JUST LIKE JESUS

Jn. 14:26 – I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

I love to look at Bible words. This verse contains a classic example of looking at shades of meaning in the original Greek New Testament. In this passage Jesus is teaching His disciples about the coming ministry of the Holy Spirit. The disciples were overwhelmed that this would be their last night with Jesus; they couldn’t comprehend ministry, or even life for that matter, without Him. He was encouraging them by telling them that this is why He came, He came to die for man’s sins so that they too could experience the intimacy and power of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. This phrase, allos Paracletos, just about says it all. Allos is a particular kind of another. It means another the same as the former. Jesus was saying the Holy Spirit would be just like Him. Here is how Dick Mills defines allos.

“another, allos (al-loss); Strong’s #243: One besides, another of the same kind. The word shows similarities but diversities of operation and ministries. Jesus’ use of allos for sending another Comforter equals “one besides Me and in addition to Me but one just like Me. He will do in My absence what I would do if I were physically present with you.” The Spirit’s coming assures continuity with what Jesus did and taught.”

Then Jesus used the word Paracletos. We translate it comforter, Counselor, advocate. Helper, Intercessor; it actually means all of that. Here is how Brother Mills defines Paracletos.

“Helper, parakletos (par-ak-lay-toss); Strong’s #3875: From para, “beside,” and kaleo, “to call,” hence, called to one’s side. The word signifies an intercessor, comforter, helper, advocate, counselor. In nonbiblical literature parakletos had the technical meaning of an attorney who appears in court in another’s behalf. The Holy Spirit leads believers to a greater apprehension of gospel truths. In addition to general help and guidance, He gives the strength to endure the hostility of the world system.”

So you put that phrase together and you have dynamite. The Holy Spirit is another Helper exactly like Jesus. The significant difference is this; the disciples were really observers to the ministry of Jesus. They would now become participants. Jesus was saying the Holy Spirit would come upon them and give them a supernatural ministry like He had. That same power and intimacy is available now. Draw near to the Lord and you too will be baptized in the Spirit.

SUPERNATURAL HELP

And I will ask the Father, land he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 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.
Jn.14:16,17

The night before Jesus was killed, He spent the evening with His disciples, telling them about the season of the Holy Spirit that was about to begin. “I will not leave you as orphans”, He said, “I will send the Helper to be with you”. The phrase Jesus used was actually allos paracletos, which means another helper exactly like Him. The disciples had no idea of the magnitude of His promise, but they were certainly about to find out. After about fifty days, the Holy Spirit came upon the followers of Jesus, nothing could ever be the same after that.
What kind of help did the Holy Spirit offer? His help is limitless and effects every area of our lives. Here are some of the ways He helps us today. In Acts 11:18, He gives us the ability to repent, to change our lives. In Romans 8:26, 27, He enables us to pray supernatural prayers. He helps us to worship, in John 4:23,24, we see the Spirit and His involvement in true worship. The Spirit also equips us to testify, in Acts 1:8 He is said to empower us to be witnesses of His work. He is also involved with our spiritual understanding, in John 16:13 we see Him leading us into all truth. Concerning addictions, habits, and fleshly weaknesses, the Holy Spirit joins together with us to overcome all of our struggles in this carnal arena. Paul describes this help quite graphically in Romans 8:26. As far as ministry is concerned, He is the supernatural power of God distributing His gifts for the purpose of ministry and outreach. Just as in the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit will help us reach our world by equipping us with the power of signs, wonders, and miracles.
What kind of help do you need today? The Helper has come, His power is unlimited, and His love is immeasurable. If you are sick, He is the Healer, if you are lost, He is the Savior, if you feel weak and powerless, He is the mighty power of God available to you today. How can you receive His help? That part is simple, call upon the name of Jesus. He promised, that when you call He will answer and all that call upon His Name will be saved.

