Another Comforter

Did you know that Jesus loves you? The disciples had traveled with Jesus and served on His personal staff. They had to think that they arrived but then one day He announced that He was going to leave. This made them sad. Jesus went on to tell them that He would send another Comforter to be with them.

But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:6-7)

The word expedient means better. Jesus was leaving and told them that His going away was better for them. This would require them to walk by faith. They had personal access to Him and had to wonder what would have been better.

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. (John 14:16-17)

There are two words that we need to focus on in John 14 – “another” and “Comforter”. This tells us that they already had a Comforter. Jesus was their Comforter. He told them that it would be “expedient” (advantageous or more profitable) for them if He went away. The reason was that He would send them the Holy Spirit. Jesus had been with them but the Holy Spirit would be in them.

The word “Comforter” literally means “one called to one’s side” or “to aid or help”. The Amplified Bible brings out seven descriptive names:

  • Comforter
  • Counselor
  • Helper
  • Advocate
  • Intercessor
  • Strengthener
  • Standby

The one word that I prefer is “Helper”. All of the other words are forms of providing help.

We have the Comforter dwelling in our spirit and if we learn to look to Him, He will help us directly. I thank God for prophecy, tongues and interpretation, and godly counsel but they are not what we are to look for when we are seeking guidance!

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (1 John 2:20)

We have an unction inside of us that comes from the Holy Spirit. This is what makes our covenant better! If Peter were talking to Jesus and John wanted to ask a question, he would have to wait until Peter was finished. Jesus was living in a human body. He was not available when He was sleeping or conducting a meeting. The Holy Ghost has taken up residence inside of every Christian. He is available twenty-four seven. This is why Jesus said our covenant was better.

I can be driving down the road getting counsel from the Holy Spirit while you are sitting at your kitchen table talking to Him. This is what makes our covenant better. It is even better than being with Jesus when He walked on the earth.

Christians have the Holy Spirit living inside of their Spirit. He is personally available if we will look to Him.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. (Hebrews 8:10-11)

The Holy Spirit has taken up residence and He