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 this: 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.
“All comfort comes from him”, 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.
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
Let us take a closer look at the word ‘comforter’ (parakletos) in John 14:26.
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:
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 Holy Spirit that is in us.
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 [John 14:16-18 (RKJNT)].
Jesus must go so the Comforter can come
John 16:5-7 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. (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)
God is the source of all good comfort. Let him comfort your heart.
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 [2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (WEB)].
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)
May the one God, whose name is Jesus, bring you comfort in your time of need and always. The best comfort is comfort from God. Be blessed my friends—♥ Tim.
Scriptures to read and study
Note: parenthesis (#) enclose the key verses.
Summary: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (3-7); Psalms 46:1; Matthew 5:1-12 (4) and 6: 25-34 (33).
Holy Spirit: John 14:16-26 (25-28); 1 Corinthians 3:5-17 (16-17); 2 Timothy 1:13-18 (14). Psalms 86:16-17, 94:16-19 (19); Romans 15:7-13 (13).
Jesus: John 14:16-26 (16-18) and 16:5-15 (5-7); Romans 8:1-11 (9-11); John 7:37-39.
Wrap-up: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 (16-17); Revelation 21:1-8 (4-8).
Related Bible study and article:
♥ 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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