17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. Jn 14:17
What did Jesus say about the Holy Ghost? 1) He’s the Spirit of truth (see Jn 14:17; 15:26; 16:13). As the Spirit of truth, He will guide or lead us into all truth and show us things to come (Jn 16:13). Truth protects us from lies and deception. Truth keeps us in line with God. Truth keeps us on the path of righteousness. Truth makes us free.
2) The world cannot receive Him – The Holy Ghost. Why? Because the world seeth Him not and the world neither knoweth Him. Paul says it this way, “14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (I Cor 2:14 KJV)”. If the unsaved can’t see, know or understand The Holy Ghost then how will they ever know or be saved? The Church is the answer and the link (or missing link for that matter) for connecting Heaven’s power to earth byway of Jesus and the power of the Holy Ghost. Jesus said you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost comes upon you (see Acts 1:8). The power is not to amaze or amuse ourselves; the power is to win a dying world to Jesus. Now a weak Gospel produces a weak Church and a powerful Gospel produces a powerful Church. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation. It’s not a powerless gospel it is a power-full Gospel. When Peter preached to Cornelius and his household about how God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and with power, the Holy Ghost said “thank you” and BAM!!! (my interpretation), they were all baptized with the Holy Ghost. Peter couldn’t even finish his sermon. It was like the day of Pentecost all over again. So how do we the Church get the world to see, know, and understand the Holy Ghost so that they can receive Him?
3) But ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. This is key and this is powerful. Jesus is our example. He gave the disciples power and authority while He was here on earth. It was their connection with Jesus that permitted the Holy Ghost to dwell with them but Jesus also said He would be in them – take up permanent residence. Up until then, The Holy Ghost had not been given because Jesus was not yet glorified (see Jn 7:37-39). The Holy Ghost dwelt with the disciples but was not in them. After Jesus was raised from the dead He breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (see Jn 20:22). On Pentecost they did.
We must be full of the Holy Ghost and clothed in His power to work the works of God in order for the world to see, know, and understand Him. They’ll see Him at work in our lives and they’ll know Him by the things He reveals to us (The Truth) concerning them or the mighty works He does through us.