The world we live in is filled with pain, suffering & sadness. But for those who are followers of Christ Jesus, we are not without comfort. We are not without peace. The Bible tells us we have a Comforter, and we can have peace even during times of great sorrow. Reading and understanding the scriptures provides great strength and comfort to Christians, however, that is not the only way God gives comfort to his people. He also provides us with a comforter, the Comforter.
Who is the Comforter? John 14:25-28 answers this question. Here Jesus is speaking and he says, “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with 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. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.”
- The Bible tells us Jesus identifies the Comforter in scripture as the Holy Ghost.
The Comforter is also called the Spirit of truth in:
- John 15:23-27 reads, “He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. 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: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
- John 14:16 & 17 reads, “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.”
- Jesus tells us the Comforter is the Spirit of truth.
- The Comforter shall testify of Jesus.
- The Comforter proceedeth from God the Father.
- The Comforter will abide with the Apostles and dwell with them.
- The Comforter will teach the Apostles all things and bring all things to their remembrance as the go out to teach and preach.
The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is referred to by several names:
- the Holy Ghost
- the Spirit of God
- the Spirit
- the Comforter
- the Spirit of truth
Other passages in the Bible that tell us about the Holy Spirit or Comforter:
Luke 4:1-2 reads, “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.”
- Jesus was led by the Holy Ghost or Spirit into the wilderness.
Acts 2:4 reads, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
- Apostles are filled with the Holy Spirit and preached the good news in other languages.
In I Corinthians 2:12-14, Paul is writing to the Christians in Corinth. He tells them, ” Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
- Christians receive wisdom from what the Holy Ghost or Spirit of God teaches.
Acts 9:31 reads, “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.”
- The Holy Ghost comforted the churches throughout all of Judaea, Galilee & Samaria.
Matthew 28:18-20 reads, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
- The Spirit or Holy Ghost is part of the Godhead.
- Christians are the be baptized in the name of “the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
Scripture tells us the Spirit of God dwells in the Christian.
In I Corinthians 3:16-19, Paul explains to the christians in Corinthians how the Spirit dwells in the followers of Christ. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”
Romans 8:5-9 explains that a certain mind set is required for the Spirit to dwell in you. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.“
Finally, scripture tells us that all comfort is of God and why God comforts Christians.
II Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
- God comforts us in our sorrows so that we are able to comfort those around us.