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The Spirit-Paraclete

August 2, 2020 Speaker: John Bell Series: General

Passage: John 14:15–16:15

Big Picture: This sermon will answer the question, “What is God the Holy Spirit doing, both in the rebellious world, and in the believers he draws out of the world, now that Jesus has died, risen from death, and ascended to the Father?”


Point 1: The triune God will make himself present to the disciples of Jesus by the Spirit of Truth, and he will indwell God’s people forever (14:15-17).

Point 2: The Spirit-Paraclete will testify to Jesus (15:26–27).

Point 3: The Spirit-Paraclete will teach the disciples about Jesus (14:26; 16:12–15).

Point 4: The Spirit-Paraclete will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He does so because Jesus is returning to the Father and no longer exercises that role himself (16:7–11).

Point 5: The Spirit-Paraclete glorifies the Son (16:14)


  • “Paraclete” texts: John 14:15–17; 25–27; 15:26–27; 16:7–15
  • The word paraclete is a rough transliteration of the Greek word parakl