ON THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE COMFORTER
“But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you” (John 14:26).
We need to pray many times each day and a particular prayer is that the Holy Spirit will be sent to dwell within us, so as to continually remind us of the words and teachings of the Lord, with the hope that upon our sincere request He will respond to our prayer. In the frequent gatherings of the Church, our first prayer is to the Holy Spirit as follows: “Heavenly King Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who are everywhere present and fills all things; treasury of Good things and Giver of life: come and abide in us, cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls O Good One.”
Our Lord will certainly respond to our sincere request seeking His Comforter and Spirit of Truth, for it is His good will to bestow every blessing upon us, for He s good and the Lover of man. But words alone will not attract His grace. It is when when we put his words into the actions of our lives we will attract the Spirit. In the Lord’s prayer we ask the Lord to give us this day are essential bread, but we need the Holy Spirit to prepare our souls thst we may partake of yjr holy mystery.
The Holy Spirit reminds and teaches us all things. But the teaching of the world is of temporal things of lesser importance and not of everlasting life. The Holy Spirit teaching vital and important things helps us to understand valuable things regarding our present lives and the acquisition of eternal life.
There are many things to remember about the kingdom of God and our general and individual salvation, and the spirit teaches us everything including old and new things causing our knowledge and love to continue to increase. We can be forgetful but the presence of the spirit in our souls will remind us of many things otherwise forgotten.
“He shall teach you all things necessary.” The Holy Spirit being the source of knowledge knows everything that the Godhead knows. When He dwells within us He reminds us of everything that comes from God who is an infinite source.
“He shall bring all things to your remembrance which I have spoken to you. The words from Christ are countless in number for we only have words that were preserved and published.
Sometimes we estrange ourselves from God due to sin and thus fall into spiritual weakness. The Holy Spirit cannot dwell in an unclean vessel, and so will depart from our hearts. When the Holy Spirit leaves us gladness and strength peace and tranquility depart at the same time and this renders us sad and miserable.
When we follow the Lord Jesus Christ, we must establish Him as the center and focus of our lives, and we must keep watch over our souls guarding against every attack of the evil one who desires to steal our attention and affections that he might cause us to perish. Every thought we have of Christ becomes food for our souls and and gives strength to our bodies, therefore Christ is the best food and drink for our souls and bodies.