Amy and I watch a TV show called ‘Suits’ which is about lawyers. What I find fascinating is how good these lawyers are at speaking on behalf of their clients and fighting their cause. These lawyers are great advocates for their clients. When I think about the Christian life, we’re called to be witnesses for Christ. But how can I be a witness? What would I say to speak on the behalf of Jesus? We have an Advocate from on high to help us.
Depending on the translation you’re using, the Holy Spirit in John 15:26 is referred to as Counselor (NIV 1984), Advocate (NIV 2011) and Helper (NASB). The Holy Spirit isn’t a counsellor in therapy but is like a legal counsel. He is our advocate who can empower us to know the truth of Jesus and declare this truth to others. In John 16, Jesus shares with his disciples that he wants them to know this so that they don’t fall away - as they will form the early church and will suffer greatly for Jesus. The Holy Spirit will help speak on their behalf, and will be upon them, as they witness for God.
Though I myself am not a good advocate for Jesus, yet Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit, our wonderful counsellor, advocate and helper to be with us. Therefore I have confidence, because of God.
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26-27.