John 14:16 (AMP)
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby) that He may remain with you forever.”
In the first part of this chapter Jesus is telling them that He is leaving. He is concerned about the impact upon them because He would no longer be with them in body. They are struggling with His leaving and Thomas sums it up by saying, "We don't know where you are going." Jesus tells them that He is going to prepare a place for them and one day they will come and be with Him. Jesus then says to them, "I will not leave you without help, but I will send the Holy Spirit and He will be a comforter to you. He is one who virtually comes along side and assists.
The disciples were always following Jesus in his ministry. This new relationship with God through the Holy Spirit would be the Holy Spirit living within them. Jesus says the Holy Spirit will remain with you forever not only in this life, but in the life to come. The words are so descriptive. The Holy Spirit would be a helper. There is something awesome about someone who so knows you and cares for you as to help you with your tasks. The word intercessor is also used. An intercessor is one who takes his place between you and another. Could we ask for anything more when we would sense our need of having an intercessor working on behalf of our relationship with God? He is also an advocate. I believe that means He stands before the accuser of our brethren to silence him. An advocate is a lawyer of sorts on your behalf. The Amplified Bible also uses the word strengthener. We have a big task and it will not be accomplished in our own might, but through the strength of the Holy Spirit. I am also impressed with the word standby. I need to know I am not alone. I need to know that in whatever situation I find myself there is One who is close to me.
Verse 17 says that He is the spirit of truth. In that role as He indwells us He will lead us into all truth. That to me is very reassuring not only to know the truth, but to be assured of the certainty of the truths that we have built our lives upon. I know that I need not come to a day where I am second guessing my decisions to be committed to Christ and led of the Holy Spirit. It is so reassuring to know that He lives with us constantly as the word of God says and that He will not leave us as orphans, comfortless, desolate, grieved, forlorn, or helpless. There is something about His reassurance that makes me understand and know that no matter what has happened or is presently happening to me that the Holy Spirit indwelling me is enough. He will take me through with every reassurance that God can bring to me. I invite you to consider these things and allow the truth of it to change and transform you.