“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (John 16:13)

On the night of the Last Supper, the words Jesus was sharing with the apostles filled them with questions. He increased their dismay by telling them that not only would He be leaving shortly, they would suffer persecution for His name and He wasn’t going to around to help them and give them advice and encouragement. Yet He did encourage them by telling them that His place would be taken by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would be with them at all times and in every place and situation. He would use them and all who would place their faith in Jesus to do the work the Lord did. His job was to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. This meant that men would see their sins in light of the gospel but also would be granted the righteousness of Jesus by faith in Him. All would be judged by their response to that faith.

All believers benefit from the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Lord has commissioned us as His ambassadors to preach the gospel. Many of us shrink back from that commission with the excuse that we lack the courage or wisdom or speaking ability or talent to do so. But this is no excuse because it is obvious that we do lack such abilities and the Lord knows this! The Holy Spirit will enable each believer to do that which he or she cannot. He will provide each of us with the words we need at the appropriate time. He will use us to speak of Jesus and His love. He will use us to witness for the Name of Jesus. He will use us to bring God glory by leading others to Him.