Him. Death could not hold him. Yeshua was resurrected. He came back to life. He was raised from the dead. He is alive now.
We tell people that this righteous Lord and savior ascended to Heaven, to the right hand of God the Father, where He is right now, full of honor and power and grace and salvation. We tell them that Yeshua’s resurrection and ascension are God’s declaration that Yeshua is the Righteous One; and that the only way for them to become righteous is to believe in Yeshua. The Holy Spirit, speaking through us, proclaims to the world about righteousness because Yeshua went to the Father.
We tell the world about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. We tell people that judgment is real, that judgment is coming, that judgment is certain; that there will be a Day of Judgment; that Yeshua will be their judge. We are not afraid to talk to people about judgment. We tell them that Yeshua’s righteous life and death which atoned for sin and His resurrection and ascension assures the condemnation of the dark prince of this world and all who are allied with him.
Satan and the fallen angels have already been condemned; and all human beings who have allied themselves with the dark prince of this world will also be condemned – which includes everyone who is not loyal to another prince – Prince Yeshua. The fallen angels have been condemned and will go to Hell. The world has been condemned and will go to Hell. That the only way not to be condemned is to reject the dark prince of this world and become loyal to Prince Yeshua.
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about God’s judgment; about the Day of Judgment; about Satan and the demons; that Satan is the prince of this fallen world; that the world has joined the rebellion of the fallen angels against God; that Satan and the fallen angels have already been condemned to Hell; that the world has already been condemned to Hell; that those people do not repent and turn to Yeshua will share the destiny of the fallen angels in the Lake of Fire.
So, if someone asks you: are you telling me that if I don’t believe the way you do, I’m going to Hell? You answer: Yes. Absolutely. And not just you, the whole world has already been condemned and will go to Hell; and the only way of not being condemned and going to Hell is by knowing who Yeshua is – the righteous and living Lord and Savior, and becoming loyal to Yeshua, and repenting, turning away from your sins, turning to God the Father and Messiah the Son.
If you want, you can put the burden on Yeshua by quoting Yeshua Himself: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
The Holy Spirit, speaking through us, proclaims to the world about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
This is the first month of a new year. Throughout the rest of this year, let’s focus on being filled with the Holy Spirit, walking in the Spirit, living in the Spirit who helps us with the same kind of help that Yeshua helped His disciples with; the Spirit who will be with us forever, who teaches us everything we need to know by influencing our minds and hearts; who reminds us of the words of Yeshua, who testifies to us about the reality of Yeshua; who helps us testify about Yeshua to the world.