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Devotional - week of October 21, 2001


  NO SPIRITUAL ORPHANS

 

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth … I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:16-18

The word “orphan” always stirs emotions of concern and compassion in the heart of a believer. Television has intensified those emotions by bringing into our homes heart-stirring pictures of orphans in third world countries.

 

Just before entering Gethsemane Jesus introduced the word “orphan” into the spiritual vocabulary of believers.

 

In a matter of hours the disciples of Jesus would never again have his continual physical presence with them. They could and would experience orphan-like emotions. So Jesus prepared His disciples for the future by telling them that He would not leave them orphans.

 

Immediately before telling His disciples that He would not leave them orphans, Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit to live in them. He added that He would come to them. In Romans 8:9 The Apostle Paul calls the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Christ.

 

Jesus also knew there would be many generations of believers who would need protection against orphan-like emotions. His promise of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers was meant for us all.

 

Consider the “no orphan promise.” Notice that the entire Godhead is involved. The Son asks the Father to send the Spirit. The Spirit comes to live in believers. The coming of the Spirit is, in fact, the coming of Jesus in spiritual form—“I will come to you.”

 

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are at work comforting believers with protection from an orphan-like existence. The Godhead has made provision that in the Kingdom of God there are “no spiritual orphans.”

 

The more continuously we experience the filling of the Holy Spirit, the less continuously we have any sense of being spiritual orphans.

 

Our place is to live out the life of grace and continuously be filled with the Holy Spirit.