2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. We ourselves receive comfort from God. (NIRV)
Think about: Comfort from God
- God our father is the source of comfort. He is the perfect model of a good parent. He does all to make sure that His children are at ease and well. Our Father comforts us when we are in trouble. He wants us to use that same comfort to bring comfort to others when they need it. “God of all comfort”, comfort in this verse in its simplest form means help. This type of comfort is more about helping than merely giving relief. God helps / comforts us so we can help /comfort others. [Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-11; I suggest the (GNT)]
- We must let the Holy Spirit (the Comforter), that lives in us, help us. Make no mistake, God gives us all the help we need. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (KJV)
- Jesus and the disciple’s had trouble. If we obey God, we will too. During times of trouble, God gave them comfort, He will do the same for us. 2 Corinthians 1:5-7 For as we undergo more of the pain which Christ underwent, so through Christ does our comfort become greater. 6 But if we are troubled, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which takes effect through your quiet undergoing of the same troubles which we undergo: 7 And our hope for you is certain; in the knowledge that as you take part in the troubles, so you will take part in the comfort. (BBE)
- God’s focus is the yet-to-come in heaven not the here-and-now on earth. He promised food and clothing for now, but a life without sorrow is yet to come. Matthew 6:33 So, you should put the kingdom of God and what He says is right first [in your lives], then all these things [i.e., food, drink and clothing] will be provided for you. (AUV)
Matthew 5:4 “Those persons who feel grief [over their sins] are blessed because they will receive comfort [from God when they repent]. (AUV)
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John 14:25-28 These things I have spoken to you while I am still present with you. 26 But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard how I said to you, I go away, and come again to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go to the Father: for my Father is greater than I. (RKJNT)
NOTE: the word comforter comes from the Greek word (use Strong’s number G3875) παράκλητος parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos) n. 1. (properly) one called near (to give help); helper 2. an intercessor (one who entreats of behalf of another) 3. a comforter
This chart is the result of reading the verse in 130 versions of the Bible. There were 11 English words / phrases used for parakletos. Forty-four used the word comforter; Wycliffe’s 1395 version was the first. Here are four of the top five:
- Helper (used in 37 versions – (ACVI); (Diaglott 1864; the first to use helper in place of comforter); (Anderson); (TCNT); (JMNT); (EGNT)
- Advocate (used in 16 versions) – (MACE 1729; the first to use advocate in place of comforter); (LO); (Rotherham); (WNT); (ASWNT)
- Counselor (used in 11 versions) – (Riverside); (CENT); (WEB); (NHEB); (ALT)
- Paraclete (used in 10 versions; the first was the Vulgate 400 AD) – (Etheridge); (DRB); (IGNT)
Parakletos – comforter
God cares about and loves you. He wants to live in you as your private source of comfort, the Holy Spirit. Can He be any closer than that? What a caring God we have. Once in you, He is with you at all times. Always there to help you. Just knowing that He is there should give you comfort.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, which you are. (WEB)
2 Timothy 1:14 [Also] guard that precious treasure [i.e., the Gospel message] which was entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit, who lives in us. (AUV)
Comfort relates to the body and to the mind. It makes a person feel good and calm. It is to ease the pain of trouble or sorrow. To comfort is to soothe by giving a feeling of hope. It helps erase the worry and bring back cheer.
How do we get comfort from God?
We must know that God gave comfort to His people before the Holy Spirit. Then, He worked mostly through others to care for those who worshiped Him. Now, He works through us by the Spirit that is in us.
