“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.” – John 15:26-27, ESV
For those who believe in Christ Jesus, they have been born again.
This rebirth that is often referenced in the bible describes the rebirth of a new commitment to God. One that is not natural, but spiritual.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV
Referring back to the scripture in John, when Jesus spoke these words to his disciples, he was describing to them what would come after he left. In the scriptures preceding this conversation, Jesus reveals to his followers that they will be hated by the world for his name’s sake. He reveals to them the cost of living boldly and righteous before God, and the burden that comes with walking with Jesus.
Living a called and righteous life is not one that should be walked out bashfully. Jesus sheds light on this by quoting the words in John 15:26-27. For when the Holy Spirit comes, he says, the Holy Spirit will bear witness to us that Jesus is a real, and that he is true.
We have the Helper, the Holy Spirit, which is God’s Spirit. Like it says in scripture,
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:11, ESV
We have the spirit of truth living inside of us daily as a result of our covenant to God through Jesus Christ. Because of this true and honorable life of worship, we get to fellowship with God through teaching, personal alone time with him, and life’s lessons taught through spiritual news, guidance and revelation.
The Holy Spirit is our comforter, not just because he represents the peace of God, but because he assures us of God’s presence, letting us know that God is real and that Jesus Christ is alive within us.
God is real, and he wants us all to know him more intimately and deeply. He wants a real and deep personal relationship with us. He wants to indulge more into our personal life commitments and to reveal to us the workings of his power.
Jesus is our Lord and savior, but he is also our friend. He desires a deep and honorable relationship with each one of us. One that gives him glory, and one that reveals his truth.
When Jesus says, “and you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning,” what he is really saying here is that he knew of us before we knew of him. He has always known us, and that’s why he has called us back to him.
To be called is to be chosen; to be chosen is to be one who was called from God back to God.
Grace and peace fam.