As I was reading Bible of John I came by these verses:

John 16:7-8: "But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment."

As Jesus has gone so the second factor that an advocate will come should also take place. Who can be the advocate?


John 16:13-14: "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you."

The Spirit of truth will come according to Jesus so who could be that Spirit of truth? Thanks in anticipation.

EDIT: MUST READ If you say that it was the Holy Spirit then why pronoun "HE" is used instead of "IT". And in Bible of John it is stated:

John 14:16 "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever--"

Here it is cleared that "another advocate". If advocate means Holy Spirit then this verse shows that we today have another Holy Spirit while in time of Jesus it was other Holy Spirit? Then there comes two Holy Spirits and Trinity becomes Quadrinity(One God in four: Father, son, Holy Spirit at time of Jesus, Holy Spirit at our times)

Does Holy Spirit talk as Jesus said "He will not speak on his own but only what he hears"?

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    Almost all Christians interpret these verses as referring to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity.
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 12 '15 at 9:11
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    The Holy Spirit clearly existed long before Jesus came. Jesus himself was said to be "filled with the Holy Spirit". No second or different Holy Spirit is in view here, but the Holy Spirit was to have a closer relationship with believers in the future.
    – Bit Chaser
    Aug 12 '15 at 11:11
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    @RehanUllah The text says another "comfortor", not another Holy Spirit, and I don't see the two as synonymous. Presumably Jesus was a "comfortor" to them, and the comfortor He would send was the Holy Spirit. I agree this would make a good Hermaneutics question.
    – Bit Chaser
    Aug 12 '15 at 12:05
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    @disciple I am a bit confused. It is written advocate not comforter. A person above said that advocate or comforter means Holy Spirit. Same is the view of approximately all christians. And you say that the advocate is not a Holy Spirit!!! Then what is it? Then you say that the advocate would be Holy Spirit which was to be sent by Jesus? You are going round and round and round!!! Aug 12 '15 at 12:36

The word translated Advocate here is Paraclete, which is sometimes also translated Comforter. It is virtually universally taken in Christianity to refer to the Holy Spirit. The pronoun "he" is used because the Holy Spirit is a person. (Christian denominations that do not believe the Holy Spirit to be a person - a minority - have other explanations for the use).

The Holy Spirit that Christians have now is the same Holy Spirit that was promised to the disciples. When Jesus talks about "another" advocate, he means "beside himself" (Note that the use of "another" in John 14 occurs before the use of "the advocate" in John 16, so "another" in John 14 cannot mean a second one as well as the one in John 16.)

  • Can you show me Holy Spirit today? Or you confine yourself to say he is Holy Spirit, the mentioned one Holy Spirit, etc.? The pronoun "he" is used because the Holy Spirit is a person. (Christian denominations that do not believe the Holy Spirit to be a person) What kind of discrepancy? "Beside himself" uh.. what is your proof? Just claim like others.
    – snr
    Dec 5 '16 at 0:43
  • I really wonder why the advocate cannot be some other one eulogizing Jesus(pbuh) ?
    – snr
    Dec 5 '16 at 0:46
  • Jesus says "I will send the Advocate", so it's unlikely he is talking about himself. Dec 5 '16 at 3:31
  • so who is the holy spirit?
    – snr
    Dec 5 '16 at 7:17
  • You should ask that as a new question. Dec 5 '16 at 13:55

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