HELP

John 14:26
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

Have you ever needed help? I have, all kinds of help. We needed help when we were born, we couldn’t do anything. We needed help in school, and as teenagers, we needed all kinds of help, we just didn’t realize it. We needed help getting started as adults, we needed help in our marriages and raising our children. We really needed help after Katrina, we were in need of lots of help for a very long time. Let’s face it, we are very needy people.
All of us have needed the Lord’s help all of our lives, like immature adolescents, we avoided God at all costs. “We have everything handled”, we silently muttered, at least we thought we had it handled. Then, inevitably, the bottom fell out of our lives. The day had finally come when we saw we needed help. We became painfully aware of our greatest need, we are sinners in need of a Savior. In that moment, He came to our rescue. As soon as we turned toward Him, He was already there, ready to move on our behalf. After all Jesus called this unseen person the Helper. He is always there, always ready to show Himself as the Helper in our lives.
What kind of help do you need? He is the Counselor, to those who need guidance. He is the Great Physician to those who need healing. He is the source of all things for those suffering financial lack. He is the greatest of all friends to those who are lonely. He is the faithful High Priest when we need forgiveness. He is Unspeakable Joy to those imprisoned with depression. He is the Opener of prison doors to those captive to alcohol or substance abuse. For those caught in the world of lust and immorality, He has mercy and freedom in His touch.
He is the Helper and there is no problem too big, no sin too dark, no chain to strong that He is not able to overcome in your life. The term Jesus used in greek for Helper is Paracletos, one called alongside to help. When does He come?; when He hears someone calling. Today, I think He heard your cry. He will come Himself to bring His supernatural help into your life.

COUNSELOR

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.

John 14:16

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.

COUNSELOR

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
John 14:16
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.

ALLOS PARACLETOS

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever – The Spirit (of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you ]constantly] and will he in you (John 14:16-17 AMP). 

In this Scripture, Jesus was talking to His disciples the night before He went to the cross. At that point, they had not received the Holy Spirit because Jesus had not yet died and risen. Their sins had not yet been washed away. The anointing of God was upon them as they went out and ministered; yet Jesus said there was coming a day when the Holy Spirit was going to be in them. That is the day we live in now, a day that began when Jesus rose from the dead. This day was  fulfilled at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the people in the Upper Room and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke with other tongues. The above verses are from the Amplified Bible. The Amplified Bible takes the Greek New Testament and describes the different meanings in a particular word. Such is the case with the phrase “Another Comforter.” There are two Greek words for “another.” One of the Greek words, hetereos, means “another, but different.” It’s like saying: Here’s a book and here’s another book. There are two books yet they are different. Jesus said “Another Comforter,” referring to the second definition of another, which is in the Greek, allos, meaning “another,” but exactly the same as the first. For example, consider two envelopes. Here’s one envelope and here’s another envelope identical to the first one. Jesus said He was sending “Another” one just like Himself. The Holy Spirit is exactly like Jesus. The things Jesus did, the Holy Spirit is  also doing right now. Jesus healed the sick and suffering in His earthly ministry. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is healing the sick and suffering today. The Holy Spirit is working all over the  modern world. He is bringing people to Christ, healing the sick, and delivering the oppressed. The good news is that the age of miracles is not over. The Holy Spirit is real, He is our Helper. The things Jesus did while on earth, the Holy Spirit is doing today.

THY GOOD SPIRIT

Neh. 9:20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.

Everything about the Holy Spirit is good. He is the goodness of Almighty God in action. He is the Father’s love, power, guidance, instruction, and purity. He is all of this and more, He is a distinct person, a member of the incredible Trinity. Having access to Him is the greatest privilege anyone can fathom. People try to get close to famous humans, even an autograph can be quite valuable. The Holy Spirit is the most awesome person and his has come to make His home with me and in me. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon about the wonderful Holy Spirit.

“Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude. He deserves well at our hands, for he is good, supremely good. As God, he is good essentially. He shares in the threefold ascription of Holy, holy, holy, which ascends to the Triune Jehovah. He is good benevolently, tenderly bearing with our waywardness, striving with our rebellious wills; quickening us from our death in sin, and then training us for the skies as a loving nurse fosters her child. How generous, forgiving, and tender is this patient Spirit of God. He is good operatively. All his works are good in the most eminent degree: he suggests good thoughts, prompts good actions, reveals good truths, applies good promises, assists in good attainments, and leads to good results. He is good officially; whether as Comforter, Instructor, Guide, Sanctifier, Quickener, or Intercessor, he fulfills his office well, and each work is fraught with the highest good to the church of God.”

