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Why did Jesus call the Holy Spirit the "Advocate/Comforter/Counselor"? (John 14:16, 26)

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 14:16

ESV - 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.

Clarify Share Report Asked May 30 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The Holy Spirit is called the Advocate (John 14:16) because He pleads or intercedes with God the Father on behalf of believers (since the Holy Spirit indwells them) with respect to the granting of mercy and forgiveness of sin by God. (As Paul noted in Romans 8:26, the Holy Spirit's intercession takes the form of "groanings too deep for words".) 

The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter (John 14:26) because His presence within believers is designed to comfort them in light of the fact that Christ is no longer visibly, physically present among them, and to remind them of the salvation and eternal life that Christ gained for them.

The Holy Spirit is called the Counselor because He reminds believers of Christ's teachings, and inspires them with words and guidance from God for occasions when they are called on to give a witness or account of their faith (Matthew 10:19-20).

May 30 2020 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Data Danny Hickman Believer in The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
He calls Him who He is, and He calls Him what He does. A prophet is called a prophet because he prophesies. A painter is called a painter because he paints. A painter might play basketball with his son, but he's still called a painter, not a basketball player. A prophet might work as a tent maker, but he's still called a prophet. 

John the Baptist was a prophet, but he wasn't called John the Prophet, but was called John the Baptist. Was his prophesying of less importance than his baptizing? I think not. He actually downplayed his baptism when he made this statement: "I baptize you with water, but one mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to loose, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Lk 3:16). In saying this, John points out the supremacy of Jesus' ministry and Jesus' baptism. Maybe he should be called, 'John the Baptizing Prophet.' 

Isaiah 9:6 is prophesy of a better day to come for God's people. "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

I've heard two of those titles combined into one, (in certain newer translations) and the outcome was His name is "Wonderful Counselor." It's true that He is, but Isaiah meant that He would be known as a counselor and as being wonderful in a broader sense than just as a counselor. He is a wonderful provider, healer, friend, and most importantly, a wonderful Father. 

A father is a creator, an original individual. The Son that is prophesied by Isaiah to be born to the children of Israel, is said to be the Eternal Father and the Prince of Peace. 

Who is it, other than Jesus, that has ever been called the father and the prince? Isaiah says He's the King AND the Prince. 

When Jesus says He will send the Advocate, the Comforter and the Counselor, He summarizes by saying 'I won't leave you as orphans, I will come to you (John 14:18). 

He calls Him what He is and what He does. He then clarifies it by saying in essence, "I am He, We're the same." He says the Father will send Him in My name.Then He says, "I will come to you."

September 18 2020 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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