“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with 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 that I have said to you.” (John 14:25-26).
As we continue studying the Gospel of John, we come away with the ongoing realization that Jesus spoke, taught and preached by His own authority. While Jesus often did quote Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; 4:14-21) and appealed to it as authoritative, He often appealed to His own authority as God. Such is the case with many portions found in John’s Gospel. Such is the case with Jesus’ words in this section of John’s Gospel known as the Upper Room Discourse (John 13-17). Such is the case with today’s text from that discourse.
Jesus begins to summarize what He has thus far said to His disciples. His reference to “these things” referred to all which Jesus has said since the beginning of John 13. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.” At this time, Jesus did not refer to the Old Testament Scriptures to verify what He said was truth. Rather, He referred to Himself as the authority that what He had thus far said was true and real.
However, Jesus then made a decisive promise when He referred to the Helper, the Holy Spirit. Jesus already mentioned the Holy Spirit in John 14:16-17. He identified the Holy Spirit not only as the Helper but also as the Spirit of truth. In today’s text, Jesus identified three more particulars concerning the Holy Spirit.
First, God the Father was the one responsible for sending the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,…” The promised Holy Spirit would continue to speak of the person and work of Jesus Christ. As the Helper God the Father sent, the Holy Spirit would not teach or do anything contradictory to the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is especially important to remember today when people will often seek to validate their sinful behavior by saying the Holy Spirit led them to do such and such when such behavior clearly contradicts Scripture.
Second, the Holy would teach all things to the disciples: “he will teach you all things.” Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would provide instruction to Jesus’ disciples at some future date.
Third, the Holy Spirit would also be personally involved in the development of the New Testament Scriptures: “and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” This is a vital biblical text regarding the inspiration, inerrancy and infallibility of the New Testament. As believers in Christ, we trust the Apostle’s account of the words and works of Jesus Christ because those words were brought to their remembrance by the Holy Spirit God.
Dr. John MacArthur comments that, “The Holy Spirit energized the hearts and minds of the apostles in their ministry, helping them to produce the NT Scripture. The disciples had failed to understand many things about Jesus and what he taught; but because of this supernatural work, they came to an inerrant and accurate understanding of the Lord and his work, and recorded it in the Gospels and the rest of the NT Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20–21).”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Peter 1:20-21 says, “Knowing this first of all that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
The Bible is not a book produced by human authors but rather the divinely inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. While the Holy Spirit God used human writers to produce sacred Scripture, the very words are sourced from and ultimately belong to God. Let us treat this words as such and seek to not only read and understand them but to also apply them in our lives.
Soli deo Gloria!