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Chapter CONTEXT from MHCC: Persecution foretold. (1-6) The promise of the Holy Spirit, and his office. (7-15) Christ’s departure and return. (16-22) Encouragement to prayer. (23-27) Christ’s discoveries of himself. (28-33)
In the past, we have written many Devotionals about the Holy Spirit (type “Holy Spirit” in the upper right search box). Most deal with the functions or roles of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Holy Spirit, and other related Biblical precepts.
Our main text for today though makes clear the overriding role of the Holy Spirit is NOT about helping, teaching, or in any other way assisting you or me. The primary role of the Holy Spirit is to Glorify Christ. The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary reads:
He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine and show it unto you—Thus the whole design of the Spirit’s office is to glorify Christ—not in His own Person, for this was done by the Father when He exalted Him to His own right hand—but in the view and estimation of men. For this purpose He was to “receive of Christ”—all the truth relating to Christ—” and show it unto them,” or make them to discern it in its own light. The subjective nature of the Spirit’s teaching—the discovery to the souls of men of what is Christ outwardly—is here very clearly expressed; and, at the same time, the vanity of looking for revelations of the Spirit which shall do anything beyond throwing light in the soul upon what Christ Himself is, and taught, and did upon earth.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon July 26, 1888
Scripture: John 16:14-15
From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 40