The Secret to Never Being Alone Again
Blessing and Benefit of the Holy Ghost #3
This evangelistic sermon is part of a continuing series regarding the benefit of having the Holy Ghost. I welcome suggestion for improvement, illustration or theological questions/observations.
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1. Loneliness is one of the common realities of the current human existence.
a. Loneliest group – elders; second loneliest according to researchers – college students.
b. Seems paradoxical – but loneliness is not eliminated by among people.
c. Some loneliness is not removed by having friends or being likeable.
2. There is the loneliness of being overwhelmed by life’s reality.
a. The loneliness of dealing with an issue that is not the norm. Few others can have empathy for what you are going through. The death of a child; the divorce . . . unexpected job loss.
b. Such loneliness can be paralyzing.
3. Today – “the Blessing and Benefit of the Holy Ghost” – The Secret to Never Being Alone Again.
a. Since there are new listeners hear: The Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit is the spirit of God coming in you. The spirit of Christ is another Bible term for the Holy Ghost.
b. Throughout the book of Acts, those who wanted to have the Holy Ghost came to God with faith.
c. That faith led them to obedient action:
i. Repentance – an about face in thought and action.
ii. Baptized in Jesus Name.
d. Promised the gift of the Holy Ghost.
e. The Holy Ghost is something you can have.
4. Benefits preached in previous weeks:
a. Spirit of Adoption –
b. Power to live –
Particular setting of this text -Jesus is having a final “saint’s meeting with his disciples. His crucifixion is imminent and beyond that there will be other matters to address. Loneliness looms near!
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, (The Greek word is paraclete. It means “One who comes alongside to help.““Comforter” is a good translation if rightly understood. It comes from the Latin and means “one who comes with strength.”) that he may abide with you for ever;
In essence: those who receive the Holy Ghost are given another “who comes alongside with strength to help.”
Now here are the things this one who “comes alongside with strength to help”will do!
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach (#1 teach) you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, (#2 – cause you to remember) whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, (#3 –spirit of truth)which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me (#4 testifies of Jesus in one‘s life):
Four things the “one who comes alongside with strength to help will do: teach, cause remembrance, be a spirit of truth in you, testify of Jesus!
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient (good) for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
5. Opposite of having such a comforter.
a. Alone and depending on your own strength. “You got it by yourself.”
b. Needing help, but no help to be seen, had or found.
c. Like David when pursued by Saul: “No man cared for my soul.” (Psalms 142:4).
d. Even if a man cared there will be limitations, for what any MAN can do for you.
6. CLC – Don’t use Who it is that is writing – the only Bible writer to use that particular term. As Jesus talks John is paying attention to the concept of a comforter. The writer: John.
a. Only one who speaks regarding the Paraclete. He with Matthew would have been in that last supper. Matthew would have experienced much disdain and dislike. He was a tax collector. Perhaps the gentle things Jesus spoke of did not get through to Matthew. It was not in the context of Matthews need. He would have been toughened by the path he travelled.
b. John, lived in a harsh climate but even in maturity he was still a bit of a mama’s boy. Mama was speaking in his interest even now. Seeking the best place in Jesus’ organization for her two sons.
c. John lingered on this concept of the comforter.
7. Comforter – in you!
a. Paraclete – one who comes with strength to help – as a Greek strategy in war. Soldiers “back to back.” No blind spot. Never alone again, the Holy Ghost has got your back! The partner in seeing life – teaching, bring to truth,
b. Paraclete – one who comes alongside – included in this is the idea of one who comes beside. Christ in you, not near you – in you. Not encouraging or instructing from a distance but IN you.
c. Parcalete – comes alongside to help.
i. “To help” indicates having the ability to help.
ii. “To help” indicates having the willingness to help.
iii. Located at hand. “Holy Ghost” what should I do just now.
d. David’s observation.
i. Alone – nobody interested in me.
ii. Alone – I’m sinking and there is no ship on the horizon to save me.
iii. Alone – there is no special insight offerered.
iv. Alone in a fight – and the punches are coming from every direction.
8. Answer – You need the Holy Ghost!
9. Jesus knew His disciples would feel those things – He assures them – Comforter . . . in you . . . As a matter of fact, it is good for you that I go . . . you are getting a better deal with the Holy Ghost. I’ve been walking with you, but will soon be walking in you.
10. Two groups who the Holy Ghost wants to fill:
a. Those who have not known about what the Holy Ghost can be and do . . .. You don’t ever “have to be alone again.” The Holy Ghost will be in you.
b. Those who know exactly what the Holy Ghost can be and do. In past day you’ve been full of the Holy Ghost and have experienced the “alongside to help.”
i. Today you find yourself estranged from God . . .
ii. An altar awaits – a new infilling.