When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13)
Today’s verse provides us with a great word of instruction for the humbly inquiring mind that desires to know all truth. Is that you today? Let’s take a brief look at three wonderful truths that are contained in these words from our Lord today.
First, let us rejoice that the Spirit of Christ has come to every believer. Earlier in this same Upper Room Discourse, Jesus told His disciples, “I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor [Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). Jesus has ascended into heaven and is now sitting in the position of power and authority at the right hand of God the Father, but He has not left us alone. He has sent His Holy Spirit to be with every one of His children.
Second, let us rejoice that the Spirit of Christ has come as our Guide. We all know that we are as prone to wander as we are prone to err, and so we are in great need of our Guide. Operating under our own strength, we will invariably drift away from the truth. We need our Guide to keep our feet on the straight and narrow path, lest we stray to the left or to the right. Jesus has sent His Holy Spirit as our personal Guide and Teacher, and the Spirit will transmit the truth of God’s Word to our hearts and our minds.
Third, let us rejoice that the Spirit of Christ has come to guide us into all the truth. We do not want a portion of truth, which would lead to living a life that is out of balance. Without the whole counsel of God, we would grow only into a fraction of the person He is calling us to be. Only when we are guided into all truth will we be prepared to weather any storm wind that blows our way. Those who receive only a portion of the truth will find themselves consumed by the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth, and will fail to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God (Matthew 13:22).
Do you have an inquiring mind that wants to know all truth? You have the perfect Guide who has promised to guide you into all the truth, creating in you a joy and a fruitfulness that will exceed all understanding. And all you need to do to receive this truth is ask . . . seek . . . and knock (Matthew 7:7).
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!