The Greek dictionary explains the definition of Parakletos or the Holy Spirit as: One called, or sent for to assist another; an advocate, one who pleads the cause of another… one present to render various beneficial service, and thus the Paraclete, whose influence and operation were to compensate for the departure of Christ himself ¹
While Jesus was on earth, He spoke to His disciples of sending the Holy Spirit once He was gone, so they would not be alone. He knew they’d still need guidance and help. They didn’t understand Him at first and didn’t until the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and they experienced His indwelling themselves.
If you love Me, keep My commandments.
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.
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 16:6, 8
When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon believers in the upper room; Peter assured them (and us) that this Holy Spirit was a gift from God; promised them by Jesus. The gift of the Holy Spirit was a promise to all believers to come. Including us.
This Jesus, God has raised up,
of which we are all witnesses.
the promise of the Holy Spirit,
He poured out this which you now see and hear.
For the promise is to you and your children;
as many as the Lord our God will call.
Just as Jesus sought to do the will of the Father, so does the Holy Spirit. He isn’t out to promote His own agenda, but only that of our Father God.
He will guide you into all truth;
for He will not speak on His own authority,
but whatever He hears He will speak;
and He will tell you things to come.
of what is Mine and declare it to you.
Therefore I said that He will take of Mine
and declare it to you.
The Holy Spirit will stay with us throughout our lifetime. He lives within us to warn us of what we are about to do wrong; to convict us of our sins; and to bring us to repentance.
And when He has come,
He will convict the world of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment.
Have you ever read something in the bible that you’ve read many times before; but all of a sudden the ‘light bulb’ goes on and you seem to see it for the first time? That is the Holy Spirit. He gives us understanding and deepening wisdom as we grow.
He also reminds us of scripture when we need it. I don’t know how many times I was trying to remember a particular verse and couldn’t. I then stopped and prayed; asking the Holy Spirit for help and sure enough, suddenly it was there.
But as it is written:
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared
for those who love Him.
yes, the deep things of God.
1 Cor 2:9-10
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.
How many times have you needed comfort and peace. The Holy Spirit manifests these things for us. God sees what we need and it is through the working of the Holy Spirit that we receive it.
Sometimes life gets so bad that we don’t even know how to pray for the situation at hand. Or our emotions are so involved that we can’t even form words vocally or in our thoughts. This is when the Holy Spirit takes over and intercedes for us. He takes over and presents our needs to the Father.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation…
2 Corinthians 1:3-4a
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.
For we do not know what
we should pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
knows what the mind of the Spirit is,
because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit can also give us boldness when speaking. Look at the apostles before and after they received the Holy Spirit. Once they had received the gift, they were able to speak with such strength and conviction that the Jewish leaders-the Sanhedrin were astonished.
said to them…
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.
Acts 4:8 & 13a
And when they had prayed,
the place where they were assembled together
was shaken; and they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit,
and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
In many different circumstances, God can, through His Holy Spirit, give us the very words we need. I myself can testify to this. This blog wouldn’t be here without His help. He straightens out my feeble attempts at writing and fixes my mixed up thought process. I have trouble with forming sentences and remembering words due to my Fibromyalgia.
There may be times when you are trying to talk to someone about salvation and you need the help of the Holy Spirit to do so. In times of difficulty, persecution even, the Holy Spirit will come through for us. Scripture tells us not to worry about what to say at those times.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,
that we might know the things that
have been freely given to us by God.
which man’s wisdom teaches
but which the Holy Spirit teaches,
comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13
But whatever is given you in that hour,
speak that; for it is not you who speak,
but the Holy Spirit.
Without even touching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are a topic for another time, you can see how important the Holy Spirit is to a believer’s life. God didn’t want us to walk this life alone, so He gave us this precious gift in The Holy Spirit. It is up to us to allow Him to help us and for us to listen to Him.
Now may the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Until next time, God bless.