During a recent medical emergency, my wife was rushed to ER and then quickly transferred to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit. Along with incredible facilities, the amazing medical staff stabilized her and turned the trajectory of her life around. I thank God for them!
As the dark hours turned brighter, I was able to look at the surroundings. There was a lighted sign board listing the personnel of the unit. One position caught my attention. It was the ‘intensivist’. That was a new term for me. I learned an intensivist is a board-certified physician who provides special care for critically ill patients. Also known as a critical care physician, the intensivist has advanced training and experience in treating this complex type of patient.
While the long hours passed, there was abundant time for serious thought about life and the crises that come. I have been a minister for sixty two years. I have walked through a multitude of dark valleys with congregational members, family members, and friends. I have concluded that in the spiritual realm there is an Intensivist.
He is the third person of the Holy Trinity. When Jesus ascended into heaven after His death and Resurrection, the Father sent the Holy Spirit as our ‘intensivist’. I believe the term intensivist equates to the Biblical term ‘paraclete’ from the Greek paráklētos – advocate, helper, comforter. Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit will be another counselor or helper: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18, NKJV).
The Holy Spirit is to be our:
- Advocate: An advocate is someone who stands beside another in court and represents or defends them. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1, NIV).
- Helper: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 6:26-27).
- Comforter: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter” (John 14:16b, KJV).
- Guide: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13, NKJV).
As the hospital intensivist oversaw the physical steps that saved my wife’s life, so the ‘paraclete’ watches over our spiritual well-being and preserves our eternal life.
Prayer: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).
~ Brother Roy