Spirit of truth ... guide you into all the truth ...

John 16:13-15 (NASB)

13     “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

14     “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.

15     “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

What is meant with the term "the spirit of truth"? Are there several "spirits", such as "spirit of truth", "spirit of wisdom", "holy spirit"; etc? Is this "spirit" a living being of some kind? or perhaps something like an "attitude/interest for truth"? or what?

Who will be led or guided by this "spirit of truth" (in other words, who are the "you" being addressed)?

What is the "all truth" mentioned into which these "you" would be guided? does it mean these "you" would be knowing everything that is true, or what?


  • YourTruthGodYourTruthGod Posts: 210

    There is only one divine Spirit, and He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth.

  • C McC Mc Posts: 3,626

    My Brother, Wolfgang,

    Is not the ''you" refers to John's then, audience (disciples of Christ and future followers)? Do you recall the attributes of the Holy Spirit in Scripture? Like any other student follower, he or she will not know everything the Master knows. He would guide them to know "all truth", the necessities to believe, live, develop faith, get alone with one another, witness, address their enemies, discern truth from error, and resist temptation.

    I hope this help. CM

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