“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate (Paraclete), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14: 25-27
In looking for images for this devotional, I found something unexpected.
Apparently, the manufacturer of this “Paraclete” Releasable Modular Vest (on sale for $450) chose a title they thought inferred invulnerability and secure protection.
I’m not so sure that is in line with the New Testament use of this ancient Greek word. (Though I also doubt that those who have need of such vests really care at all what they are named.)
Paraclete comes from the koine (common) Greek word παράκλητος (paráklētos), that can signify one who consoles or comforts, one who encourages or uplifts, and/or one who intercedes on our behalf as an advocate in court.
There is no reference to body armor as a definition for ‘Paraclete.’
In contrast, it seems that though the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit instills some degree of confidence, safety is not part of one of its guarantees.
The Holy Spirit accompanies us through it all, and, importantly, teaches us along life’s journey, in ways of peace and forsaking fear, in Jesus’ manner.
I’ll take that version of a Paraclete any day…. How about you?