Weekly Word Definition – Bondage

Bondage

the state of being a slave

the tenure or service of a villain, serf, or slave

:  a state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): such as

  • a:  captivity, serfdom
  • b:  servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force young people in bondage to drugs

            Merriam-Webster

Used in two senses in Scripture, a literal and a metaphorical sense.

(1) In the former sense, it refers

(a) to the condition of the Hebrews (ăbhōdhāh) in Egypt (Exodus 1:14; 2:23) which is frequently called “the house of bondage,” Exodus 13:3, 14; 20:2; Deut. 5:6. It also refers to the condition of the Hebrews in Babylonia (Isaiah 14:3) and in Persia (Ezra 9:8), where a slightly different form of the same root (abhedhūth) is used in the original. In both these cases the bondage was not so much personal as national. As a rule, individuals were not subject to individuals, but the whole Hebrew people were subject to the Egyptian, Babylonian and the Persian states. They were forced to labor on public works, and otherwise, and were denied their own freedom when the exigencies of state seemed to demand it. The former word ʿăbhōdāh is also used in Neh. 5:18 as descriptive of the subject and depressed conditions of the Hebrews in Palestine during the earlier years after their return from captivity, when they were still living under Persian suzerainty.

(b) The word bondage ʿăbhādhīm is also used to describe the slavery into which the poor Jews were being forced by their more prosperous brethren in the earlier years under the Persians in Palestine (Neh. 5:5). Here true personal, though temporary, slavery is meant.

(c) Marriage is once referred to as a bondage (1 Cor. 7:15). It wasn’t the marriage that Paul was referring to, it was the obligations concerned with marriage.

(2) It is used in the metaphorical sense only in New Testament.

 “Bondage,” is the power of physical corruption as against the freedom of life (Romans 8:21), the power of fear as over against the confidence of Christian faith (Romans 8:15; Hebrews 2:15), and especially is it the bondage of the letter, of the elements, of a ceremonial and institutional salvation which must be scrupulously and painfully observed, as contrasted with the freedom of the sons of God, emancipated by faith in Jesus Christ. This bondage is a peculiarly Pauline idea since he was fighting for Christian freedom (Galatians 2:4; Galatians 4:3, 9, 24-25; Galatians 5:1). In 2 Peter 2:19 the idea is essentially different. Libertinism, masquerading under the name of freedom, is branded as bondage, in contrast with the true freedom of righteous living.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Bondage to sin is not necessary. Those who are true Christians have nothing to do with bondage to sin.

Romans 6:4-6 (NKJV)

Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Through our faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will guide us in a life free from sin if we will let Him. Don’t get caught up in bondage, it’s not worth it. Instead, listen to the Holy Spirit and live the bible every day. If you are living the bible, there will be no room for bondage in your life.

Weekly Devotional – Let God Be Your Healer!

John 5:5-9 (NKJV)

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

Sandy and I had just moved to Florida, and we found a well-established church and were attending it. One day the pastor and I were discussing the bible and I couldn’t help noticing they were not in any way helping the community. When I asked the pastor why, I was astonished at his answer.

The pastor stated it was not the responsibility of the church to address the physical needs of the congregation or the community. He stated, all the bible tells us to do is take care of the spiritual needs.

I’m sorry, but I don’t seem to be able to find any scripture to back up his statement. To the contrary, Jesus went about healing as a means of developing a report with the people so he could tell them about God and how to get eternal life.

Jesus healed those who needed healing as an example for you and me. If we establish good will and our church body receives a good witness from the lost in the community, you will begin to see an increase in the church.

Do your part as a Christian. Volunteer at the food bank, the library, the hospital, or any other place where people might have a need. Let God use you to heal those who need healing whether physical or spiritual.

Another church we attended was good about trying to heal the people both physically and spiritually. They tried to use the voice of the community to determine the needs of those who didn’t know God.

