A Short Study of John 16:13

“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13)

I often trembled at the fear the effrontery to hear people speak in trivial manner, “Seek the truth and the truth shall set you free.” This trite expression has become the slogan of the religious and civil society of today, to purport as an excuse to justify their ignorance. Truth is absolute in nature and character, it has no variations nor changing; it is an evidence of the immutability of God in all things both in creation and His covenant to His people. It is irresistible and indispensable to mortal beings in this temporal world. Whatever visible and tangible, are things subject to vanity and shall perish, therefore, it is not real. It is not also a concept, whereby one must hold on by reasons of facts, as the natural senses of the body to respond to the so-called ‘stimuli’. Truth is eternal, a life itself that endures forever. The Lord Jesus says, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). It is not a condition set to the sons of men to know, but a declaration bestowed upon His people to have the knowledge of what truth is. The Spirit of God will guide them into all truth, and not lead them into falsehood to worship idols and images, teach fables, fairy tales, superstitions, witchcraft and other contrivances of men to venerate the things of this world, Not the theology of the Pelagians and Arminians on ‘How to get saved’ and ‘How to get blessings from God with effectual prayers; these are lies to make merchandise of men, with craftiness and deceit, shall they teach the doctrines of men, just for gains. God has not given us any formula or method how to get saved, or get blessings from Him through effectual prayers, for these all are, works of the flesh; God has saved His people before the world was, (2nd Timothy 2:9) and given them spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). The Spirit of wisdom, rather teaches us the sovereignty of God in all things, His grace, both in creation and in salvation. That He says, “And I looked, and there was none to help, and I wondered that there was none to uphold; therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me…” (Isaiah 63:5) “And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” (Isaiah 62:12). Material blessings are providence commensurate to the needs of everyone. His people cannot have more, than what God has given them, they cannot be, what they are, than what God has made them, they shall not be in wanting for they shall be filled and satisfied with goodness of the LORD within the veil. The prosperity of the world belongs to the wicked and why should we envy them for this is their reward, let them prosper. (Psalm 73:3) “And the truth shall make you free”, free from hunger and thirst, free from sorrows and pain, despair and weariness, cold and heat, diseases, ageing, hope and prayers, for the substance of things hoped for, are now seen, free from ignorance, doubts and fears, for no man shall teach his neighbour. Free from poverty for life is abundant therein; free from growing in knowledge for God is with us; free from sin and desires; all these shall flee and be gone forever and eternal love and felicity reign supreme; for the LORD IS THERE…

S. Borras

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