“I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” John 14:16.
I’m sure that whoever it was that I heard say it first was just trying to be helpful. However, when you’re wrong it’s very easy for your best to be far from helpful. So what did they say? Something along these lines. “We need to let the Holy Spirit do a thorough work because after the close of probation, when his presence is removed from the world, we’ll have to be able to stand without him.”
What!? Conclusions like this highlight the danger of not gathering all the relevant data before making a conclusion.
All through John chapters 14, 15, 16; these are the chapters where Jesus teaches his disciples about the Holy Spirit, we’re told that we can do nothing on our own but to take comfort in the fact that we’ll be given the Holy Spirit and he’ll be with us forever. (That last word is taken from our focus text for today.) We become righteous because we have given our lives to Jesus, opened our hearts to the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, and submitted our actions to his direction and control.
Space does not allow me to debunk all the errors that were made in creating the aforementioned erroneous conclusion. Suffice it to say that there will never come a time when the Holy Spirt is not present in the lives of the righteous, faithful on this earth. God created us with a need for him and it is impossible to believe that in a time when the world will be suffering under the greatest spiritual stresses it will ever experience that God would leave his children without the comforting support of his presence.
Jesus suffered alone on the cross so that you and I would never have to. Because he was victorious he is able to keep his promise to never leave us or forsake us. And Jesus fulfills this promise when he sends us the Holy Spirit because when the Holy Spirit comes he will be with us forever.