John 16:13 “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.”
Some have misunderstood this verse to teach that the Holy Spirit will guide them, speak to them and show them the future. They are constantly talking about a feeling or a nudge from the Spirit within them, a dream or a vision He gave them, and of hearing His voice. People do have strong feelings, dreams, hallucinations and even hear voices, but is this the work of the Holy Spirit?
In the passage above, Jesus was speaking to His apostles, not to every Christian. He was talking about the Holy Spirit enabling them with miraculous power so that the New Testament could be revealed and confirmed (Mark 16:20; Heb. 2:3-4) once for all (Jude 3). Though the church was given miraculous gifts through the laying on of the apostles’ hands to help in this work (Acts 8:12-19; 19:5-6), these gifts came to an end when the New Testament was complete (1 Cor. 13:8-10).
The inspired Scriptures furnish us with all we need (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The word of God is our guide in life (Psalms 119:105). God grants us wisdom through prayer (James 1:5-8), as we grow in His word (Hebrews 5:12-14). This is how we may come to know His will for us in life (Proverbs 3:1-13). It is not some mystical thing nor some miraculous sign, but it is God working in us as we believe and obey His word (Eph. 3:14-21; Phi. 2:12-16) and trust Him in prayer (1 John 3:22; 5:14-15).
If you want to be led by God, you must spend time with God. Get into His word, stay in His word and talk to Him every day about everything.
Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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