Jesus Refused to do the Work of the Holy Spirit on Earth

By John Thiel

When Jesus was on earth, he refused to do the work of the Holy Spirit.  What was the work of the Holy Spirit?  To lead us individually as individuals closer and closer step by step to what Gods expectations are of me.  If we are going to be faulty in doing the work of the Holy Spirit, what would we be doing?  Wouldn’t we be doing the work of telling others what to do?  That is the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus refused to do it.  I have many things to say but you are not able to bear it.

John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

Here is encapsulated the secret of sustaining united relationships in this world of sin. Consider it deeply with me. What was the attitude of Jesus revealed in verse 12? Can you see the sensitivity displayed by our wonderful saviour towards individuals? He sees things that he knows that they should know but they have a lack of individual ability to cope with the information that he would personally put upon them. They can’t cope with it. So he says I’m not going to practise upon you, you are not yet able to bear it. What did he say next?

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

What did Jesus actually say here? Me as a person standing in front of you, I can tell you lots and really let you have it but I know you won’t be able to bear it so I’m going to let the Holy Spirit do the work not me. As you learn about the Holy Spirit as he points out, the Holy Spirit will not speak of himself, but what he hears he shall speak and show things to come. When we learn in the scripture about the work of the Holy Spirit it is beautiful conveyed. How does the Holy Spirit function that the man Jesus would step back and say I’m sorry I can’t tell you everything as it’s going to be the work of the Holy Spirit?

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

It has to do with the inward man that the Lord would show us things inwardly and personally the deep things of God.

 Only under the direction of the Omniscient One shall we, in the study of His works, be enabled to think His thoughts after Him. {Ed 134.5}

You as an individual and me as an individual. The work of the Holy Spirit is to guide you and me individually in the knowledge of the deep things of God. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Proverbs shows the gentle and careful work the Holy Spirit does. Here is the path that the Holy Spirit leads each one of us individually.

Continued: Respecting Personal Privacy

In Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Here we see the operation of distinct personalities. There is the Spirit of God which moved and God said and it was done, as He spake it was done. As He commanded it stood fast the Psalmist writes. ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. There was God who spake, there was God who was spoken and there was the Spirit of God that moved. In the creation of man we read once more of His personalities:

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God created man in whose image? His – singular. Plurality and yet singularity. We have three distinct personalities so perfectly united in one purpose that as one moves, as one acts, the other is acting also.

Isaiah 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I [am] he; I [am] the first, I also [am] the last. 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: [when] I call unto them, they stand up together.

Who is speaking? The Alpha and the Omega. Who is the Alpha and Omega? It is God. The first and the last is He. He created the heavens and the earth. He who laid the foundations and spanned the heavens – God is speaking.

Isaiah 48:16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

Who is speaking there? God is speaking, the Alpha and Omega. He who created the heavens and the earth yet He says, ‘I have come to you with this message and I have come to you in consequence of the Lord God and His Spirit sending me.’

Three Persons and Yet God

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

As Christ was sent now Christ says, ‘When I ascend to the Father I will send you God, another Comforter even the Spirit of truth and He shall be in you.’

The Work of the Comforter

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

When the Comforter is sent the Comforter will come but He will not speak of Himself. He will take the things of Jesus and He will show it to you and the things that have been given to Jesus that He will receive them.

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Where the Holy Spirit is there, Jesus is there and as the Holy Spirit takes the things of Jesus, what is Jesus in reality doing?

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

The Holy Spirit is so wrapped up with Jesus Christ, He is so much filled with the things of Jesus that when the Holy Spirit comes it’s as Jesus Himself.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my Words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Three Persons

There are three persons. We have the Holy Spirit who comes and shows us of Jesus. In bringing us the things of Jesus, the Father Himself comes. Through the Holy Spirit, one personality, there are yet three because they are so united that where one is, there will the others be. So entwined, so perfectly one and yet three distinct personalities.

The Unity Christ Had With the Father

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].

As the Holy Spirit brings of Jesus and shows us the things of Jesus, Jesus laid down His life, He took up the life of His Father and in His life He made manifest or He declared the Father. The Holy Spirit comes and speaks to us of Jesus, it is Jesus coming to us and speaking of the Father. Jesus Himself was in the bosom of the Father in the Father. The Word bosom is often regarded as intimate sense of a very close personal intimacy where personalities are so involved with one another that they are one.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth:

Christ does not declare Himself just as the Holy Spirit does not declare Himself. He declares the Father. As the Father moves, He also moves and as He moves the Holy Spirit moves.

John 10:30 I and [my] Father are one.

So perfectly blended together that you cannot have one without the other. Where the one is, there will be the other. The Word bosom describes it well. To just rest in the presence of someone who you know understands. This is what Jesus experience was. They were so united in their motive, purpose, in their ways of thinking, in their ways of acting but they were as one, blended and combined.

“I know Mine own, and Mine own know Me, even as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father.” John 10:14, 15, R. V. What a statement is this!—the only-begotten Son, He who is in the bosom of the Father, He whom God has declared to be “the Man that is My fellow” (Zechariah 13:7),—the communion between Him and the eternal God is taken to represent the communion between Christ and His children on the earth! {DA 483.2}

What a statement is this! As Christ is in the bosom of the Father so are we if we accept the communion with Jesus. We are in the bosom of Jesus just as Christ was in the bosom of the Father perfectly united in one – inseparable except by choice. The complete oneness that Jesus shares with the Father He seeks to share with you and I. This blending of like mind, of like purposes, of same love He seeks to experience with us. He is so identified with His own interest with us. As we sung in the hymn whatever experience we meet, He experiences it with us. It is as His own.


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