[Jesus said,] “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 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 said to you.”
– John 14:18-26
With the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension about to take place, the apostles were going to lose their personal face time with Jesus. How were they to go on? Jesus would send the Holy Spirit. As faithful Jews, the apostles knew that the Holy Spirit was God’s means of speaking to people. To hear that the Holy Spirit would be used to speak for Jesus must have staggered their imaginations. They knew Jesus was great, but still!
You and I have never had face time with Jesus, but we do have the apostles’ writings – that is, the New Testament. And we, too, are promised the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit speaks in whispers – even thoughts and impressions in our hearts. Whatever He says, He always speaks for Jesus, and whatever He says is always consistent with what Jesus has previously said – because Jesus cannot lie. Thus the Scriptures are our safeguard against strange voices and misleading impressions.
The Scriptures and the Holy Spirit are Your inheritance; treasure them!
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for two ways to hear Your voice…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)