- “O be turned to me and have mercy on me: give your strength to your servant, and your salvation to the son of her who is your servant. 17 Give me a sign for good; so that my haters may see it and be shamed; because you, Lord, have been my help and comfort.” Psalms 86:16-17 (BBE)
- “Who will give me help against the sinners? and who will be my support against the workers of evil? 17 If the Lord had not been my helper, my soul would quickly have gone down into death. 18 If I say, My foot is slipping; your mercy, O Lord, is my support. 19 Among all my troubled thoughts, your comforts are the delight of my soul.” Psalms 94:16-19 (BBE)
- “Remember your word to your servant, because you gave me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has revived me.” Psalms 119:49-50 (WEB)
- “Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God. Speak you comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she has received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1-2 (AKJV)
- “Then young women will rejoice and dance along with young men and old men. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them. I will replace their sorrow with joy. 14 I will satisfy the priests with rich food. My people will be filled with my blessings,« proclaims Jehovah.” Jeremiah 31:13-14 (NSB)
- “The church in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria now had a time of peace and kept on worshiping the Lord. The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow.” Acts 9:31 (CEV)
- “May God, who inspires our hope, grant you perfect happiness and peace in your faith, until you are filled with this hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (OEB)
John 14:16-18 And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17 That is the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see him, neither does it know him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (RKJNT)
Jesus must go so the Comforter can come
John 16:5-15 But now I go to him who sent me; and none of you asks me, Where are you going? 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is for your good that I go away: for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. 8 And when he has come, he will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you will see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Yet when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of his own accord; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall take what is mine, and shall show it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore I said that he shall take what is mine, and shall show it to you. (RKJNT)
Why did Jesus point out that He had to go away so the Comforter could come? Did Jesus go away and come back as the Comforter?
- “Now on the last and greatest day of the Festival [of Tabernacles], Jesus stood up and spoke out, “If anyone is thirsty he should come to me for a drink. 38 As the Scripture has recorded [Note: The following is not an exact quotation from the OT, but echoes Isa. 58:11 and Zech. 14:8], ‘Streams of life-giving water will flow from the person’s heart who believes in me.’” 39 Now He said this about the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive [See Acts 2:38]. For [at that time] the Holy Spirit had not yet been given, since Jesus had not yet received splendor [in heaven].” John 7:37-39 (AUV)
- The answer relies on your knowledge of Jesus. A future Bible study, ‘One Spirit’ will give more details.
Romans 8:9-11 You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God is in you. But if any man has not the Spirit of Christ he is not one of his. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him who made Jesus come again from the dead is in you, he who made Christ Jesus come again from the dead will in the same way, through his Spirit which is in you, give life to your bodies which now are under the power of death. (BBE)
Jeremiah 31:1-14 (key verses: 13-14); Matthew 5:1-12 (key verse: 4); 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (key verses: 3-4); Isaiah 25:8-9, 35:10; Matthew 6:19-21, 25-34 (key verses: 19, 25 and 33); John 14:1-6 (key verses: 2-3); John 14:16-26 (key verses: 25-26); Acts 26:19-23; Philippians 1:27-30; 1 Peter 3:13-17; 1 Peter 4:12-19 (key verse: 19); Hebrews 4:14-16; Ephesians 2:19-22 (key verse: 22; 2 Timothy 1:14); Ephesians 4:8-13 (key verses: 10 and 13); Job 15:7-13 (key verse: 11)
John 14:19-24 A little time longer, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me; and you will be living because I am living. 20 At that time it will be clear to you that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I in you. 21 He who has my laws and keeps them, he it is who has love for me: and he who has love for me will be loved by my Father, and I will have love for him and will let myself be seen clearly by him. 22 Judas not Iscariot said to him, How is it that you will let yourself be seen clearly by us and not by the world?
23 Jesus said to him in answer, If anyone has love for me, he will keep my words: and he will be dear to my Father; and we will come to him and make our living-place with him. 24 He who has no love for me does not keep my words; and the word which you are hearing is not my word but the Father’s who sent me. (BBE)
Endless comfort from God
From Eden to Grace (from the beginning until now), comfort from God has come in many ways. Ultimately, the God of all comfort will bring endless ease and well-being to all who obey Him.
- “And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and lewd men, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:4-8 (Webster)
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word. (WEB)
May the one God, whose name is Jesus, bring you comfort in your time of need and always. Be blessed my friends—♥ Tim.
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♥ Question for “Comfort from God”: Are the gentle words spoken to you, which give comfort from God, too little for you? Job 5:11 (NLV)
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