"All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." (John 14:25-26)

Jesus is illustrating his role as teacher and how that relates to God's ability to connect with us and guide us.

The concept of "Holy Spirit" brings up a critical part of the Nicene Creed that practically every ecclesiastical Christian church today assumes: This is the concept of the so-called "Holy Trinity" - the "Father, Son and the Holy Spirit" - originally translated to "Ghost" but in many translations (such as NIV), has recently been changed to "Spirit."

In the early fourth century, Constantine - the Emperor of Rome - in an effort to galvanize and control the populations of Europe and the Middle East, figured that by organizing Christianity into a single entity controlled by Rome, he would be able to effectively control the Middle East and Europe.

His plan worked. The Roman empire ruled over the Middle East and Europe for over one thousand years by utilizing the Roman Catholic Church to control these societies.

Constantine's plan was so good that even after the Roman empire was slowly taken apart, the Roman Catholic Church continued its domination of the population through to the seventeenth century.

This control over much of the Christian world and the surrogacy of the Roman Catholic Church to the Roman government continues even to this day as the Vatican is considered an independent state from Italy, has its own bank and controls its own land and vast wealth. It is by most definitions still an empire.

Prior to Constantine's organization of the church, the Christian world was made up of innumerable small communities and churches.

Constantine assembled a small group of the more politically-minded ecclesiastical leaders from around Europe and formed the first Synod of Nicene. He dictated that the group had to develop a single creed that would communicate a single interpretation to the whole of Europe and the Middle East under Rome's rule. The members of the Synod argued for some time as they struggled to develop a single creed. A power play then broke out between two main philosophical factions - one that leaned towards the concept of a personal God sending Jesus as a teacher along the lines of the Essene teachings - and one that leaned towards God being a vague force with Jesus being God incarnated who "died for our sins."

This latter philosophy won Constantine's favor; and the subsequent political power play drove out or forced the dissenting leaders to agree, and the Nicene Creed was written - and brutally enforced for over fifteen centuries.

This stated that God was basically a vague entity, made up of three parts, a Holy Spirit - a vague ghost-like being - the Father and the Son: And while Jesus was the "Son", he was also the Father incarnated, who "died for our sins."

In other words, the Supreme Being was somehow left out the of equation, as having no real separate personality from Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

This philosophy is diametrically opposed to Jesus' teachings. Jesus' most important instruction was to love God and to do God's will. He also prayed to God frequently and frequently referred to God personally as a separate individual:
 "My teaching is not my own. It comes from Him who sent me." (John 7:16).
How can a person love a vague force? How can a vague force have teachings, and a will? How can a vague force send someone?

The fact is, the Synod of Nicene effectively erased God's separate existence using this concept of a Trinity and of Jesus being God incarnated. It created an icon - Jesus - identifying him in a way that contradicted his teachings. For example, Jesus said:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matt. 7:21-23)
And why would the Supreme Being ever be forced to come to the earth and "die" on the cross in order to save people from their sins? Does God have to be sacrificed, as if God is some kind of sacrificial lamb?

This is total fiction. God never has to follow the rules of sacrifice. The rules of sacrifice are facilities to help us come closer to God. God does not have to abide by those rules.

God can forgive us our sins with a simple thought. This is why Jesus instructed his students to ask God directly for forgiveness in the Lord's prayer: "Forgive us our sins...." (Luke 11:4)

If our sins could only be forgiven by God coming down to the earth and dying on the cross, then why would Jesus instruct his students to ask God to forgive their sins?

And this fictional interpretation also means that no one prior to Jesus' crucifixion could have been forgiven of their sins prior to Jesus. This is despite David writing in one of his Psalms:
Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of Your Name; deliver us and forgive our sins for Your Name's sake. (Psalm 79:9)
This verse, despite its slight mistranslation, clearly indicates that God can forgive us our sins. It also states that God's Holy Names have the power to purify our consciousness.

The entire concept of "sins" as spoken by the various teachers spoken of in the Bible has been misconstrued. To "sin" is to act with self-centered consciousness, as opposed to acting in a way that is pleasing to God.

This is confirmed by the meaning of the Greek word translated to sin according to the lexicon: "to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong - to wander from the law of God..."

