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One should almost substitute "common sense" for
what Jesus meant by his use of the word paraclete!

Paraclete Passages from John
Updated: 01/04/2020

Subject note: Throughout these verses Jesus seems to consistently personify the "spirit', but did so because that was built into the paradigm and language that they used. To actually believe in a "Trinity" of God-beings based on this language is being ignorant and irresponsible.

John 14:15-24 "If you{pl} love me, you{pl} will keep MY directives. And I will ask the Father, and he will impress for you{pl} another Paraclete, to remain with you{pl} forever, even the Spirit of the love of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it neither contemplates him nor perceives him; but you{pl} perceive him, for he remains with you{pl}, and will be in you{pl}.

[Commentary] The word translated directives above means instructions to help the understanding of what to do, or directions to follow to get to where you want to go, and does NOT mean commandments as we think of them today. A paraclete was a person like an attorney for the defense with whom you could feel secure and not be conned or falsely convicted, an advocate of significant experience who can serve as a protector, or like a special forces older brother, one with whom you feel safe with from being attacked or mugged. When he personifies this spirit Jesus is NOT implying that he was referring to a person. He personified wisdom, evil, etc., because this was the way they talked back then, partly because of their paradigm of thinking that demons–good and bad–controlled the actions of men. It is the "God attitude" and the attitude of loving and seeking the truth that keeps us from being deceived, led astray or falsely self-convicted. One could almost substitute "common sense" in order to countermand the false conviction of personhood prevailing religions

John 14:25-31 "These things I have spoken to you{pl}, while abiding with you{pl}. But the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will inaugurate on my authority, that one will teach you{pl} all things, and remind you{pl} of all that I said to you{pl}.

[Commentary] "Teach you all things" (that we want to know). What a promise!

John 15:26,27 "But when the Paraclete comes, whom I will put forth to you{pl} from the Father, even the spirit of loving the truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about ME; and you{pl} also witness, because you{pl} have been with me from the beginning."

[Commentary] The spirit is not something tangible nor an entity that can be "sent", but is an attitude that can be engendered or initiated in us. The spirit of loving the truth will enable us to see that Jesus is the only voice in the world offering the total package of human needs and desires, the only voice offering the total solution and the final resolution.

John 16:7-11 "Nevertheless I tell you{pl} the truth: it is to your advantage that I should go away, for if I don't go away, the Paraclete will not come to you{pl}; but if I go, I will dispatch him to come to you{pl}. Upon coming that one will put the proof to the world about sin and about reasonableness and about judgment: about sin, because they do not choose what they believe within me; about reasonableness, because I go to the Father, and you{pl} no longer see me; about judgment, because the dominant theme of this world has been judged.

[Commentary] The disciples were so taken with Jesus and so dependent upon him, that had he remained he would have been their focus and their weakness. Further ministry to them would have reinforced their conviction of inferiority and prevented them from growing spiritually. Understanding the message of Jesus eliminates sin, and his going away and back to the father was the most reasonable thing to do in this context because it fostered them to think for themselves and focus on the issues. These verses are some of the most enigmatic to Christendom, yet Jesus is actually explaining his meaning in the passage.

John 16:12-15 "I have yet many things to say to you{pl}, but you{pl} are not able to handle them now. When that one comes, the spirit of loving the truth, that one will lead you{pl} into all the truth; for he will not address on his own, but as to whatever he hears he will address, and the future things he will portray to you{pl}. That one will glorify me, for he will receive and declare to you{pl} from what is mine. All things which the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he will receive and declare to you{pl} from what is mine."

[Commentary] So many times in Christian thinking the first sentence of this passage is interpreted in a negative or misguided and false way, a way that helps defend the idea that later apostles and Bible authors further elucidate the message of Jesus for us. This is utterly backwards! The "many things to say to you" are GOOD and WONDERFUL things to which we we are not open, good things that the old paradigm and religions preclude.
    The phrase "for he will not speak from himself, but whatever he hears he will speak" is enigmatic and is retranslated above. The following verse indicates that the true Spirit of God will focus on the meaning of the life and message of Jesus and not on other or more irrelevant,  mundane or random issues. Thus the part "he will not address on his own, but to whatever he is exposed he will address" is the normal way of our being independent where our minds usually address the issues as they come. The "spirit" is not some God-person that enters us and controls or leads us around by driving us.

"That one will lead you into all the truth." What a promise!

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