Music to my ears

Just recently a national newspaper carried a story about a band called The Hustlers.The Hustlers began their career as a band over fifty years ago. Eventually the men who made up the band went their separate ways, mainly because, one by one they got married. Twenty-two years ago some of the band members decided to try and bring everyone together and reform the band. But it didn’t happen. Someone reported that the drummer was now dead and the rest of the band decided ditch to the idea.

Rumours of the drummer’s death, however, were greatly exaggerated. He was very much alive and fifty years on The Hustlers are playing gigs again!

Years had gone by without them making any music, all because of a piece of misinformation.

Individuals and churches can go years without “making music” because of misinformation or forgotten revelation. This is particularly true with respect to the Holy Spirit.

Even the way we talk about Him sometimes – referring to Him as “it” – reveals a way of thinking about Him that has more to do with Jehovah’s Witness teaching than the Bible!

Sometimes we focus on those – important – passages of the Bible that emphasise His power and the affects of His power but overlook those scriptures that reveal His personality.

And sometimes, life just gets on top of us and we quietly forget His presence in our lives.

If we want to begin “making music” again, we could do no better than taking another look at what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit. He referred to the Holy Spirit as another parakletos (John 14.16,26; 15.26; 16.7). I have deliberately left the word parakletos untranslated, because it has such a wealth of meaning. It is variously translated comforter, advocate, friend and helper.

The Amplified translation of John 14.26 highlights the incredible range of meaning:

But the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. 

Personally, I love the translation Helper – we have a Helper!

Whatever the most accurate translation, all of these words show us one thing about the Holy Spirit: He is for us! He counsels us. Teaches us. Stands up for us. Strengthens us. Backs us up. Helps us.

We desperately need to remember that: the Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us.

And I don’t know about you, but that is music to my ears.

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