The Holy Spirit is a helper who wants to bless and benefit, rather than hinder or harm your life.
In John's gospel, Jesus teaches us much about the Holy Spirit's role in the life of a believer. The Holy Spirit is a comforter, counselor, guide, one who convicts, and one who leads into Truth. In John 14, we read that the Holy Spirit is a "helper" (14:16, 15:26, 16:7 NKJV). Jesus says, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, . . ."
The original greek term here can be translated advocate (NIV), counselor, comforter (KJV), helper (ESV), or Paraclete. In ancient days, a paraklétos was a legal advocate who made the right judgment-call because he was close enough to the situation. The Holy Spirit is a Paraclete coming along side us to help us in our time of need.
The description of the Holy Spirit as "helper" got me thinking about Genesis 2:18 where Eve is called a "suitable helper" for Adam. It also has me wondering about a biblical definition of "helper". Perhaps being labelled a helper is not a statement of weakness, but rather a statement of strength.
In Genesis 2:18, 20, Eve is referred to as a suitable "helper". The Hebrew ezer is quite simply "one who helps". Not surprisingly, God is labeled a "helper" or deliverer numerous times in the Bible (See Genesis 49:25, Exodus 18:4, 2 Chronicles 14:11-12, Psalm 30:10-11, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 41:13). The author of Hebrews wrote, "So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6) The greek term boéthos is a transliteration of the Hebrew ezer meaning "a helper bringing the right aid in time".
The Holy Spirit fulfills many roles in the life of the believer including . . .
I think of the Holy Spirit's role in my life like this -- Father God fulfilled His plans and purposes for me in His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit makes the plans and purposes of God "come alive" in my life today. In other words, the Holy Spirit is my helper because He applies the promises, plans, and purposes of God in my life. Thank God for the Holy Spirit!