Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7)


The Greek word translated expedient means “to be an advantage; profitable.” How could any situation be more advantageous or profitable than having Jesus physically with you? However, when Jesus walked on this earth in His physical body, He was subject to many physical limitations. For He could not always be with every one of His disciples all the time. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit He could.

The list of advantages of having the Holy Spirit in us compared to having Jesus with us in His physical body goes on and on. Instead of dealing with one Jesus, Satan saw 120 “little Christ’s” (that is literally what the word Christian means) come out of the upper room on the Day of Pentecost, and three thousand more were born again after Peter preached that day.

Jesus taught His disciples as no teacher ever had, yet they had very little understanding because they were not born again. After the Holy Spirit came, He led them into all truth and even showed them things to come. The advantages can all be summed up in that Jesus’ power is now complete [simple_tooltip content=’And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’](Matt. 28:18)[/simple_tooltip] and no longer confined to one physical body.

You cannot live a victorious and satisfying Christian life without a moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, day-by-day dependence upon the Spirit of God inside you. He is there to teach you, guide you, comfort you, and strengthen you. Draw upon His ability today in everything you do.