Bible Study – John 14
Who is the Counselor?
Just before Jesus died, rose again, and ascended into heaven, He told his disciples that he would be sending Someone else to be with them forever. In fact here is a paraphrase of Jesus very words just before He was arrested:
“I am about to die and go prepare a place in heaven for you. But don’t worry; I won’t leave you as orphans. In fact, I’m going to send someone like me, but better, and He will be with you forever. In fact, he will literally dwell in each one of you. He will be your Counselor forever and will do greater things through you than even I did with you. He will teach you truth and convict you of sin. He will remind you of everything I have taught you and give you a peace that will go beyond your understanding. He will make you more like me and continually bring me glory” (John 14-16—personal paraphrase).
Those must have been unbelievable words to hear for Jesus’ closest followers. Just think about these men who had just spent three years watching and witnessing the miraculous works that Jesus performed right before their very eyes. Now, he says it is your turn.
How in the world would this rag tag group of uneducated men be able to accomplish all this?
The Spirit of Truth
The Counselor—the Spirit of truth—would indwell each one of them and empower them to do far greater things than they would ever ask or imagine! The word Counselor literally means one who is called alongside to encourage, help, or stand on behalf of as in a legal advisor or advocate.
In other words, God Himself through the person of the Holy Spirit literally takes up residence in our lives and becomes our Counselor and comes alongside of us to encourage, advise, help, and defend.
Trust Your Caddy
Sometimes it is hard to think of the Holy Spirit in a personal and practical way, but perhaps this illustration will help. Every professional golfer has a great caddy who comes alongside their golfer and encourages, advises, helps, and defends. However, in order for the golfer to get the most out of his relationship with his caddy and tap into the resources that his caddy can provide, he must trust his caddy completely and respond to his advice. If there is no trust, the caddy will not be able to do his job fully.
In the same way, the Holy Spirit wants more than anything to come alongside each one of us and lead us, encourage us, advise us, defend us, and help us become the people God created us to be. Obviously, the Holy Spirit is God Himself living inside us and has a lot more power and resources than a caddy, but in order for that power and resource to be tapped into, we must fully trust Him with our lives and allow Him to do his job!
The Words of Jesus
Never for get the words of Jesus, recorded in John 14 :16-17 (NIV):
“And 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.”