The Holy Spirit Part III Kay K. Peebles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pharaoh had two very troubling dreams.  They were so concerning to him he sought the counsel of all his magicians and wise men but no one could interpret his dreams.  Pharaoh’s chief butler and his baker had been in prison with Joseph (son of Jacob), and Joseph interpreted each of their dreams.  When Pharaoh became distraught and desperate to know the meaning of his dreams, his butler told him about Joseph.  Pharaoh called for Joseph from prison and after listening to him recite his dreams, Joseph explained the meaning of his dreams.  Because of his wisdom, Pharaoh named Joseph second in command over all of Egypt.  The only one with greater power and authority in Egypt was Pharaoh himself.  Joseph was successful because he walked in the Counsel of the Lord.  See Genesis Chapter 41.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and all the magicians, astrologers, the Chaldeans and soothsayers in his kingdom were not able to interpret his dream.  He appealed to Daniel (Belteshazzar) to tell him the meaning of his dream.  He spoke to Daniel, “declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation:  but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.”  Nebuchadnezzar saw something in Daniel like Pharaoh saw in Joseph.  It was obvious the spirit of the Lord was with Joseph and Daniel to give them wise Counsel.  See Daniel Chapter 4.

The Holy Spirit series is teaching the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, disciples of Jesus Christ.  In Part I, I highlighted the Holy Spirit who Intercedes through us.  Part II emphasized the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth who will lead us into all truth.  Part III further explains the Holy Spirit’s role as our Counselor.

3)  Counselor

Counselor defined by Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is as follows:  to advise; to deliberate or resolve; consult, (give take) counsel, determine, devise, guide, purpose.  This is the role of Jesus as shown in Isaiah 9:6-7 and it is now the role of the Holy Spirit according to John 16:7-11.

Isaiah prophesied about a counselor who was to come.  He is Jesus the Messiah for whom Israel was waiting.  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace…”  See Isaiah 9:6-7.

Jesus prepared his disciples for his death and resurrection by encouraging that they would be better off if He went away so that the Holy Spirit could come.  “But I tell you the truth it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].  And when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness and about judgment; about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see me; about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.”  John 16:7-11.

It is the Holy Spirit who speaks to our minds and hearts teaching us about Jesus and giving us revelation as we worship Him, pray, read and study the Word of God.  James, the brother of Jesus wrote, “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach; and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5.  He goes on to say we must ask in faith, believing that God will give us the wisdom we need.  Wisdom and counsel go hand in hand.

It is amazing that the Holy Spirit has been given to believers so that we never have to lack in wisdom, understanding, knowledge or revelation of who Jesus is and how we are to live.  We need a counselor not only for understanding the written word, we need to know what to do in our everyday lives.  He helps us discern which job offer to accept, and whether to move or to stay where we are.  We need to know what to do when problems arise and we need discernment to see the spiritual battles we face.  These are just a few examples of the counsel the Holy Spirit gives us.

The Apostle Paul was led by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem where the Jewish Sanhedrin would arrest him and put him on trial.  The Holy Spirit also spoke to Agabus, a prophet from Judea who came to see Paul and warn him about the dangers in going to Jerusalem.  See Acts Chapter 21.  Paul realized the Lord was leading him despite knowing that he would be arrested and imprisoned once he reached Jerusalem.  His goal was to be able to share the Gospel with Caesar in Rome.  Those around Paul at the time were trying to persuade him not to go.  “Then Paul replied, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart [like this]?  For I am ready not only to be bound and imprisoned, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’  And since he would not be dissuaded, we stopped pleading and fell silent, saying, “The Lord’s will be done!”  Acts 21:13-14.

While the church grieved his being imprisoned in Rome, Paul was writing his letters to the churches and recording all the rich Biblical teaching from which we now benefit.  He willingly gave up his freedom in order to preach to the Jewish hierarchy, kings and even Caesar, giving them a chance to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  “And now, compelled by the Spirit and obligated by my convictions, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit solemnly [and emphatically] affirms to me in city after city that imprisonment and suffering await me.”  Acts 20:22-23.  Paul graciously left us with Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philippians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon.  His willingness to “suffer” for the Kingdom of God has reaped a great harvest of faith in the Lord and righteous living in the church today.

