Remembrance of the Comforter

The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name shall teach you and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said. John 14:26.

The Holy Spirit by the hand of the apostle John presents this New Covenant relationship; abide in me and me in you. The Greek word meno (G3306) is used 15 times in the Lord’s discourse from the Gospel of John chapters 14 and 15, and is translated abides, endures, continues, remains and dwells. In his first epistle, John uses the word another 18 times, providing a dominant theme to the letter and to his Gospel. The variant translations only serve to dilute the emphasis John is placing on this doctrine.

Whosoever keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in them. And hereby we know that He abides in us; by the Spirit which He has given us. 1 John 3:24.

The Comforter, or advocate, helper and counselor, is described by the Lord as the promise of the Father, and He is our access to the Father and the Son. The remembrance of the Comforter embraces every promise fulfilled in the church described by the words “in Christ”. To be in Christ is to abide in the Holy Spirit and this is described by John in his second epistle as the doctrine of Christ.

Whosoever transgresses and abides not in the doctrine of Christ has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ has the Father and the Son. 2 John 9.

The doctrine of Christ is fully expounded upon by the Lord in John chapter five beginning at verse nineteen: “The Son can do nothing of himself but what he sees the Father do.” He continues through the end of the chapter. In verse 38, he tells those who do not believe in him, “and you have not his word (logos=intentions) abiding in you for whom He has sent, Him you believe not.” Thus they have no portion nor right nor memorial in Jerusalem. They were without repentance, having already rejected the witness of John the Baptist.

Any failure in recognizing and abiding in this doctrine will result in deviations of interpretation. For example, a very popular verse is found in Matthew 11:28; “come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” To abide in the doctrine of Christ you cannot separate this verse from the one proceeding:

All things have been delivered to me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Matthew 11:27. (Doctrine of Christ).

Jesus only speaks of himself as a mediator between God and man. (1 Tim 2:5). We can only continue to build upon what was begun by Jesus Christ by the ministry of reconciliation. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not go to heaven when you die, it is walk with God the Father, in the way of the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit while you live. To Abide! Be reconciled with God!

 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved by (living) His life. Romans 5:10.

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