Don't Mistreat Your Best Friend
Take your Bibles and turn with me please if you would to John chapter 14 and I want to begin reading some selected verses beginning with verse 15. But before I do may I tell you that you have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful friend. That friend is the Holy Spirit. Now the problem is this, that many of us know theologically that the Holy Spirit is a person. That is we worship one God who has revealed himself as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We know that theologically, but many of us fail to think of the Holy Spirit as a person. We think of the Holy Spirit almost as an influence, a force, some empowerment, something very much like energy is in a battery. But we fail to think of Him as a dear friend. And I want to talk to you about your best friend, who is the Holy Spirit, because He makes Jesus Christ real and alive in your heart. And the title of the message is, ''Don't Mistreat Your Best Friend.''
Now begin reading if you will please, in verse 15. The Lord Jesus said, ''If you love me keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter,'' and the word another means another of the same kind, ''that he may abide with you for ever;'' now notice He doesn't say that it may abide but that he may abide with you. I hope that when you talk about me you say he and not it. I am a person not a thing. ''That he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but you know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.'' Now notice verse 18, ''I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.'' Now who comes, the Holy Spirit or Jesus? The answer is yes. Ha Ha, the Holy Spirit, let me give you a definition of the Holy Spirit, Christ in the Christian, that's who the Holy Spirit is. And we need to understand that.
Then go down to verse 26, ''But the Comforter, which is t ...
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