The written Word of God is wonderful, insightful and full of revelation about the Lord and His Kingdom, but we need more than the written word alone to stand.  We must have an intentional abiding relationship with the Lord through the Holy Spirit and allow Him to Counsel us through our daily lives and help us discover the purpose for which God created us.  He is the One who reminds us of past victories to encourage us in our present battles.  When darkness surrounds us and we feel abandoned and almost hopeless, He is the one who causes us to recall a hymn, song or scripture that lifts us up so that we can see His light and feel His presence holding us up and carrying us through.  The Counselor is the one who quickens us and calls us to join the fight, the spiritual battle and gives us the strategies for full victory for ourselves and others.  He is the One who gives us dreams and visions, renews our strength and instills hope in our hearts.

In The Holy Spirit Part II which taught about the Spirit of Truth, I explained that Paul, who was not a first-hand witness to Jesus’ ministry, was thoroughly instructed about the Gospel through the counsel of the Holy Spirit.  I find it amazing that He wrote the majority of the New Testament although the 12 original disciples wrote very little comparatively.  Their books were the testimony about what Jesus did and who He was/is.  Paul’s writings have taught believers for centuries how Christians should live and conduct themselves according to Jesus’ example.  This combination of approach in the New Testament is paramount to a believer’s understanding of God and His Kingdom.

Peter was made aware of Ananias’ and Sapphira’s deceit in the sale of their land and the amount they intended to give to the church by the Counsel of the Holy Spirit.  They promised the entire sale price to go to the church but secretly, both agreed to hold back some of the money and therefore lied to Peter.  It was the Counsel of the Holy Spirit that made Peter aware of their false testimony and deceit.  “But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and [secretly] keep back for yourself some of the proceeds [from the sale] of the land?  As long as it remained [unsold], did it not remain your own [to do with as you pleased]?  And after it was sold, was the money not under your control?  Why is it that you have conceived this act [of hypocrisy and deceit] in your heart?  You have not [simply] lied to people, but to God.”  Acts 5:3-4.

When the Israelites were in the wilderness heading to the Promised Land, they had sinned many times against the Lord by worshipping the false gods of Egypt and rejecting God’s personal invitation to abide in His presence.  Because of their evil deeds, they lacked the counsel necessary to walk in obedience to God.  Moses lamented in Deuteronomy 32:28-29, “For they are a nation devoid of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.  O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they could discern their future and ultimate fate!”  Because they rejected the Counsel of the Lord, they ultimately rejected their Messiah.  As a result, the Lord put a veil of blindness over their eyes until He once again draws them back to Himself.

“He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, to keep themselves from seeing with their eyes and understanding with their heart and being converted otherwise, I [their God] would heal them.”  Isaiah 12:40.

We desperately need the Holy Spirit’s Counsel.  We cannot reject His invitation to commune with us like the Israelites did or we will be found opposing the Lord as they were.  He is our eyes and our ears into heaven.  He is the one who gives us glimpses into God’s Glory.  He conveys our heart’s cry to the Lord and He shows us the Heart of God for His people.  He Intercedes through us when we do not know what to pray (Part I) and He leads us into all Truth (Part II).   Jesus said it was better for Him to go so that He could send us the Holy Spirit.  When we receive the Counsel of the Holy Spirit, we will not fail, we will be more than conquerors!

Peace by Larry W Peebles

Peace   by   Larry W Peebles   February 9, 2018   18.04

Winston Churchill found himself in quite a dilemma his first day on the job.  As the brand new Prime Minister of Britain in May of 1940, he saw the army of Nazi Germany (6.5 million including reserves, and 18.5 million including the navy and air force) had conquered most of mainland Europe.  News came the invasion of France had begun.  Before the month was over, French and allied troops were pushed north toward the English Channel at Dunkirk.  The French army suffered 270,000 devastating casualties.  The Nazis had pinned Britain’s remaining army of 300,000 with their backs to the sea.  Sunken ships in the waters around Dunkirk severely restricted the British Navy’s ability to rescue the trapped soldiers in time.  Their big ships had only limited access to the beaches.  The fall of France was imminent.  The King of England was considering evacuating the royal family to Canada.  Many in Britain’s Parliament, and in the Department of War, clamored for a negotiated peace with Germany.  They hoped to save the lives of their troops and avoid a prolonged war with an army of superior numbers and equipment.  Churchill had only days to decide the course of action.  His decision would affect the world.

Churchill was not only a statesman, having held many seats in Parliament and in the British government, he was also a soldier.  He had been an officer in the British Army in India and in WW I.  He knew the value of a soldier’s life, and he had seen the horrors of war.  He was more than capable of negotiating a peace with Germany.  However, he also knew peace with Germany was not the answer.  He could not imagine life in a Nazi-occupied Britain, where there would be no freedom.

