Tuesday, 3 January 2012

'The spirit of the truth . . . will guide YOU into all the truth.' - John 16:13.

All Scriptures are taken from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures unless otherwise stated.

'However, when that one arrives, the spirit of the truth, he will guide YOU into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to YOU the things coming.' - John 16:13.

When the spirit of the truth was released, at Pentecost 33 C.E., there were at least 120 Christians gathered together who were affected by this outpouring of holy spirit. There were many physical signs of this event, and they were recorded in the bible, for all to read and witness about them.

'Now while the day of the [festival of] Pentecost was in progress they were all together at the same place, and suddenly there occurred from heaven a noise just like that of a rushing stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. And tongues as if of fire became visible to them and were distributed about, and one sat upon each of them, and they all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak with different tongues, just as the spirit was granting them to make utterance.' - Acts 2:1-4.

None of those experiencing this had expected what had happened, and many others not of this crowd bore witness to what was taking place, although it puzzled them greatly, with some accusing those affected by holy spirit of being drunk. At this point, Peter began to explain what it meant for them all:

But Peter stood up with the eleven and raised his voice and made this utterance to them: 'Men of Judea and all YOU inhabitants of Jerusalem, let this be known to YOU and give ear to my sayings. These [people] are, in fact, not drunk, as YOU suppose, for it is the third hour of the day. On the contrary, this is what was said through the prophet Joel, "And in the last days," God says, "I shall pour out some of my spirit upon every sort of flesh, and YOUR sons and YOUR daughters will prophesy and YOUR young men will see visions and YOUR old men will dream dreams, and even upon my men slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. And I will give portents in heaven above and signs on earth below, blood and fire and smoke mist, the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great  and illustrious day of Jehovah arrives. And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved." ' - Acts 2:14-21.

This mention of the ancient prophecy of Joel made it clear that what was happening was in fulfilment of this prophecy, and when Peter spoke of David mentioning these events in two of his psalms, this acted as a reminder of how long these events had been known of, and how Jesus would give his life for us all, and for the sake of Jehovah God's sovereignty.

'For David says respecting him, "I had Jehovah constantly before my eyes; because he is at my right hand that I may never be shaken. On this account my heart became cheerful and my tongue rejoiced greatly. Moreover, even my flesh will reside in hope; because you will not leave my soul in Ha'des, neither will you allow your loyal one to see corruption. You have made life's ways known to me, you will fill me with good cheer with your face." ' - Acts 2:25-28.

David's certainty of Jehovah's promise of redemption was strong. When he mentioned Ha'des he, of course, meant the common grave, and the fact that he would one day be raised from the dead, to live in an earthly paradise, along with many other believers in Jehovah God and Jesus Christ. This certainty is a great lesson to be learned by all of us in these days of the end of times. If we can hold on to that certainty, of Jesus Christ's great sacrifice for our redemption, and of the blessings that Jehovah will bestow on all of his children who exercise faith in him, then we will be able to face the coming storms with a strength of mind and spirit, that will see us through whatever is thrown at us.

May Jehovah bless us all, and keep us all safely in his memory.

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