Our Helper

 
God’s relationship with His people progressed from being with them (God) to being among them (Jesus) to finally being in them (Holy Spirit).
 
As followers of Christ, our helper is right in each of us — always. The prophets foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit would dwell within each believer (See Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 36:26-27).
 
This prophetic thread was continued by John the Baptist as we was preaching in the wilderness and preparing the way for Christ, the Messiah. See Mark 1:7-8.
 
Throughout Jesus’ public ministry, He spoke of the coming of our Helper, the Holy Spirit. See Luke 11:11-13; John 7:37-39.
 

Our Helper Within Us (John 14:15-17)

 
Jesus prepared his followers for his physical absence by telling them that they would experience his presence more fully and intimately because the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, would dwell in them.
 
The expression another advocate means “another advocate of the same kind as the first.” This implies that Jesus was the first Advocate, and that the Spirit would be the same kind of Advocate. See 1 John 2:1; Romans 8:26. The Son and the Spirit are both Advocates of our cause and Intercessors for us.
 
Right now, imagine what it would be like to have Christ standing beside you in the flesh, functioning as your personal Advocate. That sounds amazing and none of us could deny the benefit of having Jesus here physically, guiding and enabling us every step of the way. Jesus was basically saying: Our Helper within us would be better than Jesus beside us. See John 16:7.
 
When Jesus would no longer be with the disciples physically, the Holy Spirit would be their constant companion to guide, help, and empower them for the tasks ahead.
 

The Holy Spirit is our Helper within us helping us to live our lives according to God’s plan and purpose.

 
“And be with you forever”…The promised Helper was given in a permanent sense. He lives within the believer forever. His permanent residence within our live will enable us to live a righteous and holy life before God AND serve His kingdom mission here on this earth.
 
The Holy Spirit dwells in us always as a constant and permanent Helper.
 
See John 14:18-20. Our Heavenly Father has no orphans! You are not alone. If you are in Christ, you are united in the divine family with God the Father and God the Son through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
 

Our Helper Teaches Us (John 14:25-26)

 
The Father will send the Holy Spirit to remind them of all that Jesus has said and help them understand the full meaning of his teaching. The Spirit would continue the ministry of teaching as Jesus had previously done.
 

The Holy Spirit will teach us all things, remind us of the things Jesus said, and help us apply them to our lives.

 

Our Helper Makes Jesus Known (John 15:26-27; John 16:12-15)

 
“And you must also testify”, which would be a work that is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. See Matthew 10:19-20.
 
This help from the Holy Spirit to testify about Jesus would also be critical in maintaining the authority, accuracy, and integrity of the gospel accounts of Jesus (the Gospels)
 

The Holy Spirit makes Jesus known to us and helps us make Him known to others.

 
 

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