“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
The uncompromising connection between love for Christ and obedience to Christ repeatedly recurs in John’s writings…The first entailment of the disciples’ love for Jesus is their obedience; the second is that Jesus will ask the Father to provide them another Counselor to be with them forever. [Carson, D.A. Pillar New Testament Commentary, pp.498-499]
“Advocate” – The Greek word translated to Advocate here is parakletos. It is also translated as Counselor, Comforter, or Helper.
“another” – The Greek word translated to another is allos and means another of the same kind… Jesus was comforting His disciples by assuring them they did not need to be troubled at his leaving because the Helper or Counselor he would send was just like him! There would be no loss in the exchange. So much are they the same that in Romans 8:9 the Apostle Paul calls the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of Christ.” [Hughes, R. That You May Believe, pp. 343-344]
Jesus’ promise has been fulfilled. The Spirit of Truth – the Spirit of Christ lives in us! This empowering presence of God enables us to love Him and obey His commands. This is who we are, so let us embrace this afresh today and pray for our lives and for our churches, that God would empower us more to believe and live obedient love.