John 16:12-13 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
God knows our capacity. It probably took the disciples quite a while to absorb and process what Jesus did tell them in the hours before He was arrested, and the events from the point He was arrested until He was resurrected doubtless added to their confusion. That’s a major function of the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus says here. Even the Holy Spirit doesn’t reveal everything to us at once, but as Jesus said, He guides us into all truth. Truth is something like a magnificent palace. When we first see it we may be impressed with how beautiful it is, but that’s without even getting in the door. The Holy Spirit is our guide, first through the door, but then into room after room. The thing is, this palace is huge, and not everyone gets the same tour. In fact, on this earth we don’t have time, even, to get to all the rooms. I don’t think it’s stretching the analogy to say that if we tried charging in on our own we would quickly get lost, even if we made it into the front door. God doesn’t try to keep His truth secret from us, far from it. However, without the Holy Spirit’s guidance we are entirely capable of overlooking major things and of misinterpreting even what we do see. There is an old hymn that I first learned and loved in Japanese before discovering the English original. (I actually think the Japanese version is better.) The title is Dear Spirit, Lead Thou Me. The Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement tends to focus on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but I personally think this function of leading us into all truth is even more important.
I know that my response to this whole issue is colored by my motivational gifting, as Paul expressed it in Romans 12:6-8. I have very strong Teacher gifting, to the point that, after they got to know me through my interpreting for them, Don and Katie Fortune started using me as an illustration of that gift when they taught on the Motivational Gifts. With that gifting, I love to learn and absorb truth, but I have the tendency to expect others to do the same, dumping truth on them rather than walking them through it and showing them how to apply it. Even in my own life I have to remind myself that there can be a huge difference between head knowledge and heart application. It’s the application that counts! (Luke 6:46) I am eagerly to follow the Holy Spirit as He leads me into God’s truth, but I must always remember that truth is to be lived out, as well as stored up in my heart. (Psalm 119:11)
Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for yesterday and all it held. Thank You for the response from the brother who is to be baptized next month, and the assurance that his commitment is real. Guide as I talk with him and guide him into life habits that will protect and sustain him as he draws closer and closer to You. Give him wisdom and boldness as he seeks to draw his younger brother into commitment to You as well. May that whole family rejoice to be Your children, with all that means, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!