Some have asked of the Spirit-Helper Jesus promised is still at work on his disciples. With an open mind consider the following. Is it fair to state that the verses to follow were spoken in private company with the eleven apostles?
John 14:15-17 -- "If YOU [APOSTLES] love me, YOU [APOSTLES] will observe my commandments; 16 and I will request the Father and he will give YOU [APOSTLES] another helper to be with YOU [APOSTLES] forever, 17 the spirit of the truth, which the world cannot receive, because it neither beholds it nor knows it. YOU [APOSTLES] know it, because it remains with YOU [APOSTLES] and is in YOU [APOSTLES]. ... John 14:25-26 -- "While remaining with YOU [APOSTLES] I have spoken these things to YOU [APOSTLES]. 26 But the helper, the holy spirit, which the Father will send in my name, that one will teach YOU [APOSTLES] all things and bring back to YOUR minds all the things I told YOU [APOSTLES]. ... John 15:26-27 -- When the helper arrives that I will send YOU [APOSTLES] from the Father, the spirit of the truth, which proceeds from the Father, that one will bear witness about me; 27 and YOU [APOSTLES], in turn, are to bear witness, because YOU [APOSTLES] have been with me from when I began. ... John 16:7-8 -- For if I do not go away, the helper will by no means come to YOU [APOSTLES]; but if I do go my way, I will send him to YOU [APOSTLES]. 8 And when that one arrives he will give the world convincing evidence concerning sin and concerning righteousness and concerning judgment. ... John 16:12-13 -- "I have many things yet to say to YOU [APOSTLES], but YOU [APOSTLES] are not able to bear them at present. 13 However, when that one arrives, the spirit of the truth, he will guide YOU [APOSTLES] into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to YOU [APOSTLES] the things coming." [NWT]
Our Lord the Nazarene promises his apostles he will send a Helper -- the spirit of the truth -- and this Helper will "bring back to (their) minds all the things I told you apostles.
Thus, those involved were able to prepare the Gospels. By this means these apostles would also "bear witness" about Jesus Christ. This would include several subjects: sin, righteousness, judgment, and prophecies about coming things. If we examine the inspired epistles we find all of these words.
Does this heaven-sent Helper also work so on us? Not in the manner of inspiration which came upon those inspired apostles. How then could the "spirit of the truth" be a Helper to us? By listening to the "word" or "witness" (testimony) of the inspired apostles. For example, note Jesusí prayer in John 17:20, "I make request, not concerning these [APOSTLES] only, but also concerning those [US!!!!!!!!!!] putting faith in me through their word." We have come to have faith by means of the Helperís influence on these apostles and their inspired words, the New Testament. Thus, to the extent we read, study, meditate upon and apply those words inspired by the agency of the "spirit of the truth" we benefit from the promised Helper.
Nazarene Commentary 2000© by Mark Heber Miller
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