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An advocate is someone who pleads the case or the cause of another person or persons--usually in a judicial court. The Greek word is παράκλητος, paraklatos, and occurs five times in the New Testament:

  • John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper [paraklatos], that He may be with you forever."
  • John 14:26, “But the Helper [paraklatos], the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."
  • John 15:26, "When the Helper [paraklatos] comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me."
  • John 16:7, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [paraklatos] shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you."
  • 1 John 2:1, "My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [paraklatos] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.