Your All–Powerful Helper – by Desmond Ford
- Bible study
- Christian Evidences
- Christian Living
- Dr Desmond Ford
- New Testament
Feb 20, 2016 1792
It was on our Lord’s last night that he made the most encouraging of all revelations to humanity, apart from the forgiveness of sins. It was on that last night that he told us that his death would purchase for the weakest and worst an all powerful, all-loving Helper.
This Helper would come to earth to stay, to abide forever in all who believed in Jesus − however weak, however foolish, however erring, however mistake prone, however bad − provided they looked to Jesus Christ.
And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17).
He would send us another Comforter, someone like Jesus, to be with us forever.
Surely it is the greatest of blasphemies that we have not entered in upon the riches of our inheritance. As it was said in ancient times to the Israelites, there remains much ground yet to be possessed. This is true for all of us, for we have been given someone like Christ. He is here, and yet so often we live as though alone. We are never alone. We have an almighty Helper, someone who can do more for us now than Jesus could do in the days of his incarnation for his best friends. He said, “It is expedient for you that I go away” (John 16:7).
It was an advantage for him to go in order that the Spirit might come − that he may be universally present with every believing soul whether in China, India, Africa, America, or Australia. What a tremendous gift! And that Spirit is as much on earth with us today as Jesus was after Bethlehem. He abides forever. He hasn’t gone. He doesn’t come and go. He is here.
I pray the Lord will open our eyes to see the depths of the privileges of not needing to live alone, not needing to be inadequate. I pray that we realize that we can be fitted for life, as we recognize what this discourse of Christ teaches us − that without him we can do nothing, but with him we can do all things, all things needed in the plan of God. “I will pray the Father, he will give you another Comforter, someone just like Jesus.” What a tremendous encouragement!
− Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “Power Through Abiding.”