The Counselor

Main references: Jn 14:16-17, 26

The counselor or advocate (보혜사-Bou Hae Sa: Korean term) is defined as the teacher who protects with grace.

There is a spirit who is named as the advocate (Jn 15:26), and there is also flesh who serves as the advocate (1 Jn 2:1; the advocate, refers to the word). The advocate, in terms of the spirit, refers to the spirit of truth. The Bible calls this spirit, the spirit of the counselor. The advocate in flesh, on the other hand, refers to the teacher who speaks on behalf, that is, the pastor promised by Jesus. Since the Lord has promised that the Spirit of Truth will be in you—a person (refer to Jn 14:16-17), the person whom the spirit of truth is with becomes the counselor of truth.

If there is a person who has become one with the spirit of the counselor, what should he be referred to as? He should be referred as the counselor/advocate as well. The promised spirit of the counselor and the promised pastor of the counselor become united as one, and together they testify about Jesus. This takes place as it is promised (Jn 14:26).

Scripture says that the house of the holy spirit is the heart of people (1 Cor 3:9, 3:16). The holy spirit comes upon people and dwells in them so they can speak the words of the spirit. Thus, both the spirit (the spirit of the counselor) and the person (the counselor) are advocates of the one who sent them (1 Jn 2:1). It says in Jn 14:24, “These words you hear are not my own; but they belong to the father who sent me.” The words Jesus spoke were the words of the father God, who was in Jesus (Jn 14:10, 24). Likewise, the words of the person, whom the spirit of the counselor has descended upon and has become one with, are not his own. We must understand that the words he speaks belong to the spirit of the counselor. To help this understand, please take a look at what it says in Rv 1:2 concerning Apostle John. It says, “John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

John the Baptist and Jesus came to the world 2,000 years ago. These two were already promised in the Old Testament prior to their coming. They did not just come without the promise. In whose names did they come? God sent John, the Baptist in the name of Elijah (Mt 17:12-13, Lk 1:13, 17), and Jesus was sent in the name of God (Jn 5:43).Therefore, seeing John the Baptist was the same as seeing Elijah, and seeing Jesus was the same as seeing father God. It was because the spirit of Elijah came upon John the Baptist, and John carried out the tasks of Elijah. In the same way, the holy spirit of God descended upon Jesus, and Jesus performed the work of God. Even if John the Baptist calls himself Elijah, it is not wrong because the spirit of Elijah came to him. Even if Jesus calls himself God, it is not wrong either. This is why the son whom God was with (Is 7:14) is also referred to as the wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, and prince of peace in Isaiah 9:6.

The promised pastor, who has become one with the spirit of truth, takes what is Jesus’ and testifies about it to the saints. All that belongs to the father is Jesus’ (Jn 16:13-15). Hence, the spirit of truth and the promised pastor are the spirit and the bride according to Rv 22:17. These two are the advocates who speak on behalf of the Lord, and who give the water of life as clear as crystal.

The divine being (God) created the heaven and the earth, and he dwelled in the creation he had created. The master of all creation is the spirit of the divine being. A person whom the spirit left is like an empty house abandoned by its landowner. The disciples, who once were without the holy spirit, received the holy spirit in Mark’s upper room. This took place as if the landowners came back to the empty houses and dwelled in them. After receiving the holy spirit, the disciples testified about Jesus to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Is it biblically against to the verse Rv 2 and Rv 3 which says about the promised who has received the spirit of truth according to the Lord’s promises? Is this the fault of the holy spirit? Or is it the fault of the person who received that spirit? None of this is wrong since it has taken place according to the promises. Anybody who denies this will be wrong for they are refusing to believe the promises. Where in the Bible says that we must not receive the holy spirit? Rather it says, “Receive the holy spirit” (Jn 20:22).

The Spirit of truth is the holy spirit who brings the truth. The truth is God’s word (Jn 17:17). The Spirit of truth has brought the word of God. In Rv 10, the holy angel, who bears the resemblance with Jesus’ appearance, comes in the name of Jesus. He brings the revealed word of the opened scroll and comes to the promised pastor, New John. The angel gives and makes New John eat that scroll and commands him to testify about the scroll to the nations, peoples, languages, and kings. This very promise has taken place today. The promised pastor has received the holy spirit and the truth, that is, the word. He has testified to all the fulfilled events of the entire book of Revelation, which he has seen and heard. This is well explained in Rv 10 and Rv 1:1-3.

