COMFORTER KJV translation of the special word for the Holy Spirit in John 14-16 (in Greek parakletos. NAS translates, “Helper”; NIV, “Counselor”; NRSV, “Advocate.” The background of the Greek term lies in the law court where the Paraklete helped someone. The Holy Spirit is another “Helper” alongside Jesus for the believer. As Jesus helped disciples during His earthly ministry, so the Spirit helps them after the ascension as they face a hostile world. Meanwhile, Jesus is the Paraklete in the heavenly court (1 John 2:1). See Advocate; Holy Spirit.
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