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. John 16:7
This verse from the gospel of John was uttered by Jesus during his last few days on Earth. In his cryptic usage of the term "Helper", He was specifically talking about the Holy Spirit that would come to indwell each of His Apostles in order to help build His church. The Helper emboldened Jesus's followers, gave them the ability to speak in languages that they had never known before, and imparted to them supernatural powers to heal the sick and the lame. In short, he gave them great power to do the work that Jesus had charged them to do. Our scripture tells us that once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit immediately indwells us as well. What does this mean? What does it do for us? That is exactly what Swindoll tackles in this book, using Scripture as his guide. He addresses the topics of:
- What is the Holy Spirit?
- Why is the Holy Spirit relevant to us today?
- How does the Holy Spirit work within us?
- What should our expectations be regarding the Spirit's power?