June 03, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1844
#7 in series
THE UPPER ROOM: THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT
John 14:16, 17
In the last message we looked at the Holy Spirit’s role of making experiential in the life of every believer all that God has offered to us. We are ambassadors for Christ in a foreign land, representing our King. We must rely on the Spirit to empower us, to teach us, and to enable us to walk as Jesus walked on this earth.
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“We know that Jesus the Son is seated at the right hand of the Father. So that means the Holy Spirit is God’s only agent on earth. He is the only experience we can have of God Almighty; the only way we can have the work of God Almighty, the only way we can have the work of Jesus Christ applied to our lives, the only way we can understand God’s Word. Without the Holy Spirit, we are like the disciples before Pentecost – sincere but struggling with confusion and defeat.” – Jim Cymbala
WHAT DOES THE WORD "PARACLETE" MEAN?
John is the only writer in the New Testament to use this term when referring to Christ and the Holy Spirit (see John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; 1 John 2:1). The Greek term paraklētos (παράκλητος) literally means “to come to the aid or side of.” The word is made up of two parts: pará means “to come near or be nearby,” and kaléō means “to call someone.” Thus, when Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as another paráklētos, He is designating the Spirit as equal with Himself (another of the same kind and quality) as a Helper, Comforter, and Advocate.
I. THE PARACLETE IS ACTIVE PERSONALLY
As you think about the Holy Spirit, you realize He has been written about numerous times in John’s Gospel.
1) He descended like a dove on Jesus at His baptism (1:32, 33)
2) We are born of the Spirit. (3:5-8)
3) He is the secret of true worship. (4:23, 24)
4) He is the power behind the Word. (6:33)
5) He is the One who satisfies. (7:37-39)
II. THE PROMISE OF THE EVER PRESENT PARACLETE
Jesus clearly is telling us something about the Holy Spirit:
“The title ‘Paraclete’ therefore expresses the intimate presence of God with His people, a presence that formally began with the incarnation and will carry on until the new creation. For this reason, the title ‘Paraclete’ refers to the ministerial office of the Trinitarian God in the world, occupied by both the Son of God and the Spirit of God.” – Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
III. THE POWER OF THE PARACLETE
In John 14, Jesus gives us 6 promises to hold on to when we are knocked off balance, troubled, or stressed out:
IV. THE PERCEIVED PRESENCE OF THE PARACLETE
The Spirit __ the Word, __ the Word, and __ us in the Word.