Pentecost Saturday


LESSON: LUKE 24:44-49

“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:25-26

If the Holy Spirit is to live up to His name, He cannot carry out His office anywhere else but where there is no counsel or comfort available and where such counsel and comfort is necessary and also desired. The Holy Spirit cannot comfort hard-headed men with frivolous hearts. Such men have never known any kind of inward struggle or tasted the bitter fruits of despair. They have never felt any particular need or spiritual distress, so the Holy Spirit has nothing to offer them. His office can be carried out only among the sorrowful, those in need of comfort, in hearts that are despairing.

But what is His work? To teach “all things” and bring matters to remembrance that men must know. Some have explained this as meaning that the Scriptures do not contain all that man must believe and do or leave undone. The Holy Spirit’s work is to teach many things that Christ did not teach. This is absolutely against the work of the Holy Spirt and even quite absurd.

Christ says quite clearly here: “He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you,” that is, “He will explain clearly what I am now telling you better than I am able to teach you with words. You will need no further words or explanations.”

Christ bases His Word on the testimony of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s work to bear witness to Christ, and this testimony of the Spirit lives in our hearts so that we understand it and believe it. Hence, if anyone teaches you something different about Christ, do not accept it as coming from the Holy Spirit.

SL 11:1029 (29-30)

PRAYER: Holy Spirit of God, give us a new mind to comprehend the loving purposes of our God and Father, a new heart ever to rejoice in them, and the perseverance which keeps us on the paths of Your will, in Christ’s name. Amen.

Editor’s note: No American Edition (AE) equivalent for today’s sermon excerpt exists at the time of this publication. For an alternate English translation of this sermon, see Lenker, Church Postil—Gospels, 3:272-287.