Our other Discipler

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John 14:15-17

Joh 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands.

Joh 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Discipler to be with you permanently:

Joh 14:17 The Spirit of truth, who the world is unable to take, because it cannot experience him or get to know him. But you are getting to know him, because he stays with you and will be in you.

Our other Discipler

I chose the word Discipler for παράκλητος because the Holy Spirit’s role after the ascension of Christ is to do all the things Jesus had done for his disciples. It is also significant that John used the word ἄλλος for “another” instead of ἕτερος. It emphasizes the sameness of the two disciplers, rather than the difference. We have the same opportunities that the original disciples had, because we have another Discipler among us.

The Discipler that Jesus asked the Father to give us is with us from now on. Jesus emphasized that fact by using the phrase εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα in verse 16, which I translate with the adverb “permanently.” He further emphasizes it with the phrase παρ᾽ ὑμῖν μένει in verse 17 – “he stays with you.” I cannot help but believe that Jesus said these things because there would always be those who would teach that the current generation does not have the Holy Spirit in the same way the original apostles did. I cannot reconcile that teaching with Jesus’ promises here.

Lord, thank you for our other Discipler, The Holy Spirit.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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