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Reject the Spirit, Reject Jesus

Jesus said that the Father would give the disciples “another Counselor to be with [them] forever” (14:16 NIV). In this case, the Greek word another means another that is just like the first (as opposed to another that is of a different sort or kind). So Jesus was saying that the One who would come would be just like Him! —Francis Chan, Forgotten God

Another that is just like the first.

The Holy Spirit is not a consolation prize or second string player because Jesus couldn’t stay in the game. To know and have the Spirit is to have One in perfect step and league with Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but that blows me away! I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking how great it would have been to walk with Jesus, to have Jesus right there. Then it would have been easy to follow. It would have been amazing to see those miracles!

Jesus, while still on the earth, obliterated that thought in John 16:7, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

I think we can be quick to say, “just give me Jesus!” or “Jesus is all I need!” and fail to recognize that without the Holy Spirit, we don’t have the “key” to unlocking Jesus.

You look at the lives of the disciples when Jesus walked in earthly ministry and you see dedicated men (and women). They did remarkable things as He sent them to regions to proclaim the Kingdom of heaven, heal, and bring deliverance. It’s not that they were bad people, but you see a completely different picture of them after the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost in that upper room.

Now instead of one Jesus, God launched out a whole group, who by the Spirit’s power and transformation, changed the world.

Don’t mourn Jesus isn’t here physically–rejoice you have the Spirit of God!

It’s a matter of believing then experiencing, and that’s what I want–the deeper experience. The daily renewal. The complete transformation.

How about you? Are you ever tempted to wish for Jesus “in the flesh”? How do you see it’s better He sent the Spirit to us?

Welcome to our book club discussion of Forgotten God (disclosure) by Francis Chan. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it (1 chapter per week). If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!


  1. The Counselor, or Holy Spirit, is the same as Jesus… except where Jesus dwelt among us, the Counselor dwells within us.

    According to Romans 8, those who recognize and are LED by the Spirit are the Children of God!

    We cannot deny, ignore, or limit the Counselor in our lives and accept Jesus. They go together…

    And it is in that mutual faith, acceptance, and obedience that the transformation is wrought which makes us Children of God!

    As I think about the relationship and focus on the Counselor, I am reminded of the passage that warns: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).

    I don’t want to just be a claimer. I want to be a transformed temple of the Holy Spirit and Child of God!
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    • I thought of that same verse in Romans and what a connection with the Matthew passage! You’re so right. Everything is predicated on the Spirit of God. I’m with you--thanks so much, Dusty.

  2. Good one, Jason. Without the Holy Spirit, the world wouldn’t be what it is and wouldn’t be here in the form it is. My opinion is that it is the Holy Spirit that has brought about the good in this world. Good over coming evil is obviously the hand of God through His Holy Spirit.

    • So true. Where would be without His Spirit? Scary thought! Thanks Floyd.

  3. Okay, first of all, I LOVE the way you put that — the Holy Spirit isn’t a second-string player. AMEN!

    I admit that I have often wished for Jesus, in bodily form. I want a Jesus that will look me in the eye and have a conversation with me, and who will hold me — physically — when I cry. But there is so much truth to the point you make about the difference between the followers of Christ BEFORE the Spirit came and AFTER. It’s like night and day. And so I trust that He’s working this thing out the right way for me, even if it isn’t the “feel-good” way for me.
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    • Amen. And thankful for the brothers and sisters who embrace us on Jesus’ behalf with His love and grace. He sets the lonely in families, as His word says. What a gracious and loving Father! Thank you, Sarah.

  4. “To your advantage…”
    That really jumped out at me.

    When a bargain deal is presented to people they are encouraged to “take advantage” of it. To be part of it.

    That’s what Jesus was telling us. Take advantage of having the Spirit, be apart of what He is doing. Don’t miss out! It’s a great deal. Better than the deal they currently have.

    That’s just awesome. Why have someone (Jesus) next to me, when I can have the Spirit IN me?
    If I believe in the trinity (which I do) then that means I should believe that having the Spirit in me is the a pretty good deal. Not one I should pass up.

    • Act now! Don’t delay! But wait there’s more! 🙂 You are so right, TC. Jesus wasn’t offering a deal like the hucksters on TV trying to sell us stuff we don’t need. He made the provision through the Father that all our needs would be met and He would not “leave us as orphans.” What a beautiful reality to live in! Thanks so much, TC.

  5. I like this Jason, and it came just after a couple after I was thinking how great it would be to have Jesus here with us in the flesh. He would still be healing people, etc. But then there would only be ONE of Him, and we’d have to literally go out and find him:

    “Where’s Jesus?”
    “Oh He’s hanging out at John’s house, or He might still be at the Hospital with Peter”

    Still, I am like the father who cried “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
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    • I hear you, Ed. I’m sure there isn’t one of us who hasn’t thought about how awesome it would be to have Jesus in the flesh, but as crazy as it seems to me, He says if we trust Him and believe Him, walking in the Spirit’s power, we’ll do greater things. That blows my mind, and yeah, I have to join you saying, “I believe, help my unbelief!” Thanks so much, Ed.

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