“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is a promise that Christ gave to each believer. Jesus said in verse 7, “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” In John 20:22, Jesus breathed on the disciples, and they received the Holy Ghost. From that time until now, the believer has had the Holy Ghost of God living inside of them. There are several works that the Holy Spirit does inside of the believer that I would like to point out to you.
First, the Holy Spirit comforts the believer. In verse 7, the Holy Spirit is called the “Comforter.” You are not left comfortless in your times of heartache because you have the Holy Spirit of God living inside of you who can comfort you from the inside out. No matter how bad something hurts inside, the Holy Spirit has the power to comfort you.
Second, the Holy Spirit reproves the believer. Verse 8 says, “And when he is come, he will reprove…” The word “reprove” means that He reprimands or rebukes. About what does He reprove the believer? He reproves them of their sin. The Holy Spirit is the One who convicts the believer of sin. He also reproves them of righteousness. In other words, the Holy Spirit not only rebukes the believer for things they have done, but He will also rebuke them for not doing things that they should do. The Holy Spirit also reproves the believer of judgment. In other words, the Holy Spirit tries to light the fire inside of the heart of the believer to do more for God because the time is short.
Third, the Holy Spirit will “guide you into all truth.” You could avoid false doctrine if you would listen to the Holy Spirit instead of getting caught up in the emotionalism of feel-good preachers. Just because something feels good and causes you to be emotional doesn’t mean it is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides you into truth, and truth is the facts, doctrines, and principles of God’s Word.
Fourth, the Holy Spirit will guide you in your decisions. The verse above says, “…and he will shew you things to come.” Yielding to the Holy Spirit is critical to your ability to making decisions of faith instead of making fear-based decisions. You will find that when yielded to the Holy Spirit, your decisions will never agree with the fear-promoted, feel-good decisions that come from the world.
Fifth, the Holy Spirit always glorifies Jesus. Verse 14 says, “He shall glorify me…” You won’t have a problem with your life glorifying God if you are yielded to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Because you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you have the power to do the works to others that He does through you. You will find that in all of these areas where the Holy Spirit guides you, that His guidance is to help others. If you want the Holy Spirit to work through you, you would be wise to comfort people, help bring them back to Christ, teach them the Word of God, help them with their decisions, and mold the lives of believers to glorify the LORD. You can enjoy the work of the Holy Spirit in your life if you will apply your life to do in others what the Holy Spirit does in you.