“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 said to you.” (John 14:26)
“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.” (John 15:26)
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own initiative but whatever He hears, He will speak, and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine, therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” (John 16:13-15)
“This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore, having been exalted to the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He [Jesus] has poured forth this which you both see and hear.” (Acts 2:32-34)
I hear Christians saying they want to hear from “Father” through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. While it is true Jesus said in the passages above the Father would send the Spirit to guide us and inspire us, who did He consistently say we should be seeking to hear through the Spirit?
- The Spirit would help the disciples remember all Jesus said to them
- The Spirit would testify about Him [Jesus]
- The Spirit would not speak on His own initiative or glorify Himself [so much for a second filling], the Spirit would only speak, and then disclose, what He heard
- The Spirit would glorify Jesus, and disclose [speak] what Jesus told Him to say
- It was Jesus who poured forth the Spirt at Pentecost and gave the Spirit all that was seen and heard
- Everything the Father had insofar as His relationship with man is concerned was transferred to the Son because the Son brought about reconciliation and “became the new mediator between God and man,” and that is why this is all true.
In my last blog, Who Yo Daddy? Part I, I go extensively in to why Jesus must always stand front and center for the Christian who truly wants to hear from God. It is simply that Jesus came and provided the bridge, the connection point in whom “all things hold together (Col. 1)” between God and man because of His sacrifice on the cross that tore the former walls between them down. If that is the case, why all this emphasis on hearing from “Father” through the Holy Spirit?
I believe the enemy’s play here is to take our almighty God, creator of the universe, and because of one thing Jesus said among many about His Father reduce Him to a solely loving entity many call “Daddy” today. He has become, to many, One you’d give less respect to than your sports coach, your college professor, or your employer. The next step is to take this all-loving entity and place him in the position the Bible specifically reserves for Jesus as the One who speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. Now we have the Two persons of the Trinity the Bible tells us do not judge, in whose names demons cannot be cast out, and who did not bring the kingdom of heaven to earth leading and guiding us, rather than the One Paul says must reign (1 Cor. 15:24)—the One Revelations and Jesus Himself says is alone worthy to judge.
Through Jesus’ own words, “All judgement has been given over to the Son (John 5:22-23).” Indeed, “All things have been handed over to the Son from the Father (Matt. 11:27, John 16:15)” because before Jesus came to reconcile man and God the Father “had stopped caring for us (Heb. 8:9)” and the Spirit could not dwell in us. In Christ alone reconciliation and indwelling became a reality.
What the enemy has effectively accomplished here is moving Jesus to the back of the bus in favor of “Father” who judges no one and just wants to dote on us. Sounds like the perfect recipe for the master-deceiver who will do anything to take the focus off of the One, Jesus, who will ultimately defeat him doesn’t it?
To desire to hear from Father through the Holy Spirit is simply not biblical. I cannot find a single place in the NT where it is said the Father would speak to us through the Spirit, and that is because “there is a new Mediator between God and man, the Lord Jesus Christ” who alone paid the price of reconciliation! The wisest man who ever lived, after surrendering his wisdom to the foolishness of the world for a season and finally returning to it, concluded “The end of the matter is this: fear God and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person.” The One to fear is the One who paid the ultimate price to both save and judge His creation. That One is the One to whom the Father has given all things, and to whom the Spirit stands in submission and hears from: Jesus.
Without Jesus we’d still be under the law we couldn’t keep, an un-caring Father would still stand behind an impenetrable veil, and the Spirit would still be waiting to be unleashed. Let’s give the honor due the Son to Him until such time as all is accomplished and the Father becomes our all in all!