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Friday, June 10, 2011

6/11/11 Spirit and Truth John 16:13-15

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Thoughts: The Spirit that we celebrate tomorrow on Pentecost- is the Spirit of Truth.  The view that scriptures presents of God is that God does not lie or deceive.  Scriptures speak of God as the ultimate true reality.  There have always been those (Manicheas, Anabaptists) who speak of the Spirit speaking apart or even against the scriptures (and the Law).  But the Law is given by the Spirit.  It is no accident that the Spirit comes on Pentecost the anniversary of the celebration of the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai.  The Law and the Spirit go together.  The Spirit gives the Law, enables us to keep the Law, and guides us through the Law into the future.  Spirit and Truth go together.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, Spirit of holiness and truth, help me to see you by being holy, by seeking truth. 

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