Oct 19 2012

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What Jesus says about Holy Spirit

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Holy Spirit, the Person




John 14–16 is one teaching where Jesus talks 4 times about the Holy Spirit. He said more about Holy Spirit here than all the other Gospels together.



Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit; He promises us another Helper.

John 14:15-21 (ESV) – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

Paraclete (Greek)

  • Jesus referred to Holy Spirit as paraclete (means any person who helps another).
  • A lawyer is referred to as  a paraclete. Part of Holy Spirit’s work resembles that of a defence attorney (Acts 16:5-16).
  • A person who gives comfort, good advice, wise instruction or moral support of any kind.
  • Jesus spoke of Holy Spirit as ANOTHER paraclete, another Helper, (John 14:16) which means that Jesus had been a paraclete for His disciples. When Jesus returned to His Father, the help and guidance that He had provided for His disciples were and is provided by Holy Spirit until the return of Jesus Christ.



Jesus explains that Holy Spirit will teach us everything and remind us of Him, Jesus Chirst.

John 14:25-26 (ESV) – “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

From Father

Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus from the Father. Holy Spirit witnesses about Jesus Christ.

John 15:26-27 (ESV) – “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.


Work of Spirit


John 16:1-16

Jesus tells His disciples that it is to our advantage that Jesus is going to His Father’s house, because Holy Spirit cannot come to us if Jesus did not go.

John 16:7 (ESV) – Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.


Holy Spirit convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment.

John 16:7-10 (ESV) – And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;  concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.


Holy Spirit convicts man of sin. The first example is in Acts 2:36-37 where 3000 people repented and was saved in one day. We cannot convict people of sin; we can only be an instrument Holy Spirit uses.

What sin are we talking about? It is the sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ. An unbeliever does not think not believing in Jesus Christ is sin. However, the sin of unbelief shows the rebellion in our hearts against Jesus Christ our Saviour, against the full price Jesus paid on the cross for our sins.


Righteousness in the world is to place other people that do good next to the name of Jesus Christ. Works is not what saves us; only Jesus Christ can save us, not righteousness or to be more exact, self-righteousness.


John 16:11 tell us that the prince of the world has been judged. When Jesus died on the cross and rose on the third die, Satan was defeated. Holy Spirit opens our eyes and then as believers we believe in judgment.


Holy Spirit is Spirit of Truth. He will guide us in all truth and as He teaches us we learn about truth.

John 16:13 (ESV)- When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.


Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus.

John 16:14-15 (ESV) – He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.


Ministry of Holy Spirit is eternal.

Jesus Christ sent Holy Spirit from the Father. Therefore Jesus and the Father will be present with the disciples also (John 14:20, 23)



What about the believers in the New Testament and Holy Spirit? What kind of relationship did they have?


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Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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    After you pray to the Lord always praise His holy name at the close of your prayer. This is something you have to do but you can have others to lay hands on you to help you receive his spirit.
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Danyy Gayle, thanks for your comment.

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