The Word from 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)

Reflection

Jesus was telling His apostles that He was the revelation of God the Father. But it was the Holy Spirit who would deepen the apostles’ understanding of that revelation. 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 in Him. Jesus said the Spirit of Truth “will guide you to all truth… and will declare to you the things that are coming.” (Jn.16:13) We take inspiration from one of His greatest missionaries, St. Paul, the ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’. In the first reading, he boldly proclaimed to the pagan Greeks their “Unknown God” Who “gives to everyone life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:23,25) He also preached to them the Gospel of repentance and Christ’s resurrection, which were totally alien to most of them. But St. Paul’s boldness and wisdom converted a big number of Greeks.

Now I understand the power that drove St. Paul to proclaim the Good News so boldly among the pagan nations of his time. Indeed, he was chosen by God for his courage, zeal and erudition. But his spiritual formation did not take place overnight (as his transformation did). He probably went through many years studying the Scriptures when he was a Pharisee, and later as a follower of Christ. That was why it was so easy for the Holy Spirit to work on him. He took to teaching the Word of God like duck to water.

Whenever I am privileged to proclaim the Word of God in our Brotherhood’s Christian Life Program seminars, or in the ‘Days With The Lord’ sessions for young men, or share my life testimony in our breakfast fellowships, the joy and power of the Holy Spirit never fails to leave me fulfilled and invigorated. I cannot help but praise God for His love and inspiration. There is no joy greater than cooperating with His Spirit of Truth, Who gives us the words to speak, whether in English, Tagalog or Visayan.

The same Spirit inspired the writing of all the books in the Holy Bible, which the Magisterium of our Church acknowledged as the Word of God, the “Living Word”, or simply, the Truth, because it was inspired by the Spirit of Truth. That is why the Bible is totally trustworthy and reliable. It encapsulates the Covenant made by God with man, and is a testament of His will and plan of salvation. We are urged to read the Bible, and meditate on God’s Word as often as we can. Because it is where we come to know all about our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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. We will come to know more intimately the Triune 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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