“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.’ John 14v15-1
In this passage we learn that Jesus’ departure heralds the arrival of the Holy Spirit whose mission is to live within each of the followers so that they can receive comfort, guidance, strength and support. We are also told that the disciples will receive a gift from God’s great variety of spiritual gifts which – when combined with other people and their spiritual gifts – will build God’s Kingdom on earth through the Church. But more on that in next post…
Right now, for the Holy Spirit to come upon the believers, Christ must die and return to the Father – in much the same way that a flower dies and sheds its seed abroad so that others may follow. The cost to Christ to make this happen is death as he brings salvation and new life. For Christ to refuse the cross, the Holy Spirit would not be able to come upon us.
Given the depth of love that Christ shows in saving us from physical and spiritual death, our responsibility is to let our gratitude overflow into work for his Kingdom. We do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to reside within as he motivates us to use the spiritual gifts we have been given. In this way, the Kingdom of God grows both within and outside us in the world. Find out more at primary spiritual gift.