Today we read from John all about the Holy Spirit. What Jesus tells us about the Holy Spirit, so that we keep a reservoir of truth in us. Jesus says that His truth will set people free. When Jesus says we are free we are free indeed. Jesus has given us a salvation that sets us free from all forms of afflictions (mental and physical), but we focus on mental health today because it is not in the seen realm and many sufferers are often misunderstood, being neglected and left out in healing, and worse, in some places, discriminated against.
Jesus speaks of freedom from all forms of captivity: body, soul and spirit. When a believer of Jesus is born again, he or she receives a new spirit, perfectly born of the Holy Spirit and God’s incorruptible words. But he still has a soul (mental and emotional parts) and a body from his past. The afflictions are in these parts of the born again new creation. Jesus speaks of these parts as well. He heals and sets free all who are willing.
When a believer is born again, he is born of the Holy Spirit and is given the status of the children of God, and has a spirit that can communicate to God. He is given the nature and character of God (the Father), living a holy and godly life.
When he is baptized with the Holy Spirit by Jesus, the believer receives the ability to function like Jesus, doing the things that Jesus did and even greater things together with other believers, using the gifts of the Holy Spirit and ministering to others in the power of the Holy Spirit. The children of God are led by the Holy Spirit to live a more than conqueror’s life.
How do we take (and receive)?
The Holy Spirit helps us. So let’s continue to know about the Holy Spirit.
John 8:31-32, 36
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
Bible verse from John on the Hoy Spirit:
And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
[ The Promise of the Holy Spirit ] On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”[a]
But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
[ The Coming Rejection ] “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ followers received the baptism with the Holy Spirit:
Acts 1:4, 9 New Living Translation (NLT)
4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with[a] water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
…9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.
2:1-4 On the day of Pentecost[e] all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[f] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.