The ParacleteBy Rev. John Cortright on 02/03/2019
The Last recorded teaching of Jesus is in John chapters 14-16. Love is one of the great themes in these chapters (John 13:34-35; 14:15, 21, 23-24; 15:9-10, 12-14, 17; 16:27; 17:26). If we are disciples of Jesus, we will love him and keep his commandments.
John 13:1, 31-36
Also, in the context of these chapters, Jesus knew what he was about to go through in his suffering, death, and later his resurrection and ascension to the Father (John 13:1). In this context, he often told them that he will be leaving to go to the Father (John 14:1-5, 12, 18-19, 28; 16:5-7, 10, 16-22, 28).
Although he was leaving, he would not be leaving them alone.
Something else would be coming--the paraclete, the spirit of truth.
John 14:15-17 The Father will give another “helper“ (Gk parakletos), that is the spirit of truth.
The word “helper” is translated from the Greek word parakletos which literally means one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate, and intercessor. This word is used four times in these chapters. It is used only one other time in the Bible, in 1 John, translated “advocate” (1 John 2:1).
John 14:16-20 First use of paraclete
This is “another” helper, like himself.
It will abide in us (verse 23).
Not leave us as orphans
We will know that Jesus is in the Father, and we are in Christ, and Christ is in us.
John 14:25-27 Second use of paraclete
The Holy Spirit
It will teach us all things.
Bring all things to our remembrance, all that Jesus said
Peace I leave you
John 15:26 Third use of paraclete
It will testify about Jesus.
And we will testify--witness about Christ
John 16:7-15 Fourth use of paraclete
It is to our advantage that Jesus went away and the helper would come.
It will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
It will guide us into the all truth.
It will disclose to us what is to come.
It will glorify Jesus.
We can now ask the Father in the name of Jesus about anything, just as Jesus asked the Father.
They didn’t fully understand what Jesus was communicating until after his death, resurrection, ascension, and the giving of the holy spirit at Pentecost. We can now have the paraclete, the spirit of truth, abiding in us. In the world we will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. Jesus has overcome!
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