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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”—John 14:26 (NKJV)
I was blessed to have three years at home after my son was born, but circumstances changed. I accepted a job as a high school teacher and began searching for a caregiver. We received many references, but who would be the best at filling in for my husband and me in our absence? Who would nurture, teach, comfort, guide, and lavish Brian with love as we would?
By the grace of God, we found an ideal caregiver. Not only did she adhere to the training and character traits we were instilling in our son, but she complemented our rearing by teaching him how to cope and thrive in our absence. It reminded me of the Holy Spirit’s role in the life of a child of God.
Comparing the role of the Holy Spirit to our babysitter is woefully inadequate; however, our experience with our caregiver did help me understand the love the Father lavishes on us through the Holy Spirit. And today’s verse highlights that commitment.
The verse gives us a glimpse into a conversation between Jesus and His disciples regarding the Holy Spirit. Jesus called the Holy Spirit a helper. The Greek word for helper is parakletos (pä-rä'-klā-tos). Vine’s Expository Dictionary defines it as “a person summoned to one’s aid; an advisor, a mediator, or intercessor. In the widest sense, it signifies a comforter.”
In the same conversation, Jesus reassures the disciples by promising them that the Father will “give [them] another Helper, that He may abide with [them] forever” (John 14:16 NKJV). The word “another” here is allos, meaning another of the same kind. Essentially, the Holy Spirit embodies all the same attributes of God the Father and of Jesus Christ. He also represents truth, glorifies Jesus, and guides us in God’s will (John 16:13-14). Furthermore, it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that a believer can do what Jesus promised in John 14:12 (NKJV): “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” He completes and complements the Trinity in what He does and provides.
The Lord lavishes us with His best through the Holy Spirit. Until Christ’s return, He is in a constant state of comfort and care, helping us to cope and thrive. He is the perfect complement to Christ in the perfect keeping of His church.
DIG: Who is the Holy Spirit? Do a search of His names and titles to learn more.
DISCOVER: After learning about His roles and titles, how do you see them at work in your life? What is your relationship like with Him?
DISPLAY: Keep a journal of all the ways in which the Holy Spirit has helped you in your walk with the Lord and use it as a testimony of our Father’s faithfulness and love.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.