When Jesus said he will give another Comforter he was speaking about the Holy Ghost and it is a fabulous Bible study that you could literally write a complete book about however it is even more exciting to experience and receive the Comforter and all of the wonderful benefits associated with the Holy Ghost.
So let’s dive in and have a brief look at what Jesus was talking about when he said I will give you another comforter…
He Shall Give You Another Comforter
And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. (John 14:16)
- Through Jesus (I will pray)
- God The Father shall give us another comforter
- Unlike Jesus who was about to die and go to be with the Father, this Comforter will abide with us forever.
Comforter (Greek= paraklētos) means – intercessor, advocate, comforter
- Intercessor = one who pleads another’s cause with one
- Advocate = one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for the defense, legal assistant
- Comforter = called to one’s aid, helper
This was to be ANOTHER comforter. Jesus was the comforter, intercessor, and advocate however he warned the disciples he was going away and would send them another comforter. (Another of the same sort)
Just as Moses warned the Israelites that God would send them another prophet (like unto me) – and they were to listen to that prophet (Jesus) or be cut off (Acts 3:22-23) – Jesus spoke the same about another comforter (just like him) who we are to listen to (he will guide you into all truth)
- The law came by Moses but grace and truth through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
- Without the Spirit of Christ, you are none of his. (Romans 8:9)
- Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Roms 8:26)
- And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Roms 8:27)
The Comforter Will Abide With You Forever
While Jesus was going to leave and be at the right hand of the Father the Comforter will abide with us forever, and as we will see later that this is actually how Jesus and the Father abide with us also.
Abide (Greek= menō ) and means – abide, tarry (stay), dwell, remain, continue, endure.
These words mean… Not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, to continue to be, not to perish, remain the same, and not change.
The Comforter will…
- Abide with you forever
- Stay with you forever
- Dwell with you forever
- Remain with you forever
- Continue with you forever
- Endure with you forever
- Will continue to be present
- Will continue to exist
- Will not perish
- Will not change
- Will stay the same
- Will NOT depart
- Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you. (Heb 13:5)
- Abide in me and I will abide in you. (John 15:4)
- But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mat 24:13)
- Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Heb 13:8)
The Comforter Is The Spirit Of Truth
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:17)
- Many people are seeking the truth. You will find it in the Comforter which is the Spirit of truth.
- The world cannot receive the Comforter – Why? Because the world can’t see him or know him.
- But his disciples know him because he has been with them and the time will come when the Comforter will be in them. (Pentecost)
- The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)
- God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
- And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
- Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. (John 16:13)
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18)
Comfortless (Greek= orphanos) and means – orphan, bereft (of a father, parents, teacher, guide, or guardian)
- I will not leave you comfortless
- I will not leave you as orphans
- I will not leave you without a teacher
- I will not leave you without a guide
- I will not leave you without a guardian
- Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Rom 8:15)
- To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Gal 4:5)
- Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself. (Eph 1:5)
- Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. (Acts 9:31)
Because I Live You Shall Live Also
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:19-24)
- Because I Live You Shall Live Also
- On that day (when the Comforter comes) you will KNOW…
- I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you!
- I will manifest (reveal, show, make known) myself to them that love me
How Does Jesus Reveal Himself (Make Himself Known)?
- If we love him
- Keep his words
- God the Father will love you
- We (Jesus and the Father) will come to you
- And we will make our abode with you
When you receive the Comforter – The Father, Son, & Holy Spirit make their abode (dwelling place) with you.
Jesus makes himself known!!
The Comforter Is The Holy Ghost
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)
- It is clearly stated so there can be no doubt the Comforter is the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit)
- The Father sends the Holy Ghost in Jesus name
- The Holy Ghost will teach you all things
- The Holy Ghost will bring to remembrance whatsoever Jesus has said.
- And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4)
- Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. (Acts 2:33)
- But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27)
- Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 11:6)
The Comforter Shall Testify Of Jesus
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: (John 15:26)
As seen above Acts 2:33 – shows Jesus is sending the Comforter from the Father. The Comforter is the Spirit of truth (Holy Ghost) and the Comforter proceeds from the Father.
Testify (Greek= martyreō) and means – bear witness, testify, bear record, give a good report, implore, to give (not to keep back) testimony.
So the Holy Spirit…
- Bears witness of Jesus.
- Testifies of Jesus
- Bears record of Jesus
- Give a good report about Jesus
- Implores us about Jesus
- Reveals everything we need to know about Jesus.
- The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:16)
- God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Heb 2:4)
- Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us. (Heb 10:15)
- This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. (1 John 5:6)
It Is Expedient For You That I Go Away
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7)
Expedient (Greek= sympherō) and means – profitable, be better, be good, advantageous
Jesus was telling them as sad as it was sounding that he was going away it was for their benefit. In fact, Jesus’ departure was for our benefit, our profit, was advantageous for us, good for us, and we are better off.
Of course, we now know that is because the Comforter could not come until he was crucified and risen from the dead to ascend to be with the Father.
- (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:39
In summary, the Comforter is the Holy Ghost and the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and is sent forth by Jesus Christ.
He is the Spirit of truth who will guide us into all truth and fully testifies about Jesus (the truth, the life, the way).
It is through the Holy Spirit we are adopted into the family of God (I will not leave you comfortless – orphans) and it is through the Holy Spirit that the Father and the Son make their abode in you.
The most exciting thing of all for me… The Comforter will abide with you forever. He will never leave us!
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