“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
Peace is what all human beings claim to want. Paradoxically many are willing to engage in violence and bloodshed and deprive others of peace in order to attain it for themselves. But true and lasting peace is what Jesus delivers, not by works, bad or good, but by faith in what He did on the cross when He demonstrated His love for us by dying for our sins.
This peace is achieved by the Holy Spirit who fills all who have faith. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He promised His disciples to send the Holy Spirit to them. He knew that they would need help and encouragement for the events that occurred over the next few days would cause them great anxiety and fear for they did not understand the eternal significance of what was happening. We who walk in faith have the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us in our times of struggle and doubt. The disciples needed to know that the Lord Jesus would not leave them without comfort and wisdom.
The indwelling Holy Spirit fills us with peace and hope in these days of moral upheaval and chaos. He is the Comforter who strengthens, instructs, and guides the faithful. He is the Spirit of truth who bears witness to Jesus who is the Word of God, truth incarnate. He glorifies Jesus and bears witness to Him as both savior and Lord God. All that Jesus said and did, all that He was and is, is truth. Thus the truth the Spirit of God brings is all truth essential for salvation. He directs all men to Christ who bore our sins to the cross. The Holy Spirit causes men to see their guilt and leads them to repentance and faith in the finished work of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit guides and illumines the minds of we who are believers when we study the word of God. Since He is the Spirit of truth, nothing He will say to us today contradicts or supersedes the written word. As He shows us and helps us understand the truth of God’s word, He encourages us by reminding us that all God’s promises are certain. He will not leave or forsake us. And yet billions of people seek satisfaction and peace in the fading glories of this world. It is our calling as believers to tell them of God’s grace in Christ Jesus, one person at a time. And we will go, as did the disciples, in the power and wisdom of God the Holy Spirit.