Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and we know this by waiting on Him with hope.
If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him or knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:15-18, NKJV, emphasis added)
The promise of the Holy Spirit was to bring much comfort to the Eleven (Judas had already left the scene) at the final Passover meal, or Last Super, because that night they were to be orphaned. The Master whom they followed day and night for the greater part of the last three years (and the last 18 months, or so, exclusively) was to complete what He was sent to accomplish. Jesus left His disciples instruction for the new dispensation of the Church. Because we are still in the age of the Church these promises are not exclusive to the Eleven, they also belong to you and I. The expectation of the Holy Spirit and the soon return of Jesus is an example of waiting with great hope. The following promises are given in this passage:
Keeping His commandments in love. The promise is received through our love for Him as we keep His commandments. This is not obedience equals salvation. This is obedience equals sanctification, or obtaining Christian maturity over time. It is also a promise of the Spirit of truth which empowers the children of Christ in order that obedience, and the resulting sanctification, is accomplished. It is never us. It is always God. And we are put in position to receive the promise by waiting on Him with hope, and allowing Him to work in us.
He will give you another Helper. Jesus was the Eleven’s Helper during their training period and because He was soon departing He promises another Helper, the Spirit of truth. The One who lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25) will pray for us to receive the Helper, the Spirit of truth. The Greek word for Helper is Paraclete or one who comes along your side to comfort, encourage or exhort. The word was used of a legal advisor, pleader, proxy, or advocate, one who comes forward in behalf of and as the representative of another. Jesus designates the Holy Spirit as Paraclete állos, or another, which means another of equal quality and not héteros, or another of a different quality. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is designated by Jesus Christ as equal with Himself, thus God. We, who are indwelt by the Spirit of truth, are indwelt by God. This is a promise to be comforted by. Our help is always with us. We are never alone. Wait on the Spirit of truth to work in you. Do not hurry. He will accomplish His will in you. It is a promise.
God is never in a hurry. God’s delays are always infinitely more profitable than our haste. We are always in a fever to do something for God and have forgotten that the first thing God wants is that we should be something for Him. – Alan Redpath
He will abide with you forever. In the Old Testament we often read of the Spirit coming and leaving. We do not need to worry about this because in the New Testament dispensation the believer is indwelt with the Spirit of truth forever. Abide in this grammatical structure meals to dwell and remain in place. The Spirit is never leaving you. You can choose to sin and stifle the working of the Holy Spirit, but He promises to be with you forever. But you will know Him, for He dwells in you. It is a promise to those who wait on God with great hope.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. Jesus had just called the Eleven little children in John 13:33. They will not be orphans begging on the street for their provision, lacking direction and the care of a loving parent. No, for they will be indwelt by God who comes to them in the Person of the Holy Spirit. The children of the King will have the power and protection of the Kingdom. It is a promise for those who wait on God with great hope.
Prayerfully meditate upon the promises of God given to you His child. The One who would never leave you nor forsake you is indwelling you. What does this mean to you personally? How can you apply these promises in your daily life? Pray for the Holy Spirit to be set ablaze in your life now. Wait upon Him with hope and receive His promises.