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Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 Bible in Basic English (BBE) And again I saw all the cruel things which are done under the sun; there was the weeping of those who have evil done to them, and they had no comforter: and from the hands of the evil-doers there went out power, but they had no comforter. 2 So my praise was for the dead who have gone to their death, more than for the living who still have life. 3 Yes, happier than the dead or the living seemed he who has not ever been, who has not seen the evil which is done under the sun.
- Something to think about:
- Would you want to live in a world where The Comforter (the Holy Spirit) does not exist? Was there a time in your life when you did not allow the Holy Spirit to help you? Some people use drugs, alcohol and other things to give them what The Comforter does. Do you have true comfort or joy? Is your life a wreck? Only God through His Spirit can give us what we need when we need it. Those who hurt others need The Comforter as well. Now is the time to put your faith in The Comforter and find true comfort.
- Key Points:
- The Holy Spirit does more than give God’s children comfort. We must read and study the Scriptures to know the other ways it helps us. Some of the answers are included in this Bible study.
- Would you like to know God’s truth (word)? Let the Spirit of truth teach you. In John 14:16-17 Jesus the Father will give another Comforter to be with us forever, the Spirit of truth. Verse 26, He says the Comforter, the Holy Spirit will teach you all things…
- Some believe the word “Comforter” does not show the fullness of what the Holy Spirit does and can do. Has God’s Spirit done more the bring you comfort? Has He helped you in other ways? Please share what the Lord has done for you through His Spirit.
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John 14:15-18 and 26 (RKJNT) If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another ComforterG3785, 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. 26 But the ComforterG3785, 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.
Are you ready to dine on the word of God. Today I offer a full-course meal of Spiritual comfort food. Our heavenly Father, the masterful Comforter, ‘who has loved us, and has given us eternal comfortG3784 and good hope through grace, ComfortG3870 your hearts, and establish you in every good work and word [from 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17].’ Like a good parent, the Fathers comfort is always with us, forever, it does not come and go.
Words from God our Comforter
Psalm 94:12-14 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) O Lord, blessed is the person whom you discipline and instruct from your teachings. 13 You give him peace and quiet from times of trouble while a pit is dug to trap wicked people. 14 The Lord will never desert his people or abandon those who belong to him.
2 Timothy 4:5 (AMP) As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.
1 Peter 5:7 New Living Translation (NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. John 16:27 Open English Bible (OEB) for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came from the Father.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) The Lord will come from heaven with a command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the dead who believed in Christ will come back to life. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive will be taken in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. In this way we will always be with the Lord. 18 So then, comfort each other with these words!
Moreover, the Holy Ghost is an active Comforter: He does not comfort by words, but by deeds. Some comfort by “Be ye warmed and be ye filled, giving nothing.” But the Holy Ghost gives, He intercedes with Jesus; He gives us promises, He gives us grace, and so He comforts us. He is always a successful Comforter; He never attempts what He cannot accomplish. Then He is an ever-present Comforter, so that you never have to send for Him. Your God is always near you, and when you need comfort in your distress, behold, the Word is nigh thee, it is in thy mouth, and in thy heart; He is an ever-present help in time of trouble.—The Holy Spirit a Comforter – Sermons By C.H. Spurgeon
Philippians 2:1-4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us, the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit, and the mercy and kindness he has shown us. If you enjoy these blessings, 2 then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. Be united in your goals and in the way you think. 3 In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. 4 Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.
Such, indeed, is the work of the Comforter, that Comforter who comes as the breath of the risen Christ into every heart that believes on Him; and at the moment, the instant of belief.—The Holy Spirit: Work of the Comforter—Isaac M. Haldeman, How to Study the Bible, excerpt from Chapter 3: An Address on the Holy Spirit.
According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary (1901), The Comforter, is “the name given by Christ to the Holy Spirit. The original word is Paraclete, and means first Advocate, a defender, helper, strengthener, as well as comforter.”
- Greek definitions
- G3875 Comforter παράκλητος parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos) n. 1. (properly) one called near (to give help) 2. an intercessor (one who entreats of behalf of another) 3. a comforter
summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid
c. in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant
1. of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom—Greek lexicon based on Thayer’s and Smith’s Bible Dictionary plus others; this is keyed to the large Kittel and the “Theological Dictionary of the New Testament.” These files are public domain.
- G3870 Comfort παρακαλέω parakaleo (par-ak-al-eh’-o) v. 1. (properly) to call near (as to receive or give help) 2. to implore, entreat (to urgently ask (for mercy or help)) 3. to exhort (to urgently counsel, encourage or admonish) 4. to comfort. To address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.
- G3784 Consolation, comfort from the Greek, παράκλησις paraklesis (par-ak’-lay-sis) n. 1. an imploration, entreaty (urgent request (for mercy or help)) 2. an exhortation (urgent counsel, encouragement, or caution) 3. a comfort, solace, consolation. That which affords comfort or refreshment thus of the Messianic salvation (so the Rabbis call the Messiah the consoler, the comforter)
Acts 9:31; John 14:15-18 (focus verses: 16-17); Romans 15:7-13 (focus verse: 13); Ephesians 1:3-14 (focus verses: 13-14); Philippians 2:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 (focus verses: 16-17); 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (focus verses: 3-4); 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (focus verses: 16-18); Psalms 119:73-80 (focus verse: 76)
Psalms 119:73-80 (BBE) Your hands have made me, and given me form: give me wisdom, so that I may have knowledge of your teaching. 74 Your worshippers will see me and be glad; because my hope has been in your word. 75 I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me. 76 Let your mercy now be my comfort, as you have said to your servant. 77 Let your gentle mercies come to me, so that I may have life; for your law is my delight. 78 Let the men of pride be shamed; because they have falsely given decision against me; but I will give thought to your orders. 79 Let your worshippers be turned to me, and those who have knowledge of your words. 80 Let all my heart be given to your orders, so that I may not be put to shame.
The God of comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (RKJNT) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we abundantly share in the sufferings of Christ, so through Christ we also abundantly share in comfort. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which works in you when you patiently endure the same sufferings which we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is steadfast, knowing, that as you are partakers of our sufferings, so you also partake of our comfort.
The Comforter calms, lifts you up and gives support. He is there in times of sorrow and hardship. Put your faith in The Comforter to remove worry and fear. That is just some of what our Comforter—the Holy Spirit will do, will you let The Comforter comfort you? ‘Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you‘ [excerpt from 2 Corinthians 3:11 New Webster Bible (NWB)]. Rest in knowing The Comforter is in you my friends in Jesus name. Be blessed—Tim.
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