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John 14:15-24
v. 15 – Love for Jesus results in obedience.
Not to be confused with our obedience results in God loving us.
v. 16 – The counselor – paraklete – one who stands beside as in a legal proceeding.
He is given to us as a gift, just like Jesus was a gift to us.
He will be with us forever. Jesus is departing, but the disciples can be comforted that they will not be abandoned.
v. 17 – He is the Spirit of truth – just as Jesus is the truth (v. 6).
“You know him” seems strange, since Jesus has yet to request the Spirit (v. 16; 16:7) and the disciples have not yet received the Spirit.
Jesus says this Paraclete will be in you. He already remains among them (v. 17; in the NIV “lives with you”). The Spirit is not absent before the glorification. Indeed, he is present "without limit" in Jesus (3:34) and must be at work in the disciples in order for them to have the faith and love that Jesus mentions (vv. 12, 15). But the Paraclete has not yet been sent to the disciples and received by