Here’s something interesting. The verse above is from the New American Standard version; it translates the Greek word “paraclete” (which means the “Holy Spirit”) as the Helper. Compare this with other translations:
- The King James Version translates Helper as Comforter.
- The New International Version translates Helper as Counselor.
- The New English Version translates Helper as Advocate.
All four translations give us a more complete picture of the Holy Spirit. He is Helper, Advocate, Counselor, and Comforter.
- Helper = He empowers us with a “want to” to follow Christ in faith.
- Advocate = He reminds us that God is for us and loves us.
- Counselor = He is our teacher and guides us in how to understand and apply God’s Word to our everyday life. He gives us wisdom.
- Comforter = He is our greatest, most compassionate encourager in a time of need.
To know God – know Jesus in faith. To know Jesus is to receive a great gift – the gift of the Holy Spirit.