Powerful and ruthless in war, the Nazis were experimenting with human lives to create a “master race.”  Races they indiscriminately determined to be “inferior”, such as the Jews, were being callously exterminated in gas chambers.  Churches were being taken over by the state, and crosses on the altar were replaced with pictures of Hitler, the Supreme Commander of the Army.  He answered to no one.  European countries that had attempted to make peace or declare their neutrality were given false assurances until Hitler was ready, then they were suddenly invaded without warning and conquered.  Blitzkrieg, or lightening warfare, was the term given to their attack methods.  Combining armor, infantry and air strikes, and presenting an ever-moving front, they often encircled an enemy in order to annihilate.  Hitler was an evil monster who could not be appeased.  To negotiate with him was to make a deal with the devil himself.  Churchill said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

During Britain’s darkest hour, Churchill called for a daring crossing of the English Channel to rescue the soldiers at Dunkirk.  Civilians in over 800 boats of all sizes answered the call.  Many made more than one trip across the water and back with their boat full of soldiers, including the wounded.  Over 330,000 British, Dutch and French soldiers were rescued.  Realizing his actions could either rally or dispirit the people, the King decided to remain in the country, and agreed to back Churchill’s position on the war.

Churchill inspired Parliament and a nation with his famous speech which declared the country would not surrender.  He challenged the people to fight the evil Nazis “on the seas and oceans…we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, on the landing grounds…in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”  When dealing with something so evil, so very contrary to whatever is right and just in humankind, there is no making peace with the enemy.  Better to die than to submit to its captivity.

Hezekiah faced a similar situation long before Churchill did.  In Isaiah Chapters 36 and 37, the Bible gives the story of King Hezekiah and Jerusalem threatened by Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, who had already taken all the fortified cities of Judah.  Military historians label Assyria as the first superpower of the ancient world, and favorably compare their military tactics to the Germans of WWII.  They employed a large well-trained, full-time paid army, fully equipped with metal weapons.  Brutality and savagery were effectively used as psychological weapons to instill fear in the hearts of their enemy.  Sturdy, four-horse chariots carrying four men struck like lightening and pierced holes in the front lines.  They were virtually unstoppable.  The infantry carried huge shields, and were even trained to cross water by breathing from air-filled leather bags.  They had taken the practice of war to a new level.

Sennacherib’s representative, Rabshaken, had promised 2,000 horses to the men walled up in Jerusalem if they would surrender.  Within the hearing of everyone in the city, he had belittled Hezekiah by challenging that they did not have the men to put on the 2,000 horses.  Further, he said they had no hope that their God would help them, because their God had not stopped the Assyrians to this point.  In Isaiah 36:16, he went on to say that the people should not listen to their own King Hezekiah; rather, they should surrender to him, and everyone would “eat from his own vine, and his own fig tree, and drink the waters of his own cistern.”  It sounded so good.  There was no need to fight.  If everyone would just surrender, there could be peace.

Hezekiah did not fall for the sweet sound of the peace offered.  He would not surrender.  He knew of the Assyrians’ brutal treatment of its captives.  Instead, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth (a sign of repentance), and went to the house of the Lord to seek a word from the Lord.  That word came from the prophet Isaiah.  He sent word to Hezekiah in 37:6-7- “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria [Rabshaken] have blasphemed me.  Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own hand.”  Hezekiah then prayed (verses 16-20), recounting to God the situation and the way the Assyrians had insulted God, ending with-“Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone.”

Isaiah recorded God’s answer to the prayer in verses 22-35.  In verse 29, God said- “I will put my hook in your nose (Sennacherib) and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way which you came.”  The angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrians in their camp that night (v.36), and the next morning Sennacherib went away.  He returned to Nineveh, where his two sons killed him with the sword.