Whoever hears and sees the words of the promised pastor, the advocate—whom the Spirit of truth, the spirit of the counselor has come upon and has become one with—and whoever believes in his words without adding or subtracting crosses over from death to life, and receives the resurrection of life (Jn 5:24-29). These people can also receive the holy spirit and be guided by it. All mankind bears sin, and all have become the dead within Adam due to their sin. Just like the words of the revelation Apostle Paul testified about, people who belong to the Lord and the one who comes in the name of the Lord at the Lord’s return, acquire the resurrection of life and salvation (1 Cor 15:20-24). What good is this message to those who are ignorant of the Bible and its promises, and to those who don’t even have faith in them? However, this explanation is given to those who make an attempt to believe and understand the Bible and its promises, and those who desire to live their lives accordingly.

The conclusion of what has been discussed thus far is as follows.

The counselor is referring to the advocate, the one who speaks on behalf. There is a spirit advocate as well as a flesh advocate. The spirit of truth, the counselor, chooses one flesh and becomes one with him. The spirit of truth brings the truth, and he speaks it through the lips of the chosen pastor. The words that the chosen pastor testifies are the words of the one (Jesus) who sent the spirit. Thus, his testimony is the testimony of Jesus, the words of Jesus. This is how Jesus’ word and testimony are spoken on behalf of him.

The Spirit of truth, the counselor, is the spirit who speaks on behalf of Jesus. The flesh counselor, whom the Spirit of truth has become one with, is the pastor who speaks on behalf of the spirit of truth. This spirit and flesh become one and speak on behalf of the Lord (Rv 19:10; Rv 22:17). People who are without understanding and knowing this might stubbornly claim that the counselor is only referring to the spirit. This kind of people will not receive the holy spirit, and thus, will remain only as flesh. They make such claims because of their ignorance in the true facts regarding the person who has received the holy spirit. How can the thoughts of the person with the holy spirit be the same as the judgments of the people without the holy spirit?

If someone refuses to believe in the unity of the spirit and flesh, he will not believe that the John, the Baptist and the spirit of Elijah became one, and that Jesus and the holy spirit of the father God became one at his first coming. Neither he will believe that John the Baptist came in the name of Elijah, and that Jesus came in the name of God, nor will he believe that the disciples received the holy spirit in Mark’s upper room (refer to Acts 1:12-13; Acts 2:1-3; Acts 12:12). We in Shincheonji have received the revealed word and the one, promised pastor—whom the Spirit of truth has become one with—as the counselor. If anybody labels Shincheonji as a heresy just because we call the promised pastor the counselor, that person has made a reckless judgment for he does not have holy spirit inside of him. If one is without the holy spirit, he himself will be a heretic.

Are you aware of the rapture incident caused by one Protestant denomination in 1992?

Besides that particular denomination that was labeled as a heresy, some other Protestant denominations, which proudly claimed to be the orthodoxy, also caused a huge commotion by setting up the date of their rapture. As a matter of fact, there was no rapture at all. Because of that false alarm, some died of hunger, and some lost all of their fortunes. Are such pastors, who spread lies, the pastors with the holy spirit? (refer to 1 Cor 2:10) Or are they the pastors with the devil, the evil spirits? (Jn 8:44) Despite what they have said and done, can they still claim to be the orthodoxy and label other churches as heresies? Are they qualified for calling other churches heresies? Do you think their sermons and explanations of the Bible are truthful?

Even if they do not have the holy spirit and truth, should they at least be conscious? They persecute, teach lies, and perform conversion education to bring people to their own denominations. Such acts prove that they do not have conscience. How pitiful and wretched they are!

Furthermore, some false pastors, who call themselves seminary doctors, made their testimonies about the group of the dragon, the beast with seven heads and ten horns, in the book of Revelation. They say this beast refers to strong nations and a few countries in the European Community. They spoke as if they had seen and heard the physical fulfillment of Revelation. In addition, they misinterpreted the dragon by saying that it refers to a particular denomination or the Catholic Pope. Other pastors from the same denominations quote these wrong interpretations and feed their own members. If this is the case, haven’t these denominations become liars?

The true testimony regarding the entity of the dragon is as follows. The dragon symbolizes the devil. The seven heads refer to the pastors from the seven denominations that belong to the dragon. The ten horns refer to the pastors who belong to the leaders of those denominations. This is the testimony of the one who has seen and heard the physical fulfillment of the events of Revelation. The person is testifying about this fulfillment just as he was commanded to do so.

The founder of Shincheonji Church of Jesus is not Mr. Lee. He is the representative of Shincheonji. If people say Presbyterian Church or the Church of Calvin, they connote that the founders of those churches are elders and Calvin just as they say. If we say the Church of Jesus, the founder of that church is plainly Jesus as it says. The scripture testifies that whoever makes up lies will be outside the city (Rv 22:15). Therefore, those who have lied by saying that the founder of Shincheonji Church of Jesus is Mr. Lee, are obviously outside the city. How can these people correctly know the counselor?

If anyone has questions about the Bible, I pray that they come to the beautiful Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the City of Truth, and that they ask their questions, understand the answers, and attain salvation by doing so.