|The potential to discern the future Bible Reading: John 14
One day Jesus Christ looked into the eyes of Peter and said “this night, you will deny me thrice before the cock crows”. Shortly after saying this, Peter denied Jesus three times. This and many reasons have made me to believe that “nobody knows tomorrow” is not a Christian vocabulary. The language and lifestyle of Jesus were a demonstration of the knowledge of the immediate and far future. Interestingly, Jesus promised all believers the ability to exhibit similar tendencies.
He said in John 16:13 (BBE) “However, when he, the Spirit of true knowledge, has come, he will be your guide into all true knowledge: for his words will not come from himself, but whatever has come to his hearing, that he will say: and he will make clear to you the things to come.
Yes! The Holy Spirit wants to make tomorrow clear to you. Most people have read this verse and concluded that the Holy Spirit will make them understand the Bible. This is true. But there is more to it. Jesus understood the scriptures and also the things that pertain to his daily living. However, many believers are giants in dissecting scriptures, but toys in handling life challenges. They have narrowed the ministry of the Holy Spirit to explaining scriptures alone.
Every Christian has the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9) and we all have the potential to know the things to come and the will of God for our lives. I’m in love with Romans 8:14 which reads “And all those who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God”.
Jesus once told Nathanael that “while you were under the fig tree, I saw you”. He told his disciples that “one of you will betray me”. He once instructed them to “Go into the village ahead of you. You will find a donkey tied there and a colt with it”. What about when he said “our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I will go and wake him up” even when he had not seen Lazarus. He also guided Simon on where to invest his time and energy when he told him, “take the boat into deep water, and lower your nets to catch some fish” … and Simon caught fishes like never before.
All these are not just written in the Bible so we would say “Oh! What a wonderful Jesus”. They are patterned to inspire us to live a wonderful life. You have the ability to know … the exact place to invest … the price of that share will rise by $5 in 5 days … there will be a riot in that city… this is the bone of my bone … the people of City XYZ are crying for salvation. Yes! The Holy Spirit wants to make clear to you the things to come.
– tope aladenusi