06-09-2019 Sermon - What Is A Paraklete?


Jesus had promised his disciples that when he ascended into heaven he would send them another helper to be with them until the end of the age. This helper is none less than the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. And he was poured out upon the believers in a rather dramatic fashion on the Day of Pentecost. Some English translations use other words for "helper" to describe the Holy Spirit. For instance, some use the word "comforter", others "counselor", and still others "advocate". They are all good words which each shade part of the meaning of the Greek word being translated. That Greek word is, transliterated, "Paraklete". Literally, a Paraklete is "one called along side of". This morning we will discuss how the Holy Spirit is the second one sent from the heavenly Father to advocate for us. We will also talk a little of his particular role is advocating for us.