16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. [NIV]
We live at a time when there is a lot of talk about the Holy Spirit but very little understanding on who He really is and what he does. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is God. He is the third Person of the Trinity. He is not a force. He is not just power. He is God. He is personal. He relates to believers in personal ways.
1. The Holy Spirit is another comforter.
Jesus promised his disciples that he would send another helper (parakletos), —one of the same kind. [And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever, John 14:16]. The Holy Spirit continues the ministry of Jesus Christ here on earth, in the lives of the believers. The Bible also portrays Jesus as our parakletos: our advocate who defends us before the Father (1 John 2:1). So, whereas Jesus is our advocate in heaven, the Holy Spirit helps us on earth.
The Greek word parakletos is very rich in meaning that many English Bible translations give it different renderings. Here are some of them: Helper, comforter, counselor, encourager, mediator, one who consoles, intercessor, defender, and advocate. I believe that the Holy Spirit as a parakletos is all these meanings put together—and more! Literally, the word parakletos means one called alongside to help. It can mean the “one who mothers us” or, as in one language in Central Africa, ‘the one who falls down beside us,’ that is to say, an individual who upon finding a person collapsed along the road, kneels down beside the victim, cares for his needs, and carries him to safety.
1. The Holy Spirit is at your side to help and strengthen you.
2. He is there to teach you how to live as a Christian (v. 26).
3. He is there to comfort you in difficult situations (v. 18).
4. He is there to pray and intercede for you (Rom. 8:26).
5. He is there to be your friend (v. 18).
6. He is there to remain forever. As a Child of God, the Holy Spirit will never abandon you.
I don’t know where you are in your relationship with Jesus Christ but I know that the Holy Spirit is right there to HELP you. If you are a child of God—if you have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, the Holy Spirit lives right inside of you! And he is always there to help you.
If, however, you have not surrendered to Jesus Christ as savior, the Holy Spirit is there to help you make that decision. All you need to do is to tell God [you can even pause right now and say] that “God I am a sinner stuck in my sinfulness. I trust that through Jesus Christ, you are able to save me. Please save me.” If you said those words sincerely, you are now forgiven. You are a child of God! The Hoy Spirit has come into you heart [unbelievable, right?] to be your parakletos—your helper.