A New Counselor – Comforter

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  – John 14:16-18

The Disciples are slowly beginning to understand. They are beginning to realize that Jesus is going to be taken from them. They will no longer have him with them with his words of strength and comfort and they were beginning to feel that.

That is why Jesus begins John 14 with, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Now he is explaining why they shouldn’t be troubled. He said “yes, I am going away, but you will not be left alone. The Father is sending you another to comfort you, to guide you and to give you strength.”

He used an interesting Greek word to describe the one who would come to them. It is parakletos. This word literally means called to one’s side, or to one’s aid. It was used in court referring to legal counsel. It is also used to denote one who is offering aid, assistance or counsel.

Jesus seemed to be saying that I have been with you as comforter, or counselor, but now I am going. However, you will not be left without comfort. He was not referring to another who would walk with them, but he was referring to the one who now walked with them but who would then live in them.

He was relating an entirely new relationship. Jesus was with them, but the one who would come, though in a different form, would be the same as the one who dwelt with them, except now he would be in them.

When Jesus said, “I will not leave you without comfort but I will come to you he was revealing that physically he was gone, but his Spirit would come to them. He would be in them.

 Prayer:  Thank you Lord for returning to live in me. Grant me the wisdom to accept the wisdom of the counselor. Amen.

Principle: Jesus was with them, but the one who would come, though in a different form, would be the same as the one who dwelt with them, except now he would be in them.

Affirmation:The comforter/counselor has come and I am comforted by his presence. I also turn to him for guidance and He is my comforter.

 Reflection: Jesus is teaching an interesting concept. He had been their comforter, their confidant. Now he was leaving them, but he wouldn’t stay away he would return, not to be with them but to be in them. Now we do not need to go to another for Christ himself abides in us.

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