More Than A Comforter

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 But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. (AMP)

This is not one of the verses in (at least so far) Grace to You’s series, Frequently Abused Verses that we have been posting, but it very well could be.

Some seem to think that Jesus’ words here He will teach you all things, means just that emphatically, I need no one or nothing else. No formal education, no understanding of scripture just my bible and the Holy Spirit. 

First that is a very biblically unsound idea Jesus, the 12 Apostles, Paul and all the great theologians of the church have all been taught scripture by others with the Helper, the Holy Spirit of course as their guide.

Secondly context, context, context; Jesus is making a reference to what he has taught them, nothing more or less. The Holy Spirit is not there to help us teach us some new revelation, some hidden secret in the bible. His presence is to help us (those who truly worship Christ as Lord and Savior) to remember and understand His teaching that we may follow His example. 

The Holy Spirit our; Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) is such an amazing gift from God we need not true and abuse this gift but use it to His Glory.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged

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.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things – see the notes at John 14:16-17.

And bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. As the Son came in the Father’s name, so the Father was to send the Spirit in the Son’s name, with like divine authority and power-to do two great things. First, to “teach them all things,” and second, to “bring to remembrance all things whatsoever Christ had said to them.” So imperfectly did the apostles apprehend what Jesus said to them, that to have recalled it all to them merely as it fell on their ears from their Master’s lips would have left them the same half-instructed and bewildered, weak and timid men, as before-all unfit to evangelize the world either by their preaching or their writings. But the Spirit was to teach as well as to remind them-to reproduce the whole teaching of Christ, not as they understood it, but as He meant it to be understood. But does not the promise of the Spirit to “teach them all things” mean something more than “to bring all things to their remembrance?” This promise at least does not; because the sense plainly is, “He shall teach you, and bring to your remembrance all things whatsoever I have said unto you” – the teaching and the recalling relating to the same things, namely, all that Christ had said to them.

Thus have we here a double promise with reference to our Lord’s actual teaching-that through the agency of the Holy Spirit it should stand up before their minds, when He was gone from them in all its entireness, as at first uttered, and in all its vast significance as by Him intended. Before the close of this same discourse, our Lord announces an extension even of this great office of the Spirit. They were not able to take in all that He had to tell them, and He had accordingly withheld some things from them. But when the Spirit should come, on His departure to the Father, He should “guide them into all the truth,” filling up whatever was wanting to their complete apprehension of the mind of Christ. (See the notes at John 16:12-15.) On these great promises rests the CREDIBILITY, in the highest sens e of that term, OF THE GOSPEL HISTORY, and so, its DIVINE AUTHORITY.





Our Advocate

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My little children (believers, dear ones), I am writing you these things so that you will not sin and violate God’s law. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [who will intercede for us] with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous [the upright, the just One, who conforms to the Father’s will in every way—purpose, thought, and action]. – 1 John 2:1 AMP

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible also know as the Jamison, Fausset, Brown Commentary

1. ( 1 John 5:18 .)
My little children–The diminutive expresses the tender affection of an aged pastor and spiritual father. My own dear children, that is, these things–( 1 John 1:6-10 ). My purpose in writing what I have just written is not that you should abuse them as giving a license to sin but, on the contrary, “in order that ye may not sin at all” (the Greek aorist, implying the absence not only of the habit, but of single acts of sin [ALFORD]). In order to “walk in the light” ( 1 John 1:5 1 John 1:7 ), the first step is confession of sin ( 1 John 1:9 ), the next ( 1 John 2:1 ) is that we should forsake all sin. The divine purpose has for its aim, either to prevent the commission of, or to destroy sin [BENGEL].

And, &c.–connected with the former; Furthermore, “if any man sin,” let him, while loathing and condemning it, not fear to go at once to God, the Judge, confessing it, for “we have an Advocate with Him.” He is speaking of a BELIEVER’S occasional sins of infirmity through Satan’s fraud and malice. The use of “we” immediately afterwards implies that we all are liable to this, though not necessarily constrained to sin.

We have an advocate–Advocacy is God’s family blessing; other blessings He grants to good and bad alike, but justification, sanctification, continued intercession, and peace, He grants to His children alone.

AdvocateGreek,paraclete,” the same term as is applied to the Holy Ghost, as the “other Comforter”; showing the unity of the Second and Third Persons of the Trinity. Christ is the Intercessor for us above; and, in His absence, here below the Holy Ghost is the other Intercessor in us. Christ’s advocacy is inseparable from the Holy Spirit’s comfort and working in us, as the spirit of intercessory prayer.

Righteous–As our “advocate,” Christ is not a mere suppliant petitioner. He pleads for us on the ground of justice, or righteousness, as well as mercy. Though He can say nothing good of us, He can say much for us. It is His righteousness, or obedience to the law, and endurance of its full penalty for us, on which He grounds His claim for our acquittal. The sense therefore is, “in that He is righteous“; in contrast to our sin (“if any man sin“). The Father, by raising Him from the dead, and setting Him at His own right, has once for all accepted Christ’s claim for us. Therefore the accuser’s charges against God’s children are vain. “The righteousness of Christ stands on our side; for God’s righteousness is, in Jesus Christ, ours” [LUTHER].