John 16:5-16

“I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.” (John 16:12-14, The Message) 

I can only imagine that the disciples had a difficult time understanding the concept of the Holy Spirit’s role in their lives. 

Frankly, it is beyond my comprehension why the God of the universe would choose to take up residence in men and women, who made room for Him to dwell in their hearts.

But it is that very mystery which empowers us to live holy lives with understanding of who God is and who He calls us to be. 

It is that very mystery which fulfills Jesus’ promise that He would always be with us (Matthew 28:20).

And it is that mystery which gives us affirmation of our security in the body of Christ.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit … We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.  (I Corinthians 2:9-10,12)

I pray that our of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  (Ephesians 3:16-19)