When I received salvation, it wasn’t because of something the community said, it wasn’t because of something I heard on the news, it wasn’t because of a visit from some missionary from some organization. I received salvation by the grace of God.

I received salvation because I heard the gospel preached and I believed what I heard. The Gospel has nothing to do with politics, community groups or how many people we help or how much money we donate. Salvation is given when the heart is right.

I have seen church organizations that worked hard to get people to come to their church and when they did, they heard the latest opinion on the gay rights or voting rights or something else equally as unimportant to the receiving of salvation.

When these people finally come to the church, it is to hear the truth preached and that is not happening. In fact, some of our congregations believe we should not subject the lost to the truth of the bible until after they are saved.

I think all of us need to study the bible and allow God to lead us and tell us what we need to do, not the latest trends of the community.

Weekly Devotional – August 7, 2021

The First Redeemer

Genesis 1:27

The name of the Divine Being. It is the rendering of the Hebrew ʾEl, from a word meaning to be strong; also of Eloah and its plural Elohim. The singular form, Eloah, is used only in poetry. The plural form is more commonly used in all parts of the Bible, The Hebrew word Jehovah, the only other word generally employed to denote the Supreme Being, is uniformly rendered as “Lord,” printed in small capitals. The existence of God is taken for granted in the Bible. The only argument to prove the existence of God is in the heart. He who disbelieves this truth is spoken of as one devoid of understanding (Psalms 14:1).

Man was made last of all the creatures: this was both an honour and a favour to him. Yet man was made the same day that the beasts were; his body was made of the same earth as theirs. While he is in the body, he inhabits the same earth with them. God forbid that by indulging the body, and the desires of it, we should make ourselves like the beasts that perish!

Man was to be a creature different from all that had been made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth, must be put together in him. God said, “Let us make man.” Man, when he was made, was to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Into that great name we are baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. It is the soul of man that especially bears God’s image. Man was made upright, Eccl 7:29. His understanding saw Divine things clearly and truly; there were no errors or mistakes in his knowledge; his will consented at once, and in all things, to the will of God.

His affections were all regular, and he had no bad appetites or passions. His thoughts were easily brought and fixed to the best subjects. Therefore man was holy, man was happy, Man was one with God. But how was this image of God defaced by man?

Here we find the “woman,” rather the female (gunē) in Greek, shares with the male the image of God, reflects God’s power and majesty on earth and is commanded to multiply and bring dominion to the earth. From Genesis 1:26-28 there is no suggestion of inferiority of the female to the male, nor is there any suggestion of her submission to his dominance. Rather, they are pictured together, the male and the female, as the representation of their Maker. A woman is a person in every respect as a man; she shares in the image of God and has the potential of varied ranges of response to culture, community, and life about her.

Another thing both man and woman shared in was “the fall.” We find the details of the fall in Genesis 3:1-13. Although both of them made excuses and tried to get out of punishment, they were both guilty. The first sin was not the eating of the fruit, it was the willful disobedience of God. Truthfully, that was true then and is also true now. We put many labels on sin, as God did in the Ten Commandments. Truthfully sin is the same. God said, “You shall not kill.” If we kill, it is not the act of killing that is the sin. The sin is the willful disobedience of God.

When God found that the man and woman had sinned, He could have just killed them and started over. Instead, God chose to redeem them, but with restrictions. Because the woman was easily deceived, God mad the man head of the household (1 Cor. 11:3). God changed childbearing from a pleasure to a burden. But man didn’t get off scot-free either. The man was to forever till the soil by the sweat of his brow.

In every situation of sin, there is a price that must be paid. God loved His creation of man so much, He foreordained that at a set time in the future, God would come and live among man so He could die on the cross for the sins of those who would believe in Him and turn back to Him forever (John 3:16). This makes God the first “Redeemer.”

