And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
Have you ever needed counseling? Sometimes you just don’t know what to do, what steps to make, or who to turn to. The natural man is limited. He has only natural resources at his disposal, sometimes that is simply not good enough. The decisions we make often times effect ourselves as well as many others, often for a very long time. That’s why counsel is essential. That is one of the primary roles of the Holy Spirit. He has everything of God at His disposal; He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. His eternal nature puts Him outside the limits of time. His omnipotence says all powerful, His omniscience gives Him all information. His omnipresence removes any secrets, He is everywhere. Here is how Luther describes our Counselor.
“It’s correct to say that the Holy Spirit is our Counselor, because that’s what he does and is supposed to do. Right now, I don’t want to debate about his divine being or substance. Christ indicates here that the Spirit is a distinct person—the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. But in John 15, we also see that the Spirit is God—the Holy Spirit is one in essence with the Father and the Son. For now, it’s enough to learn that he is called a counselor for us. Whoever understands what it means for the Spirit to be our Counselor will have already won the battle. That person will find nothing but pure comfort and joy in heaven and on earth. Because the Father is the one who sends him to help us, and because Christ is the one who asks him to do so, this sending is certainly not done out of anger. Instead, it flows from a fatherly, heartfelt love. So Christians should remind themselves of this name for the Holy Spirit. He is a counselor, and we are the troubled and timid ones whom he helps.”
So what kind of counsel do you need? There is no human counselor that can help some of the tight spots we find ourselves in. Where can I meet this God Counselor? He speaks to us from His written word. Remember, that book is alive, active, and sharper than a two edged sword. Today, He has every answer you need. You can trust Him and lean powerfully on His word.