“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
—John 14:25-26 (NKJV)
When we were born again by the Holy Spirit, Jesus brought us new life. He spoke God’s truth into us. Our minds need to be renewed by the Word for us to know what His truth is. God sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things and bring to our remembrance all things that Jesus has spoken. There can be no revelation knowledge apart from the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit.
One of the most significant differences between Old Testament believers in God and New Testament believers in Christ is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Another substantial difference is the quickened understanding that the Holy Spirit gives. The night before His crucifixion Jesus shared knowledge four times with His disciples that revealed the Holy Spirit is the source of revelation from God. These Scriptures (John 14:26, 15:16, 16:7-11, 16:13-15) all reveal that the Holy Spirit is specifically appointed by God to impart revelation knowledge of His Word.
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13, NKJV).
The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, but we have to follow His leading. We have to make the effort to study the Word and trust Him to guide us. Jesus had spoken many times of the Holy Spirit that evening, but in John 16:13, He revealed something else—that the Holy Spirit will show us things to come. This does not automatically happen, but it can be appropriated by Spirit-filled believers through faith. This is one of the most amazing and beneficial ministries of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit brings to us the remembrance of everything Jesus has spoken to us. He tells us of things to come. These are available to all Spirit-filled believers, but they must be exercised by faith.
In Ephesians, Paul prayed for believers to know what they had received in Christ.
“I pray,” Paul said, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-19, NKJV).
“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked the disciples.
“You are the Christ,” Simon Peter answered, ‘the Son of the living God.”
“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,” Jesus answered, “for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-17).
God has divine revelation to give each of us. The Holy Spirit guides us into God’s truth. His Word is truth, and it is life. Believe by faith what the Spirit reveals to you, and act upon that truth. When you believe what the Holy Spirit reveals and you act upon it, you exercise the truth He has shown you. You receive wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. You experience the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.
Blessed are you when you receive—not from flesh and blood—but from your Father in heaven.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher