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John 14:16, (DRB):

And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever.

The question is so simple:

Was Jesus a Paraclete?

I mean, is a Paraclete, one of the functions of the second person of the Holy Trinity?

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Jesus is described in Hebrews 7:22 as εγγυος :

κατα τοσουτον κρειττονος διαθηκης γεγονεν εγγυος ιησους [Hebrews 7:22 TR]

By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. [KJV]

by so much of a better covenant hath Jesus become surety, [YLT]

ἐγγὺς Strong 1451 occurs many times in the New Testament but only in this place do the KJV and YLT translate the word 'surety'. Others call it 'guarantor'. Everywhere else it is 'near' or 'nigh at hand'.

The word used in Hebrews 7:22 (εγγυος) is, however, slightly different from ἐγγὺς, and is the only time it appears in scripture. But it is simply the personification (with the masculine ending) of the concept ἐγγὺς - near or nigh at hand.

I wouldn't like to go further and try, myself, to translate εγγυος. I can only point to the underlying concept and its obvious relevance to the question at hand.

Thus the word expresses similar to Paraklete - one drawn near.

Jesus is come nigh in covenant. He is also the Messenger of the Covenant (see Mark 1:1 and Malachi 3:1.

So, a resounding 'Yes' to the question.

Jesus is also a 'comforter'.


If anything, this word εγγυος is an expression of an even closer union than Paraklete. It is the very expression of nearness. It is nearness personified.

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren [Hebrews 2:17, KJV]

Then another is 'called beside' as well.

EDIT Note : Some give this text the meaning of 'Covenant Head'.

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The short answer is, "YES" based on both the implied and explicit word of God. But first the word παράκλητος (paraklétos) occurs just five times in the NT: John 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:7, 1 John 2:1. All of these are in the writings of John and all refer to the Holy Spirit except the last.

Implied:

John 14:16 - Jesus would send another, ἄλλος (allos = different but of a similar kind), comforter/advocate suggesting Jesus was also a comforter/advocate.

Explicit:

1 John 2:1 - My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate (παράκλητος, paraklétos) before the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

This last reference is further strengthened by Paul when he writes to Timothy but uses a related word as follows:

1 Tim 2:5 - For there is one God, and there is one mediator (μεσίτης, mesités = a go-between, very similar to an advocate) between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. See also Heb 8:6, 9:15, 12:24.

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1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate (paraclete) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Jesus told the disciples he would send a helper and that they would see HIM (Jesus) again - after he has risen to the Father, he would return in spirit.

John 16:16 A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me. 17 Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’

No mention of the spirit in these passages - the spirit is the means for Jesus and the Father to dwell in us.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

Jesus IS the Paraclete!

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Not only is Jesus the paraclete or comforter, he is the original comforter.

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth. John 14:16

As Jesus is the one speaking, he is sending another. Who is the first? Jesus.

A paraclete is spoken of in 2 Cor 1 TEN times and refers to God. He comforts through Jesus v5. Again, no mention of the spirit from Paul as he expresses that it is God - through Christ, that our comfort will come. As Jesus does northing of himself, what he does do, is God through him. Jesus is the comforter by the power, love and wisdom of God through him.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

Now when Jesus goes away to the Father, he remains with them as the comforter through the spirit which comes from the Father through Jesus.

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  • "that he may abide with you forever". He (3rd person singular) referring to the "another helper", the spirit of truth. Not it...he. – Mike Borden Jan 29 at 13:14
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Jesus, in his role as the only-begotten "Son of God" ( not the supposed 2nd Person of a mystical Holy Trinity) was most definitely functioning as a "paraclete", helper, comforter, to his disciples. However, as Jesus was no longer going to be present with his disciples, being called away to the heavens and God, his spirit (pneuma), active force - we should not be presupposing personality here (the definite article before "pneuma" is in the dative, NEUTER, singular) - was to supplement him as their helper, or, in other words, be "another" helper. The word "another" should be observed as implying that which the epistle states: the advocacy of Jesus as well as his and in particular the Father's active spiritual force... "you know it (not Him) because it (not He) abides with you and will be IN you" - John 14:17 NASB.

This spirit helper, active force, of God and Jesus, was to be with them forever more, in other words be "omnipresent", no more than that and no less than that.

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  • I'm interested in this distinction between the Father's spirit and Jesus' spirit. Is this God's spirit, running through Jesus, and then to the world? Or are you conceiving of this as something more independently coming from Jesus? – One God the Father Apr 30 at 17:15
  • Sorry for the delay here. I was out of town, got over heated playing golf, then being 70 years old had to take a nap on my return. On quickly reacquainting myself with the post here, I now repeat what I wrote to another poster, who asked me what my view was on the spirit.....tbc... – Olde English May 1 at 3:57
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    ...With regard to the spirit: Being a non Trinitarian, I don't believe in there being a 3rd Personage, in the Godhead, in the guise of, a nameless, Holy Spirit. To me, one has the Almighty God, Jehovah, then one has the only begotten Son of God, namely Jesus, 2 distinctive spiritual personages, both with divinity. Then, simply put, one has 'their' active force, spirit, breath (ruach), which is then infused into all 'true believers' of God and Jesus, and in particular his (Jesus') sacrifice, in order that Mankind can be forgiven and have 'salvation'...It can then be both of your hypotheses. – Olde English May 1 at 4:17
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    In a shout out to your 'handle'. The Almighty God, the Father, is 'God' with a capital 'G', whereas the Son of God, namely Jesus, is 'god' with a small 'g'. – Olde English May 1 at 4:47

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