A comforter is someone who provides peace in time of tribulations, problems and trials. He’s someone who makes you feel calm, someone summoned to plead a cause or defend in the place of assistance.
The book of (John 16:7-8) reveals the coming and work of the comforter.
“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. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” (KJV)
One of the works of the Holy Spirit is to comfort believers. The word “comforter” means “one to run to our side and pick us up.” This is what Jesus had done while He was on the earth.
1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
John 14:16; 17 and 26. “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; 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. 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.”
In essense, the Holy Spirit came to be the babysitter for all Christians. Jesus was the one who ran to our side; now He goes back to Heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit to do to all of us what He did when He was on earth.
Yet, according to 1 John 2:1, Jesus is still our comforter, so the Holy Spirit is not exactly a substitute but an additional one to run to our side. It is interesting to note that the word “comforter” was also used for legal aid or the counsel for the defense; so the Holy Spirit is that.
Jesus is our aid at the right hand of the Father; the Holy Spirit is our aid on earth. Jesus is a position advocate in Heaven; the Holy Spirit is a conditional advocate on earth. Someone has described it this way. God made a will. When Jesus died, it became valid to those who trust Him. He went to Heaven as our attorney at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit distributes that will for Jesus on earth.
There are two things in this will. First,
Ephesians 1:7, “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Notice the words, “The riches of His grace.” This is salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of our Saviour on the cross of calvary.
Second, “the riches of His glory.”
Ephesians 3:16, “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.”
Perhaps, the reason Jesus had to return to Heaven was twofold.
First, He went to do His work.
Hebrews 7:25, “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Second, He went to give the Holy Spirit His work to do.
As the comforter, there is another thing the Holy Spirit does. He helps our comforters. John 14:18, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” In other words, He uses human instruments to do His comforting. There are times when the Holy Spirit will comfort you Himself without human aid.
The comforter in the person of the Holy Spirit came to help us live a life of comfort, because of the present tribulation in the world today (2 Corinthians1:3-4) the comfort the Holy Spirit gives us is rest assured.
Psalm 94:19 “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” (KJV)
The Holy Spirit is reliable, accurate and always in time. He is always ready to fulfil His promise in our lives if we give our all to Him. The effect of the comforter helps us to see the truth in God’s word, enabling us to feel the impact and power, helping us to apply it in all facets if life.
The moment you let go of the comforter, you give in to despair and disorientation. Your life becomes a hangout for irrelevant social activities.
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