Here are seven points to take away from the stories of Hezekiah and Churchill:

  1. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and true peace comes from Him.  Isaiah 9:6.  As the “angel of the Lord”, He will fight for us.
  2. There is a difference between worldly peace, and spiritual or inner peace. Romans 8:6, Isaiah 26:3.
  3. The Word of God encourages us that we are to do our part so that if possible, we are to live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18.
  4. The Word of God instructs us to resist the devil. We are to submit to God, but resist the devil (James 4:7).  Resist means to withstand, strive against, or oppose in some manner.  Peace does not mean the absence of war.  There are certain times and certain evil enemies where battle is required before peace can come.
  5. The biggest army does not always win the peace. God cares about righteousness and justice.
  6. Prayer is effective for peace. Philippians 4:6-7- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
  7. We are not to be afraid of the battle. In John 14:27, Jesus said- “Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  This suggests we can call on Him to control our fears.  Colossians 3:15 says we should “let the peace of God rule in your [our] hearts.”  The story of King Jehoshaphat of Judah in 2 Chronicles Chapter 20 is full of encouragement on this point.

There is evil in the world today which must be defeated.  There is no making peace with these forces.  Wherever innocent lives are taken, human rights are taken, or corruption exists in government, we are to resist.  These are the direct product of the work of the devil in the world, and we are to pray, withstand, strive against and oppose in some manner.  The battle is the Lord’s.  When the victory is ours, peace will come.  1 Peter 3:12 says- “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous.  And His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  We are not assured of a world without evil, and to the extent there is evil in the world, we may not find world peace.  We are assured we can resist evil, yet still have the peace that comes from God.

The Holy Spirit Part II Kay Keith Peebles

Kay K. Peebles

 

 

 

 

 

One minute he could see and the next, he was blind!  Saul of Tarsus was a young Pharisee living in Jerusalem, who was zealous for the Jewish faith.  Stephen was a new believer in Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, godly character and wisdom.  He had just been appointed by the Apostles to serve in the distribution of food to the widows among the new disciples of Christ.  Jesus had been crucified four years earlier and the clash between the staunch Jewish leaders and the new believers in Jesus was festering.  Stephen, full of grace and power was doing signs and wonders before the people.  He was quickly noticed by the Jewish leaders and caught in the crossfire of the two beliefs.  The Jewish hierarchy had rejected Jesus as the Jewish Messiah while the Jewish disciples of Jesus accepted Him as their Messiah, Savior and Lord.  Stephen was brought for questioning before the leaders of the Synagogue of the Freedmen, but they could not refute his arguments about Jesus.  They treated Stephen much like they did Jesus by using false testimony in order to kill him.

Stephen continued to preach about Jesus and His fulfillment of all the prophecies about the coming Messiah in the Jewish Torah and the writings of the prophets.  While they were stoning him, Saul was standing close by holding the outer garments of those who were stoning Stephen.  He was zealous to rout out all the new disciples of Jesus and eradicate their voice because many of the Jews were turning to faith in Jesus Christ (Messiah).  Moments before he died, Stephen looked up to heaven and asked the Lord God not to hold his death against his persecutors.  What they did not realize was the message Stephen preached was Truth, and they were fighting against the Lord God Himself by killing His disciples!

Time passed and zealous Saul received papers from the High Priest to go into neighboring towns and villages to arrest Jesus’ disciples and bring them to Jerusalem for imprisonment and subsequent death.  While travelling from Jerusalem to Damascus the Lord appeared to Saul as a brilliant flashing light and spoke in a thundering voice.  He asked Saul why he was persecuting His people.  The power of God’s voice threw Saul to the ground and the men with him shrunk in fear at the authority they heard and felt.  Instantly Saul’s eyes became blinded by scales which remained for three days.  The men with Saul brought him into Damascus in order for him to rest and recover.  The Lord then spoke to a disciple named Ananias and sent him to minister to Saul.

Ananias told Saul God had sent him to lay hands upon him to receive the Holy Spirit and regain his sight.  At that moment, the scales fell off his eyes and Saul could see again.  Completely healed and filled with the Holy Spirit, Saul went into the synagogues to preach about Jesus the Son of God, the Messiah for whom the Jews had been waiting.  See Acts Chapter 9.  Eventually, Saul’s name was changed to Paul and he wrote the majority of the New Testament in the Bible.

Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do?

1.)  Intercessor – In Part 1, We learned that the Holy Spirit intercedes through us praying directly to God.

2.)  Spirit of Truth – In Part II, The Holy Spirit leads us into all Truth.

Saul was a Jewish Pharisee who studied and taught with the scriptures of the Torah.  The writings of the Torah were the compiled knowledge of the Jewish faith (written by Moses).  They are the first 5 books of the Bible.  Prophecies in the Jewish scriptures prepared the Jews for a day when Messiah would come to His People.  Although their texts were accurate, their perception of how their Messiah would come and what He would do was very different from what Jesus actually said and did.  Saul’s mindset was based on partial truth.  When Messiah Jesus came, the majority of the Jewish hierarchy rejected Him as their Messiah although He fulfilled all 353 prophecies in the Torah and the writings of the Jewish prophets regarding His coming.  Much of their blindness was due to valuing the traditions of man in their faith more than an abiding relationship with God.  They practiced their Judaism outwardly, but inwardly their hearts were far from God.