Once we yield to the Lord we actually begin to take on His goodness. We begin to live under the influence of His goodness and our life and lifestyle change. We come under His power and we begin to receive goodness. His goodness provides our daily bread and brings health to our bodies . In this dark and foreboding world the church needs the goodness of the Holy Spirit more than ever. I believe (and predict) there will be another great swing back to the person of the Holy Spirit in the very near future. I think our world is becoming painfully aware of its need for the power of His presence.

ALLOS PARACLETOS

John 14:15-17 Amp. If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever— The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.

This a classic verse from the Amplified Bible. This translation brings out the different shades of meaning in the powerful Bible word paracletos. The Amplified Bible uses seven different words to help define and describe this beautiful word that gives us a glimpse into the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
The first word that is used is the classic word, Comforter, that is used in the King James Bible. This has always been a beloved title and description of the precious Holy Spirit. He is the Comforter and comforts us in the midst of our troubles. There is nothing quite like the love of God coming upon us in our difficult days. He truly comforts us with supernatural comfort to sustain us in our darkest of times. Secondly, He is called Counsellor. The Spirit of God does give us wisdom and counsel when we have no idea how to proceed. Not only does He give us the information we need, He is truly a counsellor. His words are filled with therapy. Often, thousands of dollars are spent for professional counsel which can often bring great benefit. The counsel of the Holy Spirit is even greater than the counsel of a trained professional. His counsel is filled with supernatural life that brings healing to our soul. He is also called Helper. This is one of my favorite descriptions of the precious Holy Spirit. He helps us in all of our weaknesses. His help is so personal and so powerful because He works on the inside of us. Paul said that He helps us through groanings and sighs as we yield to the Spirit in prayer. What kind of help do you need today? Yield to the Spirit as you pray, suddenly He will join together with you to help you overcome all of your challenges. He is our Helper, always present, always ready to help us.

THE COMFORT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter” John 14:16

I think we all can agree that there is a lot of people in the world that are suffering. Be it suffering in their body, the loss of a loved one, living in extreme poverty or being persecuted for righteousness sake, pain hits everyone. I believe when Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless, but send another Helper that He really meant it. The question is have we allowed the Holy Spirit to take this burden and carry us through? After all He is the universal Helper that is called by our side to help us in all of our emergencies in our life and work. He will take us to the other side of the storm! The Holy Spirit’s ultimate purpose is to carry out the “pledge to the believer” to deliver us from sin, to purify our hearts, and infuse holiness of the highest kind so much that He seals, anoints, leads, intercedes for us while being the unction and the witness! We really don’t realize how valuable He is in our Christian walk! Above all else he loves to comfort us in all our tribulations for He becomes the “will and the do”.
C.R. Vaughan says, “The promises of the covenant cover all the emergencies in the career of a saint. There are pledges of grace for life and for death, for the time of joy and the time of sorrow, for supplies suited to the day, for guidance for control, for needed aid, for every contingency. The Spirit comforts us by unveiling the love of the Son, that infinite and unwasting fountain. The Spirit teaches us about the love of the Father. All our dark and troubled apprehensions of him as the offended King and Lawgiver and Disposer of events, give way to the loving confidence whereby we are able to say ABBA FATHER! The Spirit teaches us that He delights in his work, his infinite sweet complacency in holding up the fort. He delights to be trusted, He delights to be appealed to, He delights to put forth his mighty hand when the cry of the tried soul comes up to Him for help, He delights to infuse His might into the weak human arm and enable it to drive the evil back. Who can measure the unsearchable riches of the love of the Spirit?”
We can either button up “our spiritual overcoat” so to speak and forge on relying on our own abilities, or we can begin to understand the office of the Holy Spirit. He can cause the breakthrough that you have been seeking. He can fight your battles as you through the Spirit see that He shall be in you! You are not alone and He understands what you are facing. There is enough anger, hurt, and misunderstanding in this world to fill all the oceans. Why not let the Holy Spirit do His thing?