Bible Verse: “…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” (John 14:16)

Scripture Reading: John 14:15-31

In the Gospel of John Jesus, Jesus gave the promise of a Helper (Greek word is paracletos). The word paracletos has a wide area of meaning which also includes consoler, encourager and mediator. It is used to describe the divine mentoring activity of the Holy Spirit, such as teaching, reminding, and guiding into all truth, in essence continuing the mentoring ministry of Jesus (John 14:26 and 15:13).

A theological consideration is that the activity of human mentoring resembles, but does not replace, the ministry of the Holy Spirit. However, the mentor can be seen as the human agent through whom the Holy Spirit works, to help the mentee move toward his or her destiny in Christ.

Sometimes I’ve been asked the question, “Why do we need human mentors if we have a divine mentor in the person of the Holy Spirit? Human mentors can mislead us, but the Holy Spirit will never lead us astray.” I have answered that they need to understand there is always the possibility that their own heart, or perhaps even the devil, may lead them astray (Luke 22:31 and 2 Corinthians 11:3). Because those possibilities exist, a godly human mentor under the guidance of the Holy Spirit can provide necessary correction or affirmation when needed.

What is required of me to be an agent of the Holy Spirit in the life of another today?

How have I sensed the Holy Spirit mentoring me in the way of Jesus through another person lately?

— Rainer Mittelstaedt in Ministering Forward: Mentoring Tomorrow’s Christian Leaders (Word Alive, 2017).



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