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. (BBE)
Think about this
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 Holy Spirit—your Comforter and find true comfort.
Jesus promised another Helper that would be with you forever. That Helper is the Holy Spirit.
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 [John 14:15-18 and 26 (RKJNT)].
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. Rest in the care that the Spirit gives.
But you are not doing what your sinful old selves want you to do. You are doing what the Holy Spirit tells you to do, if you have God’s Spirit living in you. No one belongs to Christ if he does not have Christ’s Spirit in him. 10 If Christ is in you, your spirit lives because you are right with God, and yet your body is dead because of sin. 11 The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. If the same Holy Spirit lives in you, He will give life to your bodies in the same way. [Romans 8:9-11 (NLV)
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
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.”
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.
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)
And in the same way, the Holy Spirit helps [us in] our weakness; for we do not know what we ought to pray for [how to pray]. But the Holy Spirit goes to God on our behalf with groanings [in our hearts] that are not expressed [in words]. [Romans 8:26 (AUV)].
The Spirit reveals
Do you want to know what God has for you? Look to your Comforter for the answers. The Spirit reveals what God has in store for you!
God has shown these things to us through His Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who looks into all things, even the secrets of God, and shows them to us. 11 Who can know the things about a man, except a man’s own spirit that is in him? It is the same with God. Who can understand Him except the Holy Spirit?
12 We have not received the spirit of the world. God has given us His Holy Spirit that we may know about the things given to us by Him [1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (NLV)].
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 13:11 (NWB)].
Rest in knowing The Comforter is in you my friends in Jesus name. Be blessed—♥ Tim ☺.
Bible study Scriptures outline
Note: parenthesis (#) enclose the key verses.
Summary: Ecclesiastes 4:1-3; John 16:5-15 (13).
The Holy Spirit: John 14:15-18 (16 and 18) and 25-33 (26); 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 (16-17); Romans 8:1-11 (9-11).
Wrap-up: Romans 8:18-30 (26); 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (10-12); 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 (11).
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♥ Question for “the comforter”: Are you walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit?
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