The Comforter Has Come
John 14:16-20, 26
1. I am sure you would agree, if there was ever a time when we needed comfort, it is this day in which we live:
a. Our nation is at war against terrorism--we've already lost some of our solider boys in Afghanistan, we are getting ready to attack the nation of Iraq, and our country is in the worst moral decline of its brief history.
2. People are looking for answers. I was in Kaiser Clinic in Rancho Cordova this week to get my allergy injections. As I walked into the main lobby, I noticed a sign that read, "Stress management class, room #110."
a. That reminds me that the world has no comfort--they are stressed out, they are depressed, on average, and they do not know which way to turn...a stress management class is about the best they can do:
1) Jesus said in (vs.17), that the "world" (that refers to the unsaved) cannot receive comfort, because they do know the Comforter...then, note what He say in (vs.27).
3. That brings us to this question, "How does He comfort us? In what ways can we have comfort from the Holy Spirit?
I. WE HAVE COMFORT FROM THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE LIVES WITHIN US 1. Notice the words in (vs. 17b), "For He dwelleth in you, and shall be in you."
2. Listen, if you are looking for comfort this morning, and you are a Christian, you need look no further. The Comfort you are seeking has already come SEEKING YOU. The Bibles says, "For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).
a. In the Person of the Holy, Christ now lives in us. Paul wrote in Col. 1:27, it is "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Notice our text: (vs.23).
3. Two brief things:
A. First, every person must know for certain that the Holy Spirit lives within:
1. This speaks of salvation. How can a man have peace and comfort if He does not possess the Comforter?
a. May I ask you a question? Does the Holy Spirit live within your heart? ...
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