“And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.” – Luke 12:11-12
Coming alongside the disciples, Jesus explained another time, would be precisely one of the reasons why the Spirit would be sent to the disciples —
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[a]who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[b] — John 14:16-17
The Spirit would be an ‘advocate’ to ‘help’ and ‘be with’ Jesus’ disciples. He would be their major resource and guide.
They’ll not be alone no matter how it may feel to them. Their words will have power because of the Spirit speaking through them. To ignore their words is to ignore the very Spirit of God speaking through them.
The broader lesson we learn from this verse is that the one whose eye is on the sparrow has His eye on us when we are under pressure. We go through no experience alone. We have illimitable access to the indwelling Spirit in every condition of life. Let us understand the mighty encouragement that these words of Jesus Christ give all His people. Let us be educated by this promise.
God has given us His Holy Spirit, so that we might learn to obey His word and fulfill His will. On our own we are not able to do much, but when we receive the Holy Spirit, we are able to carry out things that we would have not on our own. The Holy Spirit trains us in the ways of the Lord, counsels us into the spiritual truth of God.
Life gives us critical moments in which we need to know how to answer. The Holy Spirit will teach us what we should say when we find ourselves trapped and cannot find someone to deliver us. It will be the same when we’re accused for serving Jesus, the Spirit will fill our mouth with the necessary response. If we walk in the Spirit we will receive the adequate words to say in the critical moments of life.
Not just any words of clever human wisdom will suffice when it comes to matters of the kingdom of God. The Spirit can be relied upon to give us the words that we need to speak so that God can carry out His plan in and through us. When we don’t know what to say but we need to say something, the Spirit is there to help.
The perspective that many Christians have about the Holy Spirit is that it’s an ambient power that “helps us live godly.” But according to what Jesus is telling us, the Holy Spirit is much more! In this passage, Jesus lays out a hypothetical scenario where a person is in sudden need of a response. A situation where their life may depend on the right words being spoken. Jesus is saying that in that moment the Holy Spirit of God will intercede and literally give us the words to speak.