This morning we’re going to see that the Holy Spirit plays another role. According to v. 13, He is the Spirit of Truth.
We live in a world full of deception, deceit, propaganda and lies.
I heard the story of Jorge Rodriguez was a Mexican bank robber who operated along the Texas border in the late 1800s. He was so successful the Texas Rangers assigned an extra posse to the Rio Grande to stop him.
Late one afternoon one of these special Rangers saw the robber crossing the river, and he trailed him to his home village, where Jorge went into his favorite saloon.
The Ranger followed, slipped in the back of the saloon and got the drop on the robber. With a pistol to his head, he said,
"I know who you are, Jorge Rodriguez, and I have come to get back all the money you’ve stolen from the banks of Texas. Unless you give it to me, I’m going to pull the trigger."
But there was a problem—Jorge didn’t speak English, and the Ranger didn’t know Spanish. They were at an impasse until…
Fortunately a villager said, "I’m bilingual. Do you want me to translate?"
The Ranger nodded, and the villager translated what he had said.
Sweat was beading on Jorge’s brow. He answered,
"Tell the big Texas Ranger that I haven’t spent a cent of the money. If he will go to the town well, face north, and count down five stones, he will find a loose one there. Pull it out, and all the money is behind it. Please tell him quickly."
The translator got a solemn look on his face and said to the Ranger,
"Jorge Rodriguez is a brave man. He says he is ready to die."
Our world is full of deception.