But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
The Holy Spirit should not be misunderstood. He is God, our Advocate who is with us and in us. He comes to prove the world wrong about man’s sinful nature, what it means to be right in God’s eyes, and the judgment that will come. He convicts our hearts, brings believers to God, and keeps us on track with the Father. He should not be misrepresented or forgotten.
The old English pastor, C. H. Spurgeon, says it well. Spurgeon writes,
Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude . . . Let us revere his person, adore him as God over all, blessed forever; let us own his power, and our need of him by waiting upon him in all our holy enterprises; let us hourly seek his aid, and never grieve him; and let us speak to his praise whenever occasion occurs. The church will never prosper until more reverently it believes in the Holy Ghost. He is so good and kind, that it is sad indeed that he should be grieved with slights and negligences.
Father, please help me never forget Your Holy Spirit. Help me to revere Him, adore Him, and own His power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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 C. H. Spurgeon, Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon, (New Leaf Publishing Group, 2010)
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