John 14-17

In this message we will study the work of the Holy Spirit in our daily life and salvation and how in this work Christ and the Holy Spirit are perfectly united. Thus, in reality, we have very special help available to aid us in living the daily Christian life, as well as working through us to be a witness to the world. In this message we will continue to study the role of the Holy Spirit as He works in perfect harmony and identity with Christ in connection with our salvation and then, through us, to our neighbors and friends.


Let’s begin by noticing the three chapters of John 14, 15, and 16. [Read the verses you want to emphasize.] These three chapters are a vivid and detail attempt of Jesus to make clear to the twelve disciples, as well as to us, just what He was so concerned about in the upper room after instituting the Lord’s Supper.

In John 14:16 the Saviour uses the term “another Helper” when referring to the Holy Spirit. For Jesus to have emphasized the word “another,” surely indicates a very complete harmony and unity between Himself and the Holy Spirit; no one else could so perfectly represent the Saviour. And hence the daily study of the life and character of Jesus will increase our desire for more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our own life. For it is through Him that our life is filled with more and more of the likeness and attributes of Jesus.

In the next chapter (John 17) Jesus makes a promise regarding the Holy Spirit which indicates that there is to be a change in function, a new capacity. He told the disciples that this special gift would no longer just dwell with them; instead the Holy Spirit would actually dwell within each of them. This promise is for you and me and begins at Bible baptism as we shall see later.

And so it was necessary for Jesus to leave this earth in order that His power might be displayed through each of His followers. The depth of Jesus’ love for each of us takes on new meaning as we realize that the Saviour is closer to us now than when He walked here on earth, all because of the person of the Holy Spirit. Notice this in the following inspired statement:

“Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally. Therefore it was for their interest that He should go to the Father, and send the Spirit to be His successor on earth. No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ. By the Spirit the Saviour would be accessible to all. In this sense He would be nearer to them than if He had not ascended on high” (The Desire of Ages, p. 669. Italics supplied).

Due to the fact that Christ is closer to us now than even when He walked on earth, we can understand that thus we need an increasing measure of this gift if we desire to walk closer to the Saviour each day.


Early in His ministry on earth Jesus preached one day at the worship service in Nazareth where He had grown up as a boy. On this occasion He very clearly told what His mission here was to be. The story is recorded in Luke 4:16-20. Verse 18 says, “‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me. . . He has anointed Me to…’” He quotes an inspired passage from Isaiah 61 listing six things that the Holy Spirit had indicated was to be His work. They are:

1. To preach the gospel to those who are “poor” in whatever way.

2. To heal those who grieve, are depressed or discouraged.

3. To preach the assurance of His deliverance to captives of Satan.

4. The recovery of sight to those who are blind.

5. To set the oppressed or downtrodden free.

6. To preach or announce the time when God would accomplish this.

In the passage just described, Jesus clearly states what Power it is that enables Him to accomplish these tasks—it is the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit is Christ’s chosen Agency to reveal Jesus and to be His representative in every need we have. Therefore, to suggest complete dependency on the Holy Spirit is to suggest complete dependency on the Saviour Himself. Note the following inspired thoughts:

“When Christ ascended to the Father, He did not leave His followers without help. The Holy Spirit, as His representative, and the heavenly angels, as ministering spirits, are sent forth to aid those who against great odds are fighting the good fight of faith. Ever remember that Jesus is your helper” (Messages to Young People, p. 17. Italics supplied).

These quotations make it very clear that the role of the Holy Spirit is to bring Jesus to our aid. The last sentence of this last quotation shows the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit for our good; both are called our “helper.” Consequently, as we submit to be molded and controlled by His special gift, the Holy Spirit, we are experiencing the work of Jesus in our lives.

There is one additional quotation that I would like to share with you which indicate how very essential is our need of the Holy Spirit. They reveal that whether it is for salvation itself or for living a consistent Christian life, the aid of the Holy Spirit is clearly indispensable.

“He may have wisdom to overcome an opponent; but wise unto salvation, he cannot possibly be without the agency of the Holy Spirit” (Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 240).

According to The Desire of Ages, p. 175, we cannot even repent without the aid of the Holy Spirit. So, the reason why we are invited to depend so completely on the Holy Spirit is because He is the Agency whereby Jesus is able to aid all of us at the same time. The two of them are perfectly in accord; along with our heavenly Father they work not only in the forgiveness of sin but in the restoration of His image/character in each one of us.


“Let none leave the love of Christ out of their labors, but let each ask himself the question, Is my life a consistent life? Am I guided by the Holy Spirit?” (Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, p. 362). Perhaps now we are beginning to grasp the importance of being “Spiritfilled” for to be “Spirit-filled” is to be filled with the presence of Jesus. Would you be willing to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit worldwide? Let’s pray.

David Wolkwitz is a retired ordained minister who served as pastor, chaplain, evangelist, administrator, and departmental director. As a speaker, he challenged his audiences to pray daily at 6:15 a.m. for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This sermon is used by permission from the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department.