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Advocate - parakletos <3875>

"If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:"
- 1 John 2:1

The word used to describe the Lord is translated "advocate" but that doesn't tell the whole story until we check the word in the Greek, the original language of the New Testament. The word is PARAKLETOS, number 3875 in Strong's Concordance and numbering system. It is also the same word Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit in John. That is translated COMFORTER in the King James Version and COUNSELOR in the New International Version. It is used four times by John (John 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:7) In each case it means "one who pleads the cause of another."

A few years ago our church faced a major lawsuit by a neighbor who resented that a church would be built in his community. So heated was the exchange that when I arrived at the township meeting, at which our zoning application would be discussed, there was standing room only. As each of the evening's agenda items were clicked off it was narrowing down to us. One of the councilmen leaned over to me and said, "It looks like all these people are here to protest you!" And he was right. The next day the Philadelphia Inquirer plastered my picture on the front page of the Neighborhood Section with an article to match. Needless to say we were in a pickle. We were within our rights to buy the property and build in the farmland area that was zoned for churches. Yet we felt like public enemy number one. One of our church members suggested that we needed to retain an attorney to represent us. She also recommended that it be one that was well known by the judges, and other prosecutors in the county. So we did. We went straight to the top man with the most influence and retained his services. That was the last township meeting I ever had to attend. Our attorney (our advocate) did the rest. He so intimidated the irate neighbor who himself was an attorney that the neighbor backed down and withdrew his complaint. Later we learned that he had incited the neighborhood against us under false pretenses. Eventually the opposition was dropped and the other neighbors all sent us letters of apology!

The advocate you chose does make a difference. He will make or break your case. Let Jesus represent you before the Father. He will plead your cause. Leave it in his capable hands and the results will be miraculous.

When David was unjustly accused and opposed by Saul David responded as one who know the ADVOCATE.

"May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he plead my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand." 1 Samuel 24:15

Hymn: The Advocate by Charitie Lees Smith
Hear it on YouTube: Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Saviour and my God!

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

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