And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, John 14:16 NABRE
Jesus in this final teaching to his disciples introduces an important teaching, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Love and obedience go together and our love for Jesus’ leads us to obey and keep His commandments. Jesus speaking about going home to the Father promises to ask the Father to send an Advocate, another who will always be with them. This is the first promise of the Advocate in this farewell address, Jesus will promise the Advocate several more times. The Advocate is the Spirit of truth because the Advocate is the Spirit of Jesus who is truth, the revelation of God. Since the disciples have openness to Jesus in faith, the Spirit will be made available to them. Jesus promises the Spirit remains with them and will be in the disciples. Through the Spirit God comes to dwell in their hearts, much as the Father dwells in Jesus and Jesus dwells in the Father. To seek and know the Father we simply need to look into our hearts. We will live forever just as Jesus will live forever because we share in Jesus’ resurrected life. The relationship between the Son and the Father is revealed in the glorified humanity of Jesus. A new relationship of communion and indwelling is created between the risen Jesus and the disciples, Jesus saying, “You are in me and I in you.”
We who know Jesus, follow Him in faith and obey His commandments have His Spirit dwelling in us. We receive the Spirit of Jesus when we accept Jesus in our hearts. Having this Spirit within us we can live with the faith of knowing we have an Advocate who seeks our best life, eternally.
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