When you need wisdom and counsel, to whom do you turn? When Jesus walked the earth, he was the perfect counselor for his followers, a wonderful counselor. Because he is not physically with us now on earth, where do we find the best counsel? The Holy Spirit!
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands.
16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you. 21 The one who has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. And the one who loves me will be loved by my Father. I also will love him and will reveal myself to him.”
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it you’re going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.
25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful. 28 You have heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe. 30 I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me. 31 On the contrary, so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do as the Father commanded me. “Get up; let’s leave this place.
In John 14:15-31, Jesus tells us about the Holy Spirit. Here are six ways that the Holy Spirit is the counselor that we need.
- The Holy Spirit dwells within every believer. (v17)
- The Holy Spirit is with us forever. (v16)
- The Holy Spirit is our comforter, counselor, helper and protector. (v16)
- The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and our teacher. (vv17,26)
- The Holy Spirit leads us to obedience. Our obedience shows our love for Jesus. (vv15, 18-26)
- The Holy Spirit gives us peace. (vv27-31)