“But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me” (John 15:26, AMP).
Jesus’ life on earth was a short one. Only a few people saw him, touched him and got to know him. As he prepared his disciples for his death, he told them the Holy Spirit would come, not to take his place, but to be the Paraclete who is “called to one’s side.” He knew they would feel deserted and alone and would need a lot of help. The Holy Spirit was to “make vital and actual Christ’s spiritual presence” (bibleencyclopedia.com).
Because we can’t experience Jesus’ physical presence, we sometimes have difficulty understanding, relating, even believing (“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24). God as the Paraclete is the one who makes Jesus known to us, helps us come to the truth about him and is always by our side, ministering to us as we make our way through the maze of our lives. He is our Helper, but this designation and all other words used to describe what he does are inadequate as he does so much more than we know. He truly is our everything!