How The Spirit Guides Us Into All Truths

Jesus’ departure paves a path for us to the heavenly kingdom, and through the Holy Spirit—a manifestation of Jesus himself—He provides internal guidance on this journey. This Spirit is our compass to understand the truth about Jesus, a truth rooted deeply in the Bible. Thus, the Holy Spirit’s guidance in deciphering the Bible is essential to our spiritual journey. When aligned, both the Spirit and the Bible prevent us from misconstruing God’s word and fragmenting our faith.

Paul’s advice to Timothy underscores how the Spirit illuminates our understanding when we are receptive (2 Tim 2:7). The Holy Spirit’s insights are always anchored in the Bible, particularly revolving around three pillars: Jesus’ teachings, Old Testament writings, and the apostles’ lessons. Collectively, these elements spotlight Jesus, the absolute truth.

The Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus’ words and teachings (Jn 14:26). And while the Spirit brings fresh insights, it never deviates from Jesus’ original messages. The apostolic teachings, meanwhile, convey principles not explicitly covered in the gospels, like the nuances of baptism or the nature of salvation through grace. The Old Testament, rich in prophecies about Jesus, anchors many of his teachings and actions.

An essential realization is that the Spirit does not introduce new truths outside the Bible. Instead, it deepens our understanding of existing truths. Every word in the Bible is God-inspired and forms the basis of our faith (2 Tim 3:16).

Defining the Spirit’s scope is also vital. Its work encompasses convicting the world of sin (particularly the sin of unbelief), highlighting Jesus’ righteousness, and underscoring the judgment Jesus brings upon evil, especially Satan.

Approaching the Bible with humility, seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and admitting our interpretative shortcomings are vital. Misinterpretations are human, but with the Spirit’s help, we can come closer to the truth. As we strive for understanding, it’s crucial to establish biblical principles that guide interpretations, ensuring clarity and unity among believers.

In essence, letting the Holy Spirit guide our understanding of the Bible is a journey to true spiritual enlightenment.

Please join us at True Jesus Church Chicago to learn more about God and His Holy Spirit. We are holding our Fall Evangelical Services and Spiritual Convocation (ESSC) from September 14 to 17. You are cordially invited!

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