Weekly Devotional – July 31, 2021

Risen

Luke 24:1-12

We don’t know at what time Jesus arose from the dead on the first day of the week, but it must have been very early. The earthquake and the angel (Matt. 28:2-4) opened the tomb, not to let Jesus out but to let the witnesses in.

Mary Magdalene had been especially helped by Jesus and was devoted to Him (Luke 8:2). She had lingered at the cross (Mark 15:47), and then she was first at the tomb. With her were Mary the mother of James; Joanna; and other devout women (Luke 24:10), hoping to finish preparing their Lord’s body for burial.

Because of the timing of the crucifixion, the body had not been completely prepared. The Sabbath started at 6 pm on Friday. Why? Because that is when the workday ended at sundown (Mark 1:32; Luke 4:40). We are not concerned with other places in the world, God was in the Garden of Eden. From the description of the Garden of Eden, we can assume that it was originally located in what we today call Iran. Sundown there is at about 6 pm.

There had been little time to preserve the body and get it to the tomb before sundown. What the ladies were doing was a sad labor of love that was transformed into gladness when they discovered that Jesus was alive.

“Who will roll the stone away?” was their main concern. The Roman soldiers would not break the Roman seal, especially for a group of mourning Jewish women. But God had solved the problem for them; the tomb was open and there was not a body to prepare!

At this point, two angels appeared on the scene. Matthew 28:2 and Mark 16:5 mention only one of the two, the one who gave the message to the women. There was a kind rebuke in his message as he reminded them of their bad memories! More than once, Jesus had told His followers that He would suffer and die and be raised from the dead (Matt. 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:17-19; Luke 9:22, 44; 18:31-34). How sad it is when God’s people forget His Word and live defeated lives. Today, the Spirit of God assists us to remember His Word (John 14:26).

The women ran to tell the disciples the good news, but the men did not believe them!

Unfortunately, there are still many churches and individuals today who still don’t believe it. I was raised in one of these churches. They only spoke of the Holy Spirit at baptisms. According to them, when you received the water baptism you automatically receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is there to help you. When doing bible studies, they always skipped over the 14th through the 16th chapters of John. I’m not sure whether they didn’t know how to explain them or they were afraid of them.

According to them, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are dead. Therefore there can be no more miracles. I guess they have never witnessed salvation, especially mine. I guess they have never witnessed the birth of a baby. I guess they have never witnessed a person being brought back to life. No, they are not dead. There are still miracles today just as there were in Jesus’ lifetime. In Mark 16:14, Jesus later rebuked them for their unbelief.

Mary Magdalene asked Peter and John to come to examine the tomb (John 20:1-10), and they too saw the proof that Jesus was not there. However, all that the evidence said was that the body was gone and apparently there had been no violence.

As Mary lingered by the tomb weeping, Jesus Himself appeared to her (John 20:11-18). It is one thing to see the empty tomb and the empty grave clothes, but quite something else to meet the risen Christ. We today cannot see the evidence in the tomb, but we do have the testimony of the witnesses found in the inspired Word of God.

As we live out our faith in Jesus Christ and know personally that He is alive in us (Gal. 2:20), we can see the miracles that are happening each day. We can recognize that the Holy Spirit is still waking people at 2 am singing a song of praise to God that they are to sing to the world. The Holy Spirit still inspires the words that God Called preachers and teachers are to speak, whether in a classroom or written. God still inspires men to write about God today just as he did Peter and Paul. A book doesn’t have to be cannoned to come from God.

Keep in mind that these women did not expect to see Jesus alive. They had forgotten His resurrection promises and went to the tomb only to finish anointing His body. They became excited witnesses, even to their leaders, that Jesus Christ is alive!

Has anyone ever walked up to you and said, “I see Christ in you?” If you are a Christian, then people should see Christ in you.

Weekly Devotional – July 24, 2021

The Word is Born

John 1:1-18

All four Gospels begin by placing Jesus within a historical setting, but the Gospel of John is unique in the way it opens. The Book of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus that connects Him to David and Abraham. Mark starts with the preaching of John the Baptist. Luke has a dedication of his work to Theophilus and follows that with a prediction of the birth of John the Baptist. But John begins with a theological insight.

