John 16:33 (ESV) … “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Inner peace is conditional; it can come only through Jesus. The world offers only trouble that need not plague Jesus’ followers. We belong to the one who overcame the world. Fear turns to peace when we learn how to apply Jesus’ victory in our lives.
For the final time Jesus said, I have told you these things. His intent for the whole evening drew to a climax in peace. Trouble in the world? Certainly. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
MAIN IDEA REVIEW: The Holy Spirit is not some supernatural “influence” hovering in the clouds above. He comes to us, and through us he carries out his ministry to the world. He is a significant part of the communication process when Jesus speaks.