“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
One additional purpose of the Spirit is to help us testify about Jesus. The Spirit was sent to believers, at least in part, to join with them in making much of Jesus. As the Holy Spirit supports the disciples as agents of communicating the gospel, they have the same mission—witnessing about Jesus. Regardless of the treatment we may get from the world, we are never alone when testifying about our Savior.
Jesus warned the disciples of their impending persecution. Much like Matthew 10 from yesterday, Jesus identified where persecution may come from, promised the Spirit, and then warned His disciples. This warning of persecution and promise of the Spirit must have given the disciples a mix of joy and fear. We, too, have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, our Helper. In light of what Christ did and the gift of the Spirit, we are also called to testify about Christ.
The mistake we make far too often is trying to tell other people about Jesus in our own strength. We think we can witness to others out of our own skill or cleverness. This is not what Jesus wants for us. Instead, Jesus gave us the Spirit to be our power in those moments (Acts 1:8). The Spirit is the authority of Christ working in us—we learn from the Spirit and lean on His guidance as we tell others about Jesus.
- How does the Spirit help us be faithful to the calling of Christ?
- Why do we discount the power and leadership of the Holy Spirit when we share the gospel?
- Pray that you would sense the Spirit’s leading as you seek to share the gospel with others.