by Pastor David Grey
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” – John 14:15-19
The first command the disciples were to obey was to remain in Jerusalem and “wait for the gift my Father promised…the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4).
This promise of the Holy Spirit to His disciples (and to all who believe, of course) is both amazing and wonderful. He promises that the one who would come would be their helper and teacher. He said that this one would also be exactly like Himself.
The word Jesus used did not mean “same” in the way that two “identical” Fords coming off the assembly line are alike, for an expert would easily find some material flaw or difference between them.
When Jesus said another just like Me, He meant precisely and perfectly. In other words, if something is true about Jesus it is true about the Holy Spirit. This is why we often use the Holy Spirit and Christ interchangeably as the one who indwells us. There is not the slightest difference between them.
These words must have been a comfort to the disciples, if not immediately at least later when they reflected on them. This promise was timely for Jesus had recently dropped the bomb that He would be leaving and returning to the Father.
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