The Trinity Delusion An examination of the doctrine of the Trinity

The Truth About the Paraclete
(The Comforter, Counsellor, Helper)




In the Gospel of John, Jesus teaches his disciples about the Paraclete. The Greek word Parakletos has been variously translated as "Comforter," "Counsellor," "Helper," and "Advocate." The reason that so many different English words have been used to translate this Greek word is because we really don't have an English word that captures the whole sense of the Greek word Parakletos. The word carries the idea of someone alongside of us who comforts, consoles, helps, supports. A Paraclete is like a friend who is there for us. The word Parakletos comes from the Greek verb parakaleo which literally means "to call alongside." The noun form of parakaleo is paraklesis. These two words are translated as "to comfort" and "comfort" at 2 Corinthians 1:4.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all paraklesis, who parakaleo us in all our affliction so that we will be able to parakaleo those who are in any affliction with the paraklesis with which we ourselves are parakaleo by God.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all Comfort, who Comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to Comfort those who are in any affliction with the Comfort with which we ourselves are Comforted by God.

Notice in the above verses how Paul is saying the Father is the one who comforts us. Who does this occur?

When we read through Jesus' teaching in the Gospel of John, it is quite clear that the Paraclete is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. John also has something very interesting to say about the Paraclete.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Paraclete with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1.

In Trinitarian doctrine, Jesus is one and the Holy Spirit is another and they are two different persons. But John says that Jesus is our Paraclete, Jesus is the Holy Spirit of Truth.

If you love me you will keep my commands. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see ME, but you will see ME because I live, you will live also. John 14

The Risen Christ is the Paraclete who abides with the disciples and who will come to live in the disciples. He will not leave them as orphans; He will come to them. One of the main reasons that Trinitarians confuse themselves concerning this matter is that Jesus uses the word "another" in the following statement and so they suppose that Jesus is one and the Spirit is another.

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete that He may be with you forever.

But we must be much more careful when we read the Scriptures and not go off believing heresies due to reckless interpretations.

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

The Paraclete is "the Spirit of Truth." Jesus had just taught his discples that HE is the Truth. He also said HE is the Life and we know that the Spirit is what gives Life. He then said it was the Father in him who doing the works, the Spirit of the Father in him.

Jesus also taught his disciples that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Paraclete proceeds from the Father.

When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about me. And you will testify also, because you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26-27.

The Paraclete cannot come unless Jesus first goes away. But Jesus will then send the Paraclete to them.



Created: November 16, 2011

Last Update: November 16, 2011

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