Today’s Reading: John 14:15-31 (additional reading: Psalm 119:33-48 & Proverbs 15:33)
John 14:17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever…” Jesus has taken care of these disciples. He has taught them and nurtured them. And they are wondering how they are going to make it without him. Jesus knows they could not make it on their own. But he is not going to abandon them like a bunch of orphans. He is going to send to them another Comforter.
In John 14:18 he says, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” How will he come? In the person of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will come and as the third person of the Trinity and perfectly represent him.
Many of you know that the word in John’s text translated Counsellor, Comforter, or Helper is “parakleetos” which is difficult to translate into English. It is a combination of para meaning beside and kaleoo meaning I call. It refers to one called along side to help. It was sometimes used as a legal term for a defense attorney. Therefore it is sometimes translated Advocate. John uses this term to help us understand our relationship to the Holy Spirit.
What Jesus is saying is that I am going to send you someone who will do for you all the things I have been doing for you. Another Comforter, the “another” is, allos, another of the same kind (Someone just like Jesus). “I will ask the Father and He will give you another Comforter…”
Why is this important to you and me? Because what was true of the disciples is also true of you and me. Without the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, encourage us, lead us, and guide us—without Him we too will not make it. No one in this room is able to live godly without the abiding help of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we can find ourselves very depleted and discouraged when we try to do it all in our own strength. But here is the good news; this promise to the disciples is also a promise to you and me. Acts 2:39 “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” NKJV The Holy Spirit is exactly what we need to handle life successfully and to live godly.
(Verse 16), He comes to be with you forever. The Holy Spirit is not fickle in His commitment to you. He is not just with you when you feel spiritual. He is not just with you when you you’re at your best or when you’re on your knees. He abides in you. He comes to be with you forever. You can count on Him. You must count on Him. But the good news is you can count on Him.