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When Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, variously the English translators have used the words, ‘Counsellor,’ ‘Comforter,’ ‘Helper,’ ‘Encourager,’ and ‘Advocate’ for the Greek word ‘Paraclete.’ And He told the disciples in John 14, 15 and 16 all the things that the Holy Spirit would do for them, with them, and to them and that they would receive power to be His witnesses. As well as that, the Holy Spirit would also testify about Jesus: “He will testify about Me.”

All of these works of the Holy Spirit that Jesus has given Him, are His job description. They are what He has to do to fulfil Jesus’ commission for Him to:

· “He will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.”[1]

· “He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.”[2]

· “He, the Spirit of Truth… will guide you into all truth. He will speak only what He hears.”

· “…and He will tell you what is yet to come.”[3]

· “He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you.”[4]

· “He will testify about Me.”[5]

· “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses…”[6]

If you look at the Holy Spirit’s work schedule, it is a very busy schedule for what He has to do for each disciple—teach you, remind you, tell you, make known to you, convict you, guide you, and empower you—seven things. All these He does as the Spirit of Counsel, of Knowledge, of Wisdom, of Fear of the Lord and of Power.[7]

However, Jesus did not send Him to help us understand Him. Indeed, in the same way, when Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17, He said, “I have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world. I gave them the words You gave Me and they accepted them.”[8] But nowhere does Jesus say, “That they may understand You, Father.” Eternal life as He defined it is that “they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”[9] You see, Jesus preached the good news that we may believe and be saved for eternal life that we may know God and Jesus Christ. However, even as Jesus was preaching, there were those who already knew who Jesus was, except they were against Jesus and God. I am speaking about the demons of course, who cried out as He preached. “I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”[10] “You are the Son of God.”[11]

The Father sent Jesus that we may believe and come to know Him, and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit that we may come to know God better, because Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.”[12] Really, Jesus did not have to send the Holy Spirit to do all the work that He spoke of. By and large, the angels would have been able to do so to bring us the messages, remind us, teach us, tell us what they heard and tell us what is to come. Even the angels would have been enough to empower us, for an angel wiped out an Assyrian army.[13] You may say, “But the Holy Spirit is the only Spirit who really knows the Father and the Son,” and that is true. But more than that, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us because He is the only One who understands both the Father and the Son, not just know Them or about Them or listen to Them, but the Holy Spirit understands Them both. He is the Spirit of Understanding, yet Jesus does not say, “The Holy Spirit will help you understand Me,” nor does He say that “The Father sent Him that men may understand the Father.” Yet to Jeremiah the Lord declared: “Let him who boasts, boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on Earth, for in these I delight.”[14]

It is as if the mission of Jesus and the Holy Spirit does not include helping us to come to understand God. Salvation and revelation of God was Jesus’ mission. Empowerment and testimony was the Holy Spirit’s, with more revelation, but to understand God was not part of Their mission. Even the parables were given to help us understand about the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God only, but not to understand God. Yet, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Understanding, who alone not only knows the Father and the Son, but understands Them both, is with us. Standing in our midst, helping us in the busyness of our lives and in the work of the Kingdom, it is as if He is waiting for someone to come to Him, just like the Greeks came to the disciple Phillip, saying, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”[15] So, the Holy Spirit is waiting for one or ones to cry out to Him like Mary was crying as she said to the One whom she thought was a gardener, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him and I will get Him;”[16] waiting for someone to say, “Sir, help me to understand Jesus and His Father.” The command of Jesus Christ to all His churches, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,”[17] was not only to ensure that the churches would do their assigned work properly and with power, but that out of those churches, there would be one or ones who, as they are working alongside the Holy Spirit testifying, would ask the Holy Spirit to do something that He was not sent for, to help them understand the Father and the Son.

Anyone who cries out to the Holy Spirit (ask with deep desire, even to cause one to weep and mourn because you acknowledge the loss that lack of understanding is) to help them understand the Father and the Son, is one who has asked the Holy Spirit to go the extra mile and is also one who has knocked on the door of the Holy Spirit’s greatest treasure, His understanding of God. The silent One, the humble, unseen One of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, who hears everything the Father and the Son say from Their hearts and goes forth from the Father to do His will, holds the understanding of God as His most sacred treasure. He may remind us of what Jesus said and teach us what Jesus said; He may work with us with signs and wonders; He may convict us and keep us in the fold; He may tell you what is to come so that you may be able to teach and preach with all wisdom and knowledge, and prophesy with absolute accuracy, as well as heal any sick and raise every dead so that you appear to know God, but until you humble yourself and cry out to Him, the Holy Spirit will never let you understand God.

Superficiality does not impress and has never impressed the Holy Spirit because He is the Spirit of Understanding. As He watches us and listens to us use the Name of the Lord and His words to appear to be working for the Lord yet are really working for ourselves, He is not moved or impressed by us. Oh, He may love us as a Father would love any of His children, but to really open up to us the deepest of God’s secrets and Their understanding, He remains silent as He searches our hearts and minds to see which one of us has any desire to understand. So, be like the Holy Spirit and be not impressed, not even with signs and wonders, and the evil one will not deceive you when his false prophet comes with wonderful teachings and says things unheard of, confirming them with signs and wonders and proclaiming himself to be God. A people of understanding will never be ruined by the deceiver and a people of knowledge will not be destroyed by the destroyer.

