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Daily Readings - John 14:13-18

J.C. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 14:13-18

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, that he may be with you forever. (John 14:16)

Our Lord says, 'I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter . . . even the spirit of truth.'

This is the first time that the Holy Ghost is mentioned as Christ's special gift to his people. Of course, we are not to suppose that he did not dwell in the hearts of the Old Testament saints.

No one ever served God acceptably, from Abel downwards, without the grace of the Holy Ghost. John the Baptist was 'filled' with him. But he was given with peculiar influence and power to believers when the New Testament dispensation came in and this is the special promise of the passage before us.

It can only mean that he shall come with more fulness, influence, grace, and manifestation than he did before.

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