John 15 26 27 16 4b 15
Jesus’ farewell discourse in John 15:26-27 is filled with truth and the Spirit. The gospel of John is full of references to the spirit as light, joy, and friendship. This passage is a great resource for a sermon on the meaning of truth. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation gives a thorough explanation of the significance of the spirit in our lives. The passage also offers insights into the identity of the Holy Spirit as an advocate, a key role in our modern world.
The phrase “parakletos” appears five times in the New Testament. It refers to the Spirit and Jesus in John 2:1. It can also mean “a person called in” and is often used to describe a lawyer. It can also indicate a person who gives comfort or counsel. In any case, the word carries distinctive associations. The Greek word kairos means “a voice.” This description of the Holy Spirit can be used to suggest the importance of language in the Christian life.
While John’s announcement of Pentecost is amazing, it doesn’t seem to happen every day. After Jesus’ death, his disciples were huddled together for fear of the enemies that were threatening to kill them. Rather than the Spirit coming into the world to help people, the Spirit is the one who is bringing about reconciliation. This is the essence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit brings joy and peace.
In this passage, Jesus mentions persecution for his followers. These people are known as kosmos-people who are hateful of Jesus. They are the ones who are being accused of murder and other crimes, and they are being enraged because Jesus exposed them to light. He tells them that they are enraged and have no cause to hate him. This is not a typical situation for Christians, but it is one that is far from everyday.
Although the passage of John 15:26-27 is about the Spirit, the parakletos is an important concept in the Christian faith. The Parakletos is a person who brings comfort to others. In this passage, the Spirit is the source of all healing. It is the incarnation of God, and it was the first manifestation of God’s love for the world. When the Spirit is present, it is a sign of God’s power.
While the Trinity has been discussed in later creeds, the initial promise is a promise of God’s presence. The Spirit’s presence is an assurance of the divine presence. It is not the same as the incarnate Spirit. It is a person with two personalities and a personality. The Holy Spirit is the incarnation of the Father. He is the embodiment of the Son of God.