John 14:16 - "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;”
Or, the “Comforter”.
The original word is Paraclete, literally, “called to one’s side”, “comforter”.
The Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, He is to be to us all that Jesus was to His disciples.
“I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter.”
Notice, our Lord did not say “a” Comforter, not “the” Comforter”, but “another”.
Telling us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the first Paraclete, and the Holy Spirit is a second Paraclete occupying the same position as the living Jesus did.
They had Jesus with them, we have Holy Spirit with us!
He is our Paraclete, “called to my side”, “comforter”.
With Christ ascended, what would have become of these forgetful and fickle fishermen without another Paraclete?
Powerful preachers, leaders?
More likely they – and their eyewitness testimony – would have disappeared.
Any influence the Church has had, or is having, or that we Christians have comes from the abiding Presence of the Paraclete!
Thus we should treat the Holy Spirit as we would have treated our Lord had He been among us.
I was thinking this week: “Should you ever sing, “come Holy Spirit”?”
The disciples didn’t say “come Lord Jesus”.
That would have seemed silly – He was right there, they could see that.
Is the Holy Spirit any less here because my eyes do not see Him?
Hasn’t the Holy Spirit already come down from Heaven?
Romans 8:9 – “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 – “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.”
He has already come down from Heaven and has never gone back again!
At the airport we leave the Arrivals hall once the flight has arrived and our beloved has joined us.
Romans 5:5 – “… the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
We need not stand around waiting.
Since He's here, within -
Galatians 5:25 – “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”