Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

This account I have given the reader, not so much with the intention of commending the Romans, as of comforting those that have been conquered by themand for the deterring others from attempting innovations under their governmentThis discourse of the Roman military conduct may also perhaps be of use to such of the curious as are ignorant of it, and yet have a mind to know it. I return now from this digression.”

JosephusWars of the Jews, Book 3, 5:8

If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth {the comforting works of Josephus and the knowledge that the Roman power had become invincible;}; 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

– John 14:15-26

It is so very true. Reading Josephus’ true account is comforting and brings to remembrance all things that Jesus said and it does serve as a deterrent for those seeking innovations under the Roman government, promoting repentance for a remission of seditions and obedience of the commandments of the living God. And it certainly is comforting now to know the whole truth, how much soever it be neglected by the Greek historians who wrote the New Testament. Wouldn’t you agree?

“And now I am come to this part of my narration, I have a mind to say a few things to Justus… as also to others who profess to write history, but have little regard to truth, and are not afraid… to relate falsehoods… for neither wast thou concerned in that war, nor hast thou read the commentaries of Caesar… thou hast contradicted those commentaries of Caesar in thy history… for I was conscious to myself, that I had observed the truth of the facts; and as I expected to have their attestation to them, so I was not deceived in such expectation… Now the emperor Titus was so desirous that the knowledge of these affairs should be taken from these books alone, that he subscribed his own hand to them, and ordered that they should be published; and for king Agrippa, he wrote me sixty-two letters, and attested to the truth of what I had therein delivered; two of which letters I have here subjoined, and thou mayst thereby know their contents: – “King Agrippa to Josephus, his dear friend, sends greeting. It seems by what you have written that you stand in need of no instruction, in order to compile our information from the beginning. However, when thou comest to me, I will inform thee of a great many things which thou dost not know.” So when this history was perfected, Agrippa, neither by way of flattery, which was not agreeable to him, nor by way of irony, as thou wilt say, (for he was entirely a stranger to such an evil disposition of mind,) but he wrote this by way of attestation to what was true, as all that read histories may do. And so much shall be said concerning Justus which I am obliged to add by way of digression.”

JosephusThe Life Of Flavius Josephus, :65

See also The Unpardonable Sin:

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