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Paraclete – The Comforter December 7, 2010


“The noun parakletos is derived from the verb parakaleo, “call for,” “make an appeal,” “comfort,” or “counsel.” Such noun formations are normally understood in a passive sense, i.e., “one who is called for or summoned” (cf. Lat. advocatus in the Vulg. of 1 Jn. 2:1). In John’s Gospel the Paraclete is introduced precisely as one summoned, a messenger sent from the Father in answer to Jesus’ prayer (Jn. 14:16; cf. also v.26; 15:26; 16:7). These considerations tend to justify such translations as “Advocate,” “Helper,” or “Mediator.” But because parakaleo is an important verb in the NT, some scholars have argued that the verbal noun has an active sense: “one who appeals, counsels, or consoles”; hence the popular translations “Comforter” or “Counselor.”

Undoubtedly the Paraclete in John’s Gospel does carry out some functions that are aptly expressed by the verb parakaleo. Yet the Paraclete’s role is best understood not by sketching the range of meaning of parakaleo (which does not occur in the Johannine writings) but by noting the verbs actually used by John to describe what the Paraclete will do:

(1) In relation to Jesus’ disciples, the Paraclete will be with them forever (14:16f.) to teach and remind them of what Jesus has already taught (v. 26). “He” (the masculine article and pronoun indicate personality, not gender) will testify to them, and through them to the world, about Jesus (15:26f.). He will guide them into all the truth and will glorify Jesus by speaking what He hears from the Father. He will even predict things to come (16:13-15).
(2) In relation to the world, the Paraclete will act as God’s advocate, to convict the world of sin and prove it wrong in its standards of justice and judgment (16:8-11).

Geoffrey W. Bromiley, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: K-P
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (Jan. 1995), pg. 660

 

The Comforter January 17, 2009


Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The word “comforter” is translated from the word “Paraclete” (“Ho Parakletos” in Greek). Parakletos in Greek is interpreted as “an advocate”, one who pleads the cause of another, one who councils or advises another from deep concern for the other’s welfare  (Beacon Bible commentary volume VII, p.168). In these verses we are told that after Jesus departs, a Paraclete will one day come, will glorify Jesus, and will guide mankind into all truth. The main signs and characteristics of the Comforter are as follows:

i) The Comforter must abide with the believers forever (John 14:16).
This is only possible if the Comforter remains within each and
every human for the rest of the natural lives and beyond i.e., for
all eternity;

ii) The Comforter must testify on the behalf of Jesus (John 15:26).
This is only possible if the Comforter is human too i.e., meeting,
speaking, explaining in detail, as well as answering questions, in
languages humans can understand;

 

iii) The Comforter must bring all aspects of Jesus teachings to
remembrance
(John 14:26). Obviously they must concern unlocking
the deep secrets of Jesus’ parables, of which the Kingdom of God
within tops the list;

 

iv) The Comforter must reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment i.e., issue warnings of impending
judgment to a world full of sin and ungodliness (John 16:8);

 

v) The Comforter must at all times guide and speak the truth of
events that are coming
(John 16:13). Obviously the truth, directed
exclusively to a world of sin and ungodliness, has to be absolutely
unprecedented, radical and explosive;

vi) The Comforter must glorify Jesus and declare all that the
later wants delivered to humanity
(John 16:14). This task of
informing humans on a global scale requires many, many years to
accomplish;

 

vii) The Comforter -whom the Father will send in Jesus’ name, and
teach all things and remind humanity of everything Jesus has said-
will be the Holy Spirit
(John 14:26). Thus the personality
enlightening humanity of Jesus’ teachings will be both the
Comforter and Holy Spirit sent by God Almighty in Jesus’ name.

 
 

 
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