“These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (Jn 14:25-26).
Here Jesus gives a reassuring word to His disciples. “While abiding with you – while living with you, traveling with you, serving with you – I have had a lot to say. Don’t worry about remembering it all. Part of the Holy Spirit’s role when He comes will be to teach you all things, and to bring to your mind all that I have said to you.”
This word of reassurance so fits the need of the disciples as they have been processing Jesus’ message that He is going away. Throughout these chapters in John, Jesus always pairs His going away with the coming of the Helper [Gr. Paracletos, one called alongside to help]. Here the Helper is more specifically identified as the third Person of the Trinity; The Holy Spirit.
Let’s look more closely at the two roles of the Spirit given in this verse. First, He will teach them all things. On the day of Pentecost, Peter – full of the Spirit – preached a powerful message of history, challenge, and invitation that came straight from the Spirit’s revelation to Him. And it is safe to assume that Peter’s subsequent sermons and writings were filled with what the Holy Spirit taught him. The other apostles too wrote as the Spirit revealed the message to them.
Second, the Spirit will bring to mind the words of Jesus to the disciples. So much of the New Testament letters were an exposition of what Jesus taught. Take John’s first letter as an example. “And this is the promise that He Himself [Jesus] made to us: eternal life” (1 Jn 2:25). “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 Jn 3:23).
The two-part promise of Jesus came true; the Holy Spirit revealed truth to the disciples and reminded them of all that Jesus had said. By extension to our day, I believe God is now accomplishing this in His followers. As our minds are being renewed by the Spirit’s presence and power, we will find ourselves more and more hearing the voice of the Spirit and the word of Jesus.
There is a strain of teaching that calls us to be suspicious of our minds. That treats our minds as suspect and still fraught with sin. But empowered by the Spirit, your mind is being renewed, transformed, and growing into the likeness of Christ. Part of the Holy Spirit’s role in your life is to teach you and remind you of Jesus’ words. Listen for that message. It is nearer than you think.