The "law of God" relates to what is pleasing to God. To do something that is not pleasing to God relates to only being focused on what is pleasing to us. This is sin: acting with self-centered consciousness.

This means that being "cleansed" of our sins means for our consciousness to become purified. Our consciousness becomes purified by focusing our lives and our love upon God rather than upon ourselves. This purifies our consciousness, and our activities become focused on pleasing God. This is the only purpose of purification.

To have our sins forgiven for a moment and then returning to a self-centered life has little value.

In fact, the whole ritual of "being forgiven by the blood of Jesus" as wine or grape juice is passed around is offensive if the focus is only self-centered. The torture and murder of Jesus' body was in itself an offensive act on the part of the Romans and the Jewish priests who recommended it, and those who try to utilize Jesus' torture for their own benefit of being purified so they can continue a self-centered life without guilt is offensive to both Jesus and God.

The reality is, God is a Person, and Jesus taught his students to come to know and love this personal Supreme Being, God. Jesus is not God, but he is God's representative. Therefore, to understand Jesus' commitment to God as he allowed his body to be tortured for God's teachings does have the power to bring about a purification of our consciousness, should we realize how committed Jesus was to God - how much he loved the Supreme Being.

It is this relationship with God that Jesus' discussion above relates to. Jesus was telling his closest disciples that after having been teaching them directly ("All this I have spoken while still with you.") after his body will be murdered and he returns to the spiritual realm, God will continue to be with them, assuming they continue to follow his teachings. This is confirmed by his saying:
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
While people can imagine that the Holy Spirit is some separate entity from the Supreme Being, this is comes from those who are locked within the perceptions borne by the physical world and these temporary physical bodies.

The Greek word παράκλητος (paraklētos) refers to coming to one's aid or helping a person: "summoned, called to one's side, esp. called to one's aid" according to the lexicon.

The Greek word πνεῦμα (pneuma) means not just a "spirit" as a ghost or other entity, but rather, the essence of a person. We also translate this same word to "soul" as in "our soul" meaning our essence or vitality. And ἅγιος (hagios), translated to "Holy," relates to Godlike - or from God.

Because παράκλητος (paraklētos) refers the ability of God to help or aid someone, we can simply understand that Jesus was referring to God's ability to reach out to us and come to our assistance. While we can relate to this ability to expand Himself as an entity in order for our mind to digest it, in reality, the Supreme Being's ability to communicate and be with each of us where ever we go is part of His ultimate power and authority over the physical and spiritual worlds.

The fact is, God is our Eternal Companion. He is always with us. The reason we cannot see Him is because we do not want to see Him. We want to get away from Him. We want to ignore Him. So He has created a virtual physical world and these physical bodies for us to hide from Him and ignore Him for awhile. This is why the body's physical eyes cannot see Him and the physical mind cannot perceive Him.

But if we follow Jesus' teachings by coming to love the Supreme Being and do God's will, we will be able to see Him again. He will be there to help us and guide us because He is always there for us.

Our ability to turn to God and rekindle our relationship with Him is known from the teachings of His representative, sent by God to also show us how it is done. This is why Jesus says "in my name" - because by our following Jesus' teachings, we learn to develop our relationship with Jesus' Beloved, God. Jesus is being a facilitator to that relationship.

So what Jesus is talking about with παράκλητος (paraklētos) and ἅγιος (hagios) πνεῦμα (pneuma), is God's expansive facility - His ability - to guide us and help us. This facility of the Supreme Being has the ability to, as Jesus confirms:
"teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
This ability to teach and remind us of Jesus' teachings is a faculty. It is a power. It is also outside of our mind's ability to perceive it. It must therefore be accepted as spiritual and outside our scope of mental speculation. It must be accepted from the teachings God's representative.

As this has been explained, God's expansive faculty can be compared to the sun's ability to heat up the earth. The heat from the sun can travel to the earth and heat it up but this heat is still inseparable from the sun itself. The sun's heat is part of the sun.

In the same way, God's ability or faculty to guide us and teach us is inseparable from His Person. It is a characteristic of this same Person - the Supreme Being. This is the Person Jesus wants us to give our lives to and love with all our being:
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-38)


(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Gospel of John without sectarian institutional influence, see the Devotional Translation  - translated from the original Greek texts.)