“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples on the night He was betrayed. He knew that the events that were soon to occur would cause them great anxiety and fear because they did not understand the eternal importance of what was happening. We who walk in faith have the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us in our times of struggle and doubt.
The promises of Jesus regarding the Holy Spirit are designed to fill us with peace and hope in these days of moral upheaval and change. The Comforter strengthens, instructs and guides all who have faith for He is the Spirit of truth. Since Jesus is the truth the Spirit of truth must bear witness to Jesus who is the Word of God, truth incarnate. He will glorify Jesus and bear witness to the fact that He is both savior and Lord God. All that Jesus said and did, all that He was and is, is truth. The truth He brings is all truth essential for salvation. Hence the Holy Spirit directs all men to Christ who bore our sins to the cross. The Holy Spirit causes men to see their guilt and leads them to repentance by faith in the finished work of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit also guides and illumines the minds of believers when we study the word of God. Since He is the Spirit of truth He will never reveal anything that is not true. Nothing He will say to us today contradicts or supersedes the written word. As He shows us and helps us understand the truth of God’s word, He encourages us by reminding us that all God’s promises are true and certain. He will not leave or forsake us.