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(paraklete ); one who pleads another's cause, exhorts, comforts, prays for another. The Holy Spirit (John 14:16; John 15:26; John 16:7); though our KJV always translates it "Comforter" when applied to Him, and "Advocate" when to Christ (1 John 2:1). But all the ideas included in the word apply both to the Holy Spirit and to Christ. For if Christ intercedes with God for us above, the Holy Spirit does so in us below; compare Romans 8:26; Romans 8:34 with Hebrews 7:25.

The Holy Spirit, testifying of Christ within us, answers, as our Advocate before our consciences, the law's demands; He, as the Spirit of prayer and adoption, inspires in us prayers which words cannot fully utter. If the Holy Spirit be named "another Comforter" by Jesus, yet He implies that Himself also is so, as indeed the Holy Spirit is His Spirit; absent in body, He is still present by His Spirit (John 14:16; John 14:18). Tertullus (Acts 24) is a sample of the advocates usually employed by clients in the Roman provinces.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Advocate'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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