It is almost as if John had said, “I want you to consider Jesus in His teaching and the good deeds He performed through His miracles. But you will not understand the good news of Jesus in its fullest sense unless you view Him from this point of view. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh of a man, and His words and deeds are those performed by the Holy Spirit who lived in Jesus” (Matthew 3:16-17).

The simple and earnest reason why the Son of God is called the Word seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent to reveal his Father’s mind to the world.

What the Apostle John says of Christ proves that he is God. He asserts His existence in the beginning; His coexistence with the Father. The Word was with God. All things were spoken into existence by him, but not as an instrument. Without him, there was nothing made from the universe to the smallest mammal. This shows how well qualified he was for the work of our redemption and salvation. The light of reason, as well as the life of magnificence, is derived from him and depends on him. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness, the world,  comprehends nothing. Let us pray without ceasing, that our eyes may be opened to behold this Light, that we may walk in it; and thus be made wise, from belief to salvation conceived by faith in Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist came to bear witness concerning Jesus. Nothing more fully shows the darkness of men’s minds, that when the Light appeared, there needed to be a witness to call attention to it. Christ was the true Light; that great Light which deserves to be called so.

 By his Spirit and grace he enlightens all that are enlightened to salvation; and those that are not enlightened by him, perish in darkness. Christ was in the world when he took the nature of man was upon him and He dwelt among us. The Son of the Highest was here in this lower world. He was in the world, but not of the world. He came to save a lost world because it was a world of his own making. Yet the world didn’t know Him.

When he comes as a Judge in the end times, for He is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8) the world will surely know him.

Many say that they are Christ’s own, yet they don’t receive him, because they won’t part with their sins, nor will they allow him to reign over them. All the children of God are born again. This new birth is because Jesus, the word of God, is the means (1Pe 1:23). and by the Holy Spirit of God as the Author.

By his Divine presence, Christ always was in the world. But now that the fulness of time had come, he was God in the flesh of a man.

Men disclose their weaknesses to those most familiar with them, but it was not so with Christ; those most intimate with him saw all of his glory

Though Jesus was in the form of man, He had the same Holy Spirit that is given to man through spiritual baptism. This same Holy Spirit will lead and guide the lives of all who allow Jesus to control their lives.

Do you have the Spirit of God in you? Are you part of the Divine Nature, thus a part of God? You should be!! Why Aren’t You?!

Weekly Word Definition – Eternity

Eternity, in common parlance, means infinite time that never ends (or the quality, condition or fact of being eternal). Classical philosophy, however, defines eternity as what exists outside time – as in describing supernatural beings and forces, whereas sempiternity corresponds to the infinitely temporal, non-metaphoric definitions, as recited in requiem prayers for the dead. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and many others in the Age of Enlightenment drew on the classical distinction to put forward metaphysical hypotheses such as “eternity is a permanent Now”. Wikipedia

Can You Explain Eternity?

“Eternity” To many, it is thought to be the realm where time goes on and on, non-stop, ad infinitum, into which one enters after death.

Words Synonymous to “Eternal” The words “forever” and “everlasting,” and the phrase “forever and ever” are used throughout scripture as synonyms for the word “eternal.”

What Does Eternity Represent?

Eternity is endless time. In philosophy and mathematics, an infinity sign is used to depict infinite duration, also called sempiternity or everlasting. Eternity is a crucial concept in many religions, where the immortality of God is said to endure eternally.

Eternity is also a vital part of Christianity. Many non-believers and even most religions want to lump Christianity into the category of a religion. Christianity does not have repetitive sayings or mandatory worship features. Christianity is a way of life. Christians live the bible daily, not just on Sunday.

Is God Everlasting or Eternal?

