I had one of those “Oh WOW”s tonight.
We are studying John 16 in our Home group and talking about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Just for the record – this wonderful person – the Holy Spirit is the most neglected and misunderstood member of our wonderful 3 in 1 God.
In any case we read this:
He [God the Holy Spirit] will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. - John 16:14-15 NASB
Let me connect a few dots here and then I want to link this thought to one other passage.
Point 1 –All things that the Father has belong to Jesus.
We know that God has everything – all things temporal and spiritual – all things tangible and intangible. There is not anything that God does not own.
All of that all-ness that belongs to God – is the possession of Jesus.
Jesus has everything – temporal and spiritual… [you get the idea – right?]
Point 2 – The Holy Spirit take what belongs to Jesus (see point 1) and discloses it to us. Disclosure – like revelation – like removing the veil. Some translations render it “declare.”
How does the Holy Spirit do this? By reminding us of what Jesus said. By glorifying Jesus and reminding us of His words – His promises – His commands – His reprimands.
Peter opens his second letter like this.
seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. - 2 Peter 1:3-4 NASB
Point 3 – By the knowledge of Him (the Holy Spirit will glorify Him and remind us of what He said) we receive everything we need for life and godliness.
This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He gives us what the cross bought us by way of revealing truth to us.
Point 4 – through precious and magnificent promises we partake in the divine nature.
That’s right – in John 16 when Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will take what belongs to Jesus and disclose it to us, He is saying that He is giving it to us. His declaration makes it so, in us. Remember this is the one who made declarations in a vacuum and created everything that is. When these words are passed over us and to us, and penetrate us – we partake – take part in – the divine nature.