Our Need for the ComforterBro. David Chancellor
1/22/2006 11:00 AM
But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Jesus was preparing the disciples for what lay ahead. The disciples were sad to think they would lose their friend Jesus. Jesus was trying to encourage them. He was trying to help them to see that it would be to their advantage for him to go away. It is still expedient for us that the Comforter come.
Often the importance of coming and having your sins forgiven is stressed, but the experience of sanctification is also important. We need the Comforter in our hearts and lives because he makes us what we need to be.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
It is important that people keep the commandments of God as soon as they begin to serve God. At the beginning, their knowledge may be lacking, but they should live to all they know and seek to know more. We need the abiding presence of God. We need the Spirit of God to be all that we should be as God’s church. Jesus was trying to help them to see there was a deeper relationship for them to have.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Jesus was trying to help them see that the abilities they had been given came from him. He was trying to help them to see their dependence on him. Jesus knew they needed to be purged, cleansed and have the Spirit within to be able to bear much spiritual fruit. He wanted people to see God in them even after Jesus was gone away. The world should see God in us in every aspect of our lives. To purge, you cut away the excess, so that the fruit will receive more and grow larger. We need the things that are unlike God taken from us.
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
“An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin.” We often think of sin as an act of willful disobedience to God. The attitudes and tendencies that keep the fruit from coming forth is also inherent sin. This you can’t ask for forgiveness for, but for deliverance from. This is what needs to be purged.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Is this your heart? Can God point you in a direction and you go that way?
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes…” Just because you think a way is right doesn’t mean that God does. Seek to go God’s way. People find trouble in their walk with God when they hold back a part.
“To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Many just want to settle for sacrifice. We should desire to do right. God has grace for this.
1 Corinthians 3:1-5
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
Paul wasn’t able to tell these some things. He was seeing the need of the Spirit. We need the Spirit of God to help us rise above the pettiness and the carnal nature. Mankind has always had trouble with breaking off into their own little groups. We need the Spirit of God to change us. God doesn’t want us off having our own little groups; he wants us abiding in the vine. Pride and division will hinder God’s work. The love of God in us should draw us together for God’s purpose.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Jesus prayed that his people would be made one. The Spirit of God in us causes us to care about others. The gospel needs to be a life-changing message. We need the Spirit to free us from our inherent nature. Without the Spirit of God, it is a life we can’t life.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
“…that ye prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God…” We need to be able to show what the will of God is. Prove the right by living it. It takes the Spirit of God to do this. Be submitted to God and fill the place for your day. It is expedient that we have the infilling of God’s Spirit to do what he would have us to do. The church will prosper in our day when each of us lives as a living sacrifice under the direction of the Holy Spirit.