Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church


“The Spirit of truth” John 15:26

“The Spirit of truth” John 15:26


1. The Giving of the Spirit of God

a) A prophecy

b) A promise

c) Fulfilled

2. Learning more about how the Spirit of God will minister

a) Important

b) Instructive

c) Inspirational



26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father,

the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. John 15:26-27

1. The Holy Spirit is called

a) “The Helper”

b) “The Spirit of truth”

2. He will be sent

a) By the Lord Jesus

b) From the Father

3. He will testify of the Lord Jesus

a) He will be the 5th Witness

b) The Lord already spoke about His 4 witnesses

i) John the Baptiser

ii) His works

iii) The Word of God

iv) The Father (cf. John 5)



5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’

6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away;

for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;

10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;

11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. John 16:5-11

1. The Context

a) The Lord Jesus will be returning to heaven

b) He will be sending the Holy Spirit to be “the Helper”

2. The Reasons

a) The Lord must depart to Heaven

b) Then would the Holy Spirit come

c) This is the Divine order of things

3. Three special areas of Ministry of the Holy Spirit with reference to the world

a) Convict the world of sin

i) Human sinfulness

ii) The sin of rejecting the Lord Jesus

b) Convict the world of righteousness

i) The righteousness of the Lord Jesus

ii) The righteousness that He would give to all who believe

c) Judgment of the devil

i) His power will be broken

ii) He is defeated by the Lord



12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;

for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He [c]will take of Mine and declare it to you. John 15:12-15

1. Many things still needed to be taught

a) But the Disciples could not cope

c) They had to struggle with many deep doctrines

d) They struggled with the death of the Lord Jesus

2. A special work of the Spirit of God

a) He is the Spirit of truth

b) He will guide the Disciples into all truth

3. What the Spirit will not do

a) He will not speak of His own authority

b) He will only speak what He hears from God

4. He will speak of things to come

a) There were other truths that would be revealed

b) He will guide the Disciples

5. He will always glorify the Lord Jesus

a) He will speak of the Lord Jesus

b) He will take from the Lord and then teach these things to the Disciples



10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?

Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,

that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-12

1. The Spirit of God will reveal truth to those who walk with God closely

This is a very important ministry

2. The Apostles were thus enabled to teach and write their Epistles

3. We must be challenged to seek to be filled with the Spirit of God