The Word and the Spirit of Truth

John 16: 12-15
Acts 17: 15, 22 — 18: 1 / Ps 148: 1-2, 11-14

…when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.
(John 16:13)

May the living Word live within,
That we may grow and bear much fruit;
And God’s will in our life be seen,
Revealed by His Spirit of Truth.

Jesus said, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are coming. He will bring glory to me because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” (John 16:12-15)


Jesus was running out of time, and His apostles were already on their wits’ end trying to grasp all the things that He was telling them. But He knew that when the Advocate came down to them on Pentecost in tongues of fire, they would understand everything. It was enough that our Lord had revealed to them the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, and the working relationships of the Triune God for the first time.

Jesus is the revelation of God the Father. He told His apostles, “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him” (Jn.14:7), and “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (Jn.14:11). But it would be the Holy Spirit who would deepen the apostles’ understanding of that revelation. In the course of Church history, the same Advocate would lead all the martyrs and saints in their individual missions to spread the Christian faith all over the world. Without His guidance and inspiration, as well as His power, Christ’s heralds of God’s kingdom would not be able to comprehend His Divine Nature, and the salvation plan of the Father working through Him.

It is also the same Spirit Who inspired the writing of all the books in the Holy Bible, which the Magisterium of our Church had acknowledged as the Word of God, the “Living Word”, or simply, the Truth, because it was inspired by the Spirit of Truth. No one has ever found any mistake or falsehood in the Bible. It is totally trustworthy and reliable. It encompasses the Covenant made by God with man, and is a testament of His will and plan of salvation. All Christians are urged to read the Bible, and meditate on God’s Word as often as they can, because, with the Spirit’s guidance, it is where we come to know all about our Lord, Jesus Christ. St. Jerome wrote that lack of knowledge of Scriptures is lack of knowledge of Christ.

The Bible is rich with passages of life. Whenever we come across verses there that inspire us, let us memorize them so that they may live in our heart. Jesus said, “The Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you” (Jn.16:15). His ‘Living Word’ will protect us from danger, shield us from temptation, and transform us into a new creation of the Spirit. We will come to know more intimately the living Triune God, and enjoy His gifts, like wisdom, patience, fortitude, love, and the beauty of life in the Spirit! Live in God’s Word!

We praise and thank You, Father God, for the life of Jesus that we have found in the Bible, as inspired by Your Holy Spirit. His Word has transformed us; may the Holy Spirit sustain our faith all the days of our lives. Amen.

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