Author: Ron Graham

Glossary Simplybible

Word Study: Paraclete

Word family: Paraclete.


Synonyms: Comforter, Advocate, Helper


Related ideas: Holy Spirit, intercession, priesthood, God dwelling among men, providence.


Definitions: Paraclete is a word from Greek. It means “one called alongside to help”; a comforter and advocate; one who encourages, strengthens, consoles, enables, protects, defends, intercedes, etc.


Greek References: parakleetos 3875 (Strong) [para beside, and kaleo to call]; cf parakaleo 3870 and parakleesis 3874, consolation.


Scripture:

  The Father, God of all comfort

  The Son, our Advocate with the Father

  The Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Helper


Comment: Paraclete is a word sometimes used to refer to the Holy Spirit. This does not mean that the Holy Spirit is our only Paraclete. Rather he is the third paraclete. The Father and the Son also engage in comforting and helping us, as the above scriptures show.


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