God’s Word and the Spirit of Truth

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

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.
(John 16:12)

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)

Reflection

Today’s Gospel passage leaves us to ponder deeply on the roles that the Second and Third Persons of the Trinity played and continue to play in our enlightenment and salvation. Jesus is the revelation of God the Father. He said, ”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 come to deepen the apostles’ understanding of our Lord’s revelation. In the course of Church history, the power of the same Advocate would lead all the saints in their individual missions to spread the Christian faith all over the world. He continues to inspire us today.

It was the Holy Spirit Who inspired the writings 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 is the testament of God’s will and plan of salvation. We are all urged to read the Bible, and meditate on God’s Word as often as we can, because, with the Spirit’s guidance, it is where we come to know all about our Lord, Jesus Christ. His lessons in the Bible lead us to a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work. St. Paul wrote: “In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us…. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (1Cor.2:10-12,14-16)

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 God, and enjoy His gifts, like wisdom, patience, fortitude, love, and the beauty of life in the Spirit!

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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