God is commonly portrayed as being eternal; however, there is more than one way to understand the concept of “eternal.” On the one hand, God may be thought of as “everlasting,” which means that God has existed through all time.

What are some symbols of eternity?

The infinity symbol. It is a symbol of eternity because it never ends. Another symbol would be the circle, it has no beginning and no end. Another symbol would be the True Christian. A true Christian has inherited eternal life and has already begun living it.

What is the difference between eternity and forever?

As nouns the difference between eternity and forever is that eternity is (uncountable) existence without end, infinite time while forever is an extremely long time. (duration) for all time, for all eternity; for an infinite amount of time.

Think of it this way. True Christians have God, the Holy Spirit living in their hearts all the time (John 14:17).

The time one spends in the dentist chair is (forever).

The time a True Christian spends with God is (eternity).

Weekly Devotional – July 10, 2021

Are You Called By God?

Jeremiah 1:1-10

Jeremiah’s early call is documented and proclaimed to the world. The fact that Jeremiah was ordained before he was formed in his mother’s womb has two separate and distinct messages for us. These messages are spoken loud and clear by God through Jeremiah.

The first message is about abortion. The people who are for abortion say that if the fetus is aborted before the third month, it has not been formed and that is not murder. This scripture is proof they are wrong. If Jeremiah had been aborted before the third month, before he had been formed in his mother’s womb, the world would have lost a great prophet.

God doesn’t give children to people just so they will have children. Each child is born with certain talents to pursue. Some may become school teachers, some may become congressman, etc. The fact is that God has already equipped these people to do a job for Him. God wants us to thrive as a nation and satan wants to stop God. That is not going to happen.

Satan is trying, through abortion, to manipulate our nation and the other nations of the world to conform to his agenda. If he can stop at least some of the great people God has already given a mission, he will be able to dictate the outcome of wars and set many nations against their neighbors.

As Christians, we should study God’s word and listen to Him. Pay no attention to the world. Stand fast against any scientist, congressman, or any other person that tries to push abortion. This is our duty as Christians (John 14:15).

The second message is to not let the world dictate the education of this country. There have been many great preachers and Apostles who could not read or write.

When Jesus chose the Apostles, he didn’t choose those who were well educated, he chose those who would be faithful and follow Him. Some of the Apostles could neither read nor write. Yet they were chosen to carry God’s Word to the world. These men learned to read and write from each other

One of these fisherman who only knew how to catch fish and count money, became the “rock” of the foundation of the church and delivered the first sermon after the day of Pentecost. This man who could not write his name, was equipped by God and led the movement of the church to his very death.

Today if some of the preachers who are turned out of the “mind mill” we call a college were told they would have to stop preaching or die, we would have a lot more bus drivers. God doesn’t call anyone to His service that He is not willing to equip for that particular service. Yes, we need the colleges, but they need to be regulated. No one who has not been called by God should be allowed to attend a seminary. After a person is called, they should study on their own for at least two years. In this time God will help them study and teach them the things He wants them to preach. Not every preacher or teacher has the same message. After God has given them the message He wants them to preach or teach, then let them go to college to learn the administration of the church.

These ten verses of scripture, if we heed them, could bring our nation to serve God. Study them and listen to God. Tell the world to be quiet.

Weekly Word Defintion – Forebearance

Definition of forbearance. a refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due. The policy provides a means of forbearance for borrowers meeting certain criteria. Definition of Forbearance by Merriam-Webster

Forbearance” (a holding back) is ascribed to God (Romans 2:4, “the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering”; Romans 3:25 the Revised Version (British and American), “the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God,” the King James Version “remission” (margin “passing over”) of sins, that are past, through the forbearance of God”); in Phil. 4:5, Revised Version (British and American) “forbearance,” margin “gentleness”; it is a Christian grace in likeness to God. “Forbearing” (The King James Version, margin) is substituted by the Revised Version (British and American) for “patient” (“holding up under evil”) in 2 Tim. 2:24. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Sin is easy and some say it is fun; Salvation on the other hand is inconvenient, boring, wimpish, and is not easy to maintain.

