SPIRIT OF THE SAVIOR

Jn.14:16,17 – And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you.

The Holy Spirit is the most mysterious member of the Trinity. His whole mission is to put Jesus and His work forward. Everything He does brings glory to Jesus. The word translated in this verse Savior is actually the Greek word parakletos. It is a beautiful Bible word with various shades of meaning. The KJV uses the word Comforter and the NKJ uses the word Helper. There is not a word that can describe this beautiful person and His beautiful work. When He comes into our lives His work begins. We leave behind the misery of our past and take up this new life empowered by the Holy Spirit. Here are some powerful comments on this verse from the Passion Notes.

“The Greek word used here is paráklētos, a technical word that could be translated “defense attorney.” It means “one called to stand next to you as a helper.” Various translations have rendered this “Counselor,” “Comforter,” “Advocate,” “Encourager,” “Intercessor,” or “Helper.” However none of these words alone are adequate and fall short in explaining the full meaning. The translator has chosen the word Savior, for it depicts the role of the Holy Spirit to protect, defend, and save us from our self and our enemies and keep us whole and healed. He is the One who guides and defends, comforts and consoles. Keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, our Savior. The Aramaic word is paraqleta, which is taken from two root words: (1) praq, “to end, finish, or to save,” and (2) lyta, which means “the curse.” What a beautiful word picture, the Holy Spirit comes to end the work of the curse (of sin) in our lives and to save us from its every effect! Paraqleta means “a redeemer who ends the curse.”

The Holy Spirit begins this new life of blessing inside of us. He breaks the chains of sin, addiction, and strife and begins to fill us with His new life. The most amazing part of this new life to me is His ability to change the way we live our lives. He does what no one else can do; He gives us a new heart, a new will, and a love for spiritual things. Because of the Holy Spirit Christ becomes the passion of our hearts.

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