The phrase nothing lasts forever is one I remember hearing as a child when one of my toys broke. Sometimes it has been used in reference to a break up in a relationship. It might be spoken when a business closes. Or we may casually toss it around in conversation if the context is right. Growing up, I thought this phrase was true for everything. Here’s what I discovered this morning while reading in the Gospel of John: This phrase is not true about my relationship with the Holy Spirit.
In John, Jesus says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth” (John 14:15-17). When we believe in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for our salvation, then the Spirit enters into a relationship with us. And our relationship with the Person of the Holy Spirit spans the years of our earthly life and our life in the eternal presence of God. The Spirit is with us now and with us when we enter the kingdom of God.
However, everything the Holy Spirit teaches us about God in Christ through the Scriptures does last forever. He gives us the truth about God and Jesus Christ while we are living in the world, and through Him we will keep all the truth He has taught us about Jesus when we join Christ in the everlasting realm of God.
Something does last forever: The believer’s relationship with God in Christ through the Spirit.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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