THE COMFORTER - CONTINUED INTIMACY
There is something very precious about Jesus calling the Holy Spirit “another Helper or Comforter” (John 14:16, 1 John 2:1). The Holy Spirit is not a different Comforter, but “another of the same kind”. Jesus wanted to assure the disciples that they were at no disadvantage in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension to heaven. “Another” divine person was coming to insure that they would lose nothing in His departure. In fact, they would gain.
J. Oswald Sanders says, “This loving provision was made by the Lord, not only to console them (the disciples), in their sense of loss, but to make possible a continuance of the intimacy with Him that they had enjoyed…Our Lord’s departure from earth made possible a deeper, more constant intimacy with Him, even more than what they had experienced when He was with them.”
That last phrase is so important; “to make possible a continuance of the intimacy with Him (the Lord)”. There are many aspects of the Spirit’s role in the Godhead, but rarely do we consider how vital the Spirit is in maintaining true intimacy. If you have lost the value of this in your heart, ask the Spirit to renew it by His presence and power today.
Enjoying Intimacy with God, Discovery House, 2000, page 70-71.
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