It is the wisdom of the Holy Spirit that He has given us only a foretaste of the power of God that He will resurrect and restore to the church for these final preparations, but has withheld its full release until we have come to this place where we are ready to receive the understanding that He has. If you understand God as He does, then no one except God will impress you, and if no one can impress you, no one can deceive you. By giving us just a foretaste and then waiting for us to make the grade of patient, persevering endurance so that we might come to the place where He can give us understanding before He releases the fullness of the empowerment, ensures that in the confusion, the busyness, the madness and the distress of the days to come, we will be able to stay the course and hold to the true purpose of all that has happened and is happening and will happen, which is to fulfil Jesus’ words when He said, “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.”[18]

Few of us, myself included, can truly open up on what Jesus was really saying when He said this, and what was the motive of His saying so. We know Jesus loves the Father and has done what the Father commanded, but what lies behind the singular determination of this line, “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me”? Why must the world learn and why does it have to know that Jesus did exactly what the Father commanded? Who can help us understand what we know except the Holy Spirit?

What we do know and will know is that all that is about to befall the world is to teach them that they may learn. But why? And we ask this not as ones who are opposed to the Lord or walk with Him without listening to Him, but we ask as ones who are for the Lord and have listened and know what He said and commanded, and as ones who believe, and now as ones who desire to understand, to understand not just the business of salvation or the secrets of the Kingdoms, but to understand the heart of our Lord and our God.

If the Holy Spirit can instil this understanding into one and ones amongst you, then we will not fail the task He has set us aside for. Paul knew the Holy Spirit set him aside for work, and he knew salvation was by the grace of God through faith; that the Law was obsolete. He also knew the confusion that men from James had brought to the Galatian church, and he knew it was the Holy Spirit who was compelling him to go up to Jerusalem, but Paul did not understand the poison that the letter sent out by the council of Jerusalem held. So, when he did not oppose it the first time in Acts 15, the Holy Spirit sent him a second time. However, when the elders and James again said, “As for the Gentile believers, they should do what we already told them in a letter: They should abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality,”[19] Paul did not object again, but went along with their plans and became imprisoned.

That letter has left the church under the curse of partial observance of the Law and out of step with Jesus’ teachings ever since, making us look like a hybrid belonging neither to the Old Covenant nor the New Covenant, but like a two-headed monster having a bit of both, leaving all who meet us confused.

So the Holy Spirit waited until the sin came to its full measure. Understand this now about sin, sin is disobedience of God. Sin isn’t necessarily murder, lying or fornicating as the church defines sin. Sin is simply disobeying what God told you. Adam did not murder, did not lie, did not fornicate or covert his neighbour’s goods; he merely ate the one fruit God told him not to. He did not do exactly what God told him to do; Jesus did, even to death on a Roman cross. So, the sons of Adam will never do exactly what God told them; only something close to what God told them, but man was made to be the image of God to do exactly what God told him, so Jesus came, the exact Image and Likeness of God in the flesh to do exactly what God told Him. God only told us to do one thing as disciples of Christ, “Listen to Him!”[20] As long as we make every effort to listen to Jesus, we are doing exactly what God said.

Again, understand this: all sorts of people and all sorts of religion will say, “Listen to God,” but God Himself said, “Listen to Him!” As you attempt to restore the forgotten command to the church, you will be rebuffed and ignored because what you say will seem like an insult to them, for they already consider themselves listening to God as they listen to the Psalms, the Prophets, the Law and the Apostles. But anyone truly listening to God will know God said, “Listen to Him,” and if they had it in their hearts to truly listen to God, the restoration of that command would cause them to leap for joy in the spirit just as John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb when he heard the voice of Mary.[21]

Our work is to restore the command, and those who leap for joy at that restoration will be with us. Those who do not, let them go their way, for it is written: “Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong.”[22] If we do not listen to Jesus ourselves, we sin. If we do not listen to the Holy Spirit as a fellowship, we sin, but if we now strive to be worthy of the Holy Spirit so that He would give us the understanding of the Father and of the Son, then we are truly set free from sin. For in a household, a man may have many sons, sons who say yes and will not do what they promised; sons who say no and repent, and then do what was commanded; and sons who say yes and do it. But no son blesses the Father more than the Son who understands why the Father has asked and does exactly what was asked. For a son who does what was asked without understanding why the Father asked is only a son who is a servant, but the Son who understands the Father is a Friend of the Father and the true Heir. The son who is a servant will always expect a reward; the Son who understands expects no reward and desires no reward, for He knows the Father already understands Him and that exceeds all reward, all inheritance.

The Holy Spirit alone knows and understands the Father and the Son, and He alone can raise up sons of God who not only know but understand their Father and their Brother. God knows this and that’s why when the Holy Spirit was sent, when Jesus was sent, neither of Them was asked to help us to make us understand God. But God hoped that one and ones would ask of the Holy Spirit to go the extra mile. “Sir, help us to understand our Father and our Brother.”

The key to that understanding lies with Jesus and in these words of His, “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.” So we must learn what it means when Jesus said, “I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.” I must learn, you must learn, then we can make the world learn and after that we can leave the world as He said, “Come now, let us leave.”[23] Leave not as the rest would want to go in a rapture, but leave to go to a quiet place of aloneness with the Holy Spirit as He takes a moment out of His busy schedule and shows us the understanding of God, Father and Son. AMEN


 

[1] John 14:26

[2] John 16:8

[3] John 16:13

[4] John 16:14

[5] John 15:26

[6] Acts 1:8

[7] Isaiah 11:2

[8] John 17:6,8

[9] John 17:3

[10] Mark 1:24

[11] Mark 3:10

[12] John 16:12

[13] Isaiah 37:36

[14] Jeremiah 9:24

[15] John 12:21

[16] John 20:15

[17] Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22

[18] John 14:31

[19] Acts 21:25

[20] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[21] Luke 1:41

[22] Revelation 22:11

[23] John 14:31

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