"If you love me, then you will do the things I command. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him. Why? Because the world does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you, and he will live in you."
— John 14:15-17 NLT
It is so hard to adequately translate the term Jesus uses for the Holy Spirit in John 14. Translators make several different choices—helper, advocate, counselor, and comforter. Some coin a new word out of the original Greek word—Paraklete. How we translate the word is not nearly as important as our understanding of the Holy Spirit's presence in Jesus' disciples. The abiding presence of the Holy Spirit is one of the most crucial and distinguishing characteristics of a Christian. The world cannot recognize the Spirit's presence, much less receive the Holy Spirit's abiding presence. Christians, however, are given the Holy Spirit as a gift when they are saved. The Spirit makes them pure and holy and then lives inside them, making them God's holy temple. What's more, the Spirit's presence is lasting! He won't leave us!
Father and LORD, you are the holy and righteous God. Your majesty and might are incomparable. But, dear Father, I am a sinner. I have fallen short of your holy standards. I am not worthy to enter your presence. So I thank you today, knowing that your Spirit, my Comforter and Counselor, has purified me and now dwells inside me. By the power of your abiding presence, the Holy Spirit, transform me to be like Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Acts 2:38-39; 5:32
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.