August 9, 2022     2:28 pm
98. Week of First Sunday in Lent - Saturday
He will guide you into all truth
          He will guide you into all truth.   John 16:13
          In the three years that He was with His disciples, Jesus had declared to them the whole truth, and told them all things which they needed to know for their own and all mankind's salvation. Nothing was omitted. But where was it all now? Fear and sadness covered it all as with a dense veil. This veil the Saviour sought to lift in that night with many kind words. But now the time was too short. A spiritual numbness had come over the disciples. Therefore He said: "I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth." Into the whole truth which the Saviour had already told them, the Holy Spirit would guide them, and make it an inward possession, light, bright, and clear to faith's divine comprehension. Not "of Himself" would He speak, no new things would He teach, but only those things which He would hear in the eternal and ever-present counsel of God, and which the Saviour had already revealed to them. He would also show them those things to come in time and eternity which the Saviour had already foretold them. He was to glorify Jesus alone; for He was to testify of Jesus only, and what He had done for us. All the things that the Father has, His divine being as well as His saving counsel and compassion and operation and work, all, all is Jesus' own, and is in Jesus, and has appeared in Jesus, and is to be found in Jesus. Therefore the Lord said to His disciples: "He shall take of Mine, and shall show it to you." (John 16:12-15). Note this, Christian! For this is said to you, too. Make diligent use of the Word of Jesus. There all things are revealed that are able to save you. By means of this Word the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth, and glorify Jesus, yes, Jesus, in you.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, my Saviour, my entire salvation, grant me, too, Your Holy Spirit that He may rid me of my faint-heartedness and the numbness of my heart, and so enlighten me with His divine light, that I may behold the whole saving truth of Your Word with the clear eye of faith. You O Jesus, are the saving Truth. Glorify Yourself within my heart through Your Word and the Holy Spirit, that I may know You correctly, firmly believe in You, and cheerfully and confidently wait for the things to come; for there I see no gloom, but only blessed light. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:28 pm