Paraclete is an untranslated Greek word peculiar in the New Testament to John. It refers to the work of the Spirit (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7), when translated Comforter, and also to the personal work of Christ in heaven (see 1 John 2:1, where it is translated advocate). The literal meaning of the verb root is 'to call to one, call for.' Once it is used in the LXX when Job speaks of "miserable comforters" (Job 16:2).
There are three significant meanings in the word: (1) legal advocate, (2) intercessor, and (3) helper in general. The first and second are found in the work of Christ the Advocate, while the last is discernible in the work of the Holy Spirit. See Advocacy.
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