BIBLE READING: JOHN 16:5-7
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18(NKJV)
The ministry of Jesus while on Earth was peculiar and all-encompassing because He identified with everyone and played Diverse Roles depending on the need of the person that encountered Him. According to Acts 10:38, Jesus went about doing good and dislodged the works of the devil; He healed, delivered and restored and reproduced His Nature in the lives of His followers which led to them being referred to as Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26). At the Climax of Jesus’ Discipleship, when the disciples were hoping that He would restore the Nation of Israel, Jesus switched to prepare His Disciples for His Departure with a Promise to send another Helper Who would be for their advantage – “Nevertheless I tell you the Truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” John 16:7(NKJV)
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person in the Trinity i.e., God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Greatest Treasure in Heaven and the Person Who governs the Administration of the Purposes of God on the Earth. He is not a bird, wind, fire, or a force as often misinterpreted because He manifested Himself in diverse forms as the occasion demanded to the Glory of God. Jesus referred to Himself as the First Paraclete, saying that when He leaves, He will send them another Paraclete – the Holy Spirit.
There are a wide variety of translations of the term Paraclete by Commentators because the Greek adjective “paraklētos” cannot easily be translated into English with a single word that adequately covers its breadth of meaning. The term has been translated to mean Helper, Advocate, Comforter and Counsellor. However, the translation “Helper” is more comprehensive in scope to cover the diversity and depth of the riches of the Holy Spirit. By Paraclete, Jesus meant Someone Who was going to come and fill His Place in His Earthly Ministry to the disciples. The idea behind the Holy Spirit as Paraclete is as broad and deep as the role that Jesus played in the lives of His disciples during the three years when He walked with them. What Jesus had been to them, the Holy Spirit was now going to be to them and even more because Jesus was limited by His Humanity.
The Holy Spirit as our Paraclete is a multifaceted Help that Jesus offered to us to give us an Advantage on Earth as seen below:
(1.) The Paraclete as our Teacher: “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:25-26).
(2.)The Paraclete testifies about Jesus: “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness because you have been with Me from the beginning. (John 15:26-27).
(3.)The Paraclete will convict the world: And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8).
There are times when you feel that you are alone in this world. Never forget that He did not leave us as orphans but gave us a Paraclete in His Stead. He is closer to us than the clothes we wear. Acknowledge and engage the Holy Spirit daily.
Father, I thank You for not leaving me as an orphan in this world and for the Gift of the Holy Spirit Who resides within me. I welcome the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life and receive Grace to engage the Spirit of Truth and not to grieve the Holy Spirit but to maximise the Advantage within Me in Jesus’ Name. Amen.