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Finding Success [9-8-19]

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When our parents would go out for a Friday night with friends, they left three things for me and my brother:

  1. The phone # where they could be reached in an emergency.

  2. Money for dinner.

  3. The time we had to go to bed.

Jesus tells the disciples a Helper is going to come to them when he goes to be with the Father. Here are three things the Holy Spirit is going to do for you.

First, the Holy Spirit will be in you.

The Holy Spirit will be in you. When Jesus said this, it was a radical new understanding of the presence of God. All we have to do is go back to John 14:17 where Jesus says:

Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Up until the time Jesus said this, people knew the Holy Spirit would come upon a person. But they never believed the Holy Spirit dwelt in a person. In the Old Testament, the presence of God dwelt in the tabernacle…in the temple. That's where you would experience the Spirit of God. But now, in the New Testament, Jesus says the Holy Spirit is moving out of the tabernacle to live in you.

Here's something interesting that happens later. It's a sign of what Jesus is teaching here. When Jesus died, the curtain in the Holy of Holies in the temple, where the Spirit dwelt, was ripped in two from top to bottom. God was saying He's moving out of the temple and into people's lives. The holy Spirit is in you.

Listen to what Jesus promises in John 14:16:

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.

Again, as we've seen throughout our study of John, things are clear and simple. When Jesus departs to go to the Father, the Spirit is going to live in you.