Living by Grace

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Differences in Our Helpers

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever  John 14:16

In our last devotional, we continued our study of the Holy Spirit with the statement from Jesus that He would send us another (another of the same kind) Helper after he leaves. We pointed out some of the ways Jesus and the Holy Spirit are alike. Today’s devotional will point out one major difference between them the two Helpers—Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Speaking of the Holy Spirit in John 14:17, Jesus says, “… the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells “with” you and will be “in” you. The Holy Spirit was “with” the Apostles because He was “in” Jesus. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to be “in” all believers. The Holy Spirit has become one with our spirits.

In John 16:7, Jesus says, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

Galatians 2:20, is one passage that explains why it is to our advantage that we have the Holy Spirit living in us. Paul writes “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Christ lived in Paul and lives in us because Romans 8:9 calls the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Christ. Paul was not alive because the moment the Spirit of Christ enters the life of a believer, his flesh is crucified. However, we must believe and choose the crucifixion of our flesh for it to be out of power.

Paul was explaining an advantage we have because the Holy Spirit lives in us when he wrote in Galatians 2:20 that “the life he lived was by the faith of Jesus.” The word “in” is not in the best translations of the passage.

We can have the same advantages of having the Holy Spirit in us by continuing to be filled with the Holy Spirit.