For some, sin is easy because they have lived that type of life so long, they just can’t give it up. It is much easier to stretch your definition of what the bible says than to change your whole lifestyle.

God has given us the alternative to sin through Jesus Christ. If we believe on Christ as our savior, He will change our lives for us. To believe we must, study the bible, pray, love one another, Help one another, and be willing to die for each other. If you do all these things for the remainder of your life, you will use less energy than just one of those parties you attended.

Weekly Devotional – June 19, 2021

A Parable of the Vineyard!

Matthew 21:33-40 (NKJV)

“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.

Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”

Of course we know the landowner was God. God had promised Abraham that his seed would be as the sands of the sea. The seed of Abraham would prosper under the protection of God and they would be God’s people.

Over the years the world (vinedresser) sold the descendants of Abraham into bondage, they needed them to build a pyramid for their king. Again God rescued His people and established their worship of Him. God placed a judge as their overseer, and established the order of the priesthood to carry out His work for the people. The people and the world again betrayed Him.

This time God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross that we might have eternal life. Jesus established the church and removed God’s people from the law that was responsible for hurting His people. When God’s own people rejected Jesus, they lost their share in Heaven.

When the landowner comes to gather His people, those who have betrayed Him will have to stand trial. If found guilty, they will die (Romans 6:23).

The scripture above is a parable. A parable is a story that resembles real life. This story is the story of salvation and why it had to happen. When Jesus established the church, God again placed a line of preachers, teachers, and other clergy to oversee and educate the church. God also gave us His will for us, and we call it “The Bible. “Over the years these clergy allowed the world to creep into the church and corrupt it. These same clergy also allowed their hearts to harden. The bible that God gave us has been perverted over the years and used against God not for him.

This time God did things differently. The church is not a tangible asset. The church was placed in the hearts of the believer. This time each and every person can change the outcome of the church. By studying the word of God for ourselves and finding out His will for us, we can remove the church from the world and lead it out of bondage ourselves through faith in Jesus Christ.

The landowner’s son died in our place. The least we can do is allow Christ to take charge of our lives and lead us through the desert (life) and bring us to the Promised Land (Heaven).

After all, Jesus died in our place for that privilege. (Romans 8:11)

Weekly Word Definition – Garments

Definition of ‘garment’.

A garment is a piece of clothing; used especially in contexts where you are talking about the manufacture or sale of clothes. Many of the garments have the customers’ name tags sewn into the linings. Garment definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary

Isaiah 59:17 (NKJV)

For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

In Biblical days a garment wasn’t just a piece of clothing. The garment was the clothing next to the skin of the person wearing them.

The outer clothing was called a Cloak. Both men and women were dressed the same. The under garment was not normally seen.

Isaiah was a prophet sent to warn the people of God’s wrath. There was no one to intervene for the people of God, only the prophets that were sent to warn them.

Many believe the above scripture was a prediction of the coming of Christ. I guess you could say that God was telling people that in the future, things would change for the better.

The Messiah (Christ) was to be an intermediate between man and God. The Messiah was to position Himself in such a way that when God looked at man, He would see Christ. However, man must play their part as well. We must put Christ in our hearts to be seen by God. If we fail to do God’s bidding, we take away our chances at salvation.

Our cloak (our outer body) is exposed to the world and many things can influence the body; many things can put the body in danger. However, the garment today is cared for by Christ if we have accepted Him as our Savior.

Our Garment (Heart) is reserved by God for His Son that He freely gave as a sacrifice for our sins. If we accept Christ as our savior, He will stand between us and God as an intercession. God will not see the sinfulness of our hearts; He will only see Christ.

Your cloak is made of sin, what is your garment made of?

John 14:16 (NKJV)

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–