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On Good Friday, the veil in the Temple was torn in two; the separation between the divine and human was removed. In the final weeks of Easter, we peer into the mystery of God behind the place where the veil used to be.
The key to understanding is once again, meno, “to abide.” Repeatedly this word appears, weaving Jesus’profound expression in this and the following chapter.
The word for the Holy Spirit that John uses is the Greek parakletos, sometimes simply transferred into English as “Paraclete.” The word literally means “one who is called to be at your side” as a lawyer, advocate, counselor, “helper,” or in the King James version, “Comforter.”
Meditate upon these and other words that may be given to you, all variations of the intimate living-with that the Spirit brings.
What are these?
Advocate with me always v. 16
Spirit abiding in me v. 17
Because You live, I will live. v. 19
Loved by You; loved by Father v. 21
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