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Holy Spirit as Counsellor

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The Holy Spirit is the one who comforts, advises and strengthens Christians, drawing them closer to Jesus Christ.

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The Holy Spirit is Counsellor in addition to Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is a Counsellor

One Greek word “Parakletos” underlies this phrase which is primarily a legal term. It can also bear the meaning “comforter”.

The Spirit is another Counsellor

The word “another” means “another of the same kind”. After the ascension, the Spirit is to assume the ministry of Jesus Christ.

The Counsellor is the gift of the exalted Christ

John 16:7 ESV
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
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The Counsellor comforts and reassures believers

; Peter is reassured about going to the house of Cornelius; Believers are reassured that they are God’s children.

The Counsellor strengthens and equips the church

Ephesians 3:16 ESV
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
See also The Jerusalem church is strengthened in the face of opposition; the church in Judea, Galilee and Samaria;

The Counsellor teaches and instructs believers

The Spirit reminds the disciples of Jesus Christ’s teaching

John 14:26 ESV
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 that I have said to you.
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The Spirit teaches the church further truth

John 16:13 ESV
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
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The Counsellor helps the church in its mission

The Spirit testifies to Jesus Christ and helps the church to do likewise

John 15:26–27 ESV
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
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The Spirit convicts the unbelieving world

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Examples of the Spirit’s help in witness and mission

Peter before the Sanhedrin; Paul in Corinth; Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

The Counsellor draws believers closer to Jesus Christ

Ephesians 3:16–17 ESV
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
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