Of course Jesus is speaking of the Holy Spirit in John 14:16. I like the concept of abiding forever--He will always be with us. When a winter storm occurs, it can be intense, and everyone waits for the snowplows to clear the roads. After the snowplows have cleared the roads, and the sun in again shining, effects of the storm can still be seen, as shown by the edges of the road above. Not everything is back to normal. The snow piles by the side of the road can block vision and can be nasty to run into. As you can see, the road isn't entirely clear; icy spots still abound. So, we continue to need to be careful. We continue to need assistance some times. The same is true of the storms in our lives. After the crisis has been resolved, details still remain, some on a continuing basis. We continue to need to be careful. We may continue to need help. God sent the Holy Spirit to abide with us, remain with us, not just till the problem is solved, but forever. He's there when the next problem begins, and He will be there through that problem to its conclusion. Thank God for the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
He Abides With Us
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever." (NKJV)