One and the Same

Promises made are valuable, but promises kept are invaluable.

On the eve of the crucifixion, Jesus made an amazing promise to His disciples and to us: “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16–17).

The key to understanding the true identity of the Holy Spirit is wrapped up within the word another in this promise. There are two Greek words translated into our English word another. One, heteros, means another, but of a different kind. We get our word heterosexual from this word. The other word, allos, means another of the exact same kind. For example, if I showed you a fountain pen and then showed you another pen—a cheap plastic pen—it would mean “another,” but of a different kind. However, if I showed you a black Montblanc pen and then another one identical to it, then it would mean “another” of the exact same kind.

The latter is the word Jesus used in describing this Helper to come. In essence, Jesus was saying, “I am leaving, but I am coming back to abide in you forever. The Holy Spirit is Me!” He is the same make and the same model. Jesus kept His promise, and His Spirit comes to live in us, with the added promises to never leave us and to empower us to serve Him.

Many of us are pretty good at making promises and then, for one reason or another, forgetting them or just not keeping them. But this never happens with Jesus. When you think about the promises you have made, let them remind you that Jesus always keeps His promises to you.

For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.
ACTS 2:39

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