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John 14:16-17
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.....But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 14:26
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

Two verses to make note of regarding the Trinity. In first the Father will send "another" parakletos (called to one's side to be of help). Another is not different in Greek but of a "similar kind". Jesus and Holy Spirit are of a similar kind as part of the Trinity.

Not to just be "with you forever", but abide with you forever. The Spirit ("pneuma") refered to in the Old Testament as the "Spirit of God". Doesn't sound like Spirit will ever leave you in this verse. The Spirit of Truth because God is Truth. Jesus is Truth.

"Before Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon men and dwelt with them. But since Pentecost, when a man believes on the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes up His abode in that man’s life forever."

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. 1997, c1995. Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments . Thomas Nelson: Nashville

In the fuuture the Holy Spirit will be in you - The "in you" referred to in NIV is that Gk. word "en" that has the meaning of being immersed, enmeshed, intertwined with you. Pretty cool!

In John 14:26 the Trinity is broken down again Holy Spirit, Father, and Jesus. Note the teaching denoted here is a "complete teaching". Mark down that in this first reference to "complete teaching" Holy Spriit will deal with the "past". What Jesus said, how it refers to Old Testament, and the Old Testament itself.

Mike,
I think God's promise to David really was a covanant. That's what I was taught and there are many references such as http://www.soundofgrace.com/piper83/121883m.htm . Thanks for your excellent guidance through the scriptures, which makes my Bible reading come alive each new day. -Rick

Mike,
I think you missed the point that the building of a temple for God is not refering to Solomon but still to Jesus Christ. The true temple of God is the Church of Jesus Christ. While the Isralites have tried to build God a temple it has each time been destroyed.

Only the Church of Jesus Christ is able to stand for all time.

While it is true later Solomon does build a temple I beleive this passage is still refering to Jesus and the church he builds.

Just food for thought. Thanks for your helping us all dive deeper into the word - Dave

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