I Arise Today: The Holy Spirit as “Paraclete”
So yes, there will be wild times following the Wild Goose, but let not your heart be troubled, because you’ll never navigate them alone. Did you notice that Jesus calls the Spirit “another advocate” (John 14:16, literally “another of the same kind” as Christ, i.e., deity), which renders the Greek word “Paraclete,” a word capable of such a large range of meanings (from “Helper” and “Advocate” to “Comforter” and “Counselor”) that finding an English equivalent is difficult.
The beauty of having the third member of the Holy Trinity as our Paraclete is not just that He is our Helper, but that He is our ever-present Helper. As in constantly attentive. As in never absent. As in always available. That’s why, on the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples that they’d be worse off if He didn’t leave them.
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7).
Even though Jesus was (and is) the Son of God, He could only be in one place at one time because of the limitations of His humanity. So He wanted to ascend into heaven so that He could send the Holy Spirit to every believer as their ever-present, always-available Advocate. As Gordon Fee writes, “The living God is a God of power; and by the Spirit the power of the living God is present with us and for us.”
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