The Paraclete

John 14:15–31 (NKJV)

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 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. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

John 14:15-21

In this passage, Jesus addresses the coming departure of the Savior from the earth. In order to help His followers know that the presence of God will not be missing from the earth after He leaves, Jesus promises that another comforter, or paraclete, will come, know to the church, who will lead them into truth and the ministry for which they are called.

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 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. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

John 14:22-31

Jesus goes even further in answer to Judas’ question as to how the Lord will be manifest to the church and not to the world. Jesus tells of how the Holy Spirit will teach the believer all things and help the believer remember what has been taught. He promises peace and freedom from fear. He then further reminds them of His impending departure.

This passage is just part of the greater body of work by Christ as He prepares His followers for life after His time on earth. Everyone grew so very fond of Christ, and felt so extremely confident as He walked among them. However, Jesus let his disciples know that His absence would not mean the end of their confidence in life, for the presence of God was not going to be absent from the earth, for the Holy Spirit would be present in a glorious way. Just because the physical body of Christ would be ascended back to heaven, the presence of God would be apparent by the moving of the Holy Spirit among His believers. Embrace the Spirit and know that Christ is still present through His Spirit!

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