Saul was zealous for what he knew, but he staunchly rejected his Messiah when He came.  It took extreme measures for God to get his attention and guide him to receive the Holy Spirit who would lead him into all Truth!

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth].  For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father-the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].  He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and disclose it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine.  Because of this I said that He [the Spirit] will take from what is Mine and will reveal it to you.”  John 16:13-15.

We must have the Holy Spirit to walk in Truth.  The men and women of the Old Testament had encounters by the Holy Spirit.  He is the third Person of the Godhead, but His intent is to always point to the Father and the Son.  The Prophets of Israel all prophesied through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  He would come “upon” them and they would deliver the word of the Lord.  Prior to Pentecost, the Holy Spirit worked outwardly with mankind but after the resurrection of Jesus, He came to dwell inside the heart of man.  Today, we have the privilege of daily hearing from and being directed by the Holy Spirit.  By living inside us, the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to empower us, inspire us and transform us into the image of Jesus Christ.

He is the One who convicts us of sin, confirms there is a judgement of Satan and all who follow his ways.  He also gives us confidence in the resurrection of the believer’s soul into eternal life.  (See The Holy Spirit Part I).  It is not hard to believe there is such a strong warfare against having the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us into all Truth.  The devil has done a great job at deceiving the body of Christ with the “doctrines of demons” which have not only divided them, but in some cases, led many into a false security of salvation.

The work of the Holy Spirit is to illuminate the scriptures and lead us into all Truth.  His process is much like that which Jesus did with the two men on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus sat with them and explained the scriptures concerning Himself from the beginning in Genesis through to His resurrection.  See Luke 24:13-35.  Those who read the Bible but struggle with understanding it need the Holy Spirit to help them understand.  Many are confused by the contradicting doctrines preached in churches today.  However, they can become settled and encouraged by the voice of the Holy Spirit who calms the storms of controversy with His message of Truth.  His work not only inspires and teaches, it affirms by experience, attesting signs and wonders following.  “These signs will accompany those who have believed:  in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”  Mark 16:17-18.

“At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders (attesting miracles) were continually taking place among the people.  And by common consent, they all met together [at the temple] in [the covered porch called [Solomon’s portico.”  Acts 5:12.

“So Paul and Barnabas stayed for a long time, speaking boldly and confidently for the Lord, who continued to testify to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders (attesting miracles) be done by them.”  Acts 14:3.

“[and besides this evidence] God also testifying with them [confirming the message of salvation], both by signs and wonders and by various miracles [carried out by Jesus and the apostles] and by [granting to believers the] gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”  Hebrews 2:4.

We need the Holy Spirit.  We need Him to illuminate the written Word of God to our minds and hearts.  We need the empowering work of sanctification to rout out all our sinful and destructive character traits making us holy and faithful disciples of Christ. We need more than a “head” knowledge of the Word of God, we need a life-transforming Gospel that not only changes us, but also effectually changes those who are around us.

The Holy Spirit in us is the River of God that flows to and through us touching others.  It is the fire of God that fuels the zeal to evangelize, heal and deliver those in bondage while making disciples of those who believe in Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and He leads us into all truth.  Fear, confusion, doubt, insecurity and indecisiveness cannot stand when the Holy Spirit speaks!  His voice cuts through the darkness and emboldens even the weakest of believers.  His work enables us to die to self in order to live for Christ!

We live in treacherous times, the end times.  Now more than ever, we MUST be able to hear God’s voice of Truth.  The Holy Spirit has been given to all who believe in Jesus.  As scripture has said, it is not enough just to be baptized in the name of Jesus, we must also be baptized in the Holy Spirit.    “They came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for He had not yet fallen on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of Jesus [as His possession].  Then Peter and John laid their hands on them [one by one], and they received the Holy Spirit.  Acts 8:15-17.  See also Acts 19:1-6.

Jesus said, “it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].  And He, when He comes will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:  about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me; because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.  I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now.  But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth].”  John 16:6-13a.

Come Holy Spirit!  Abide in us and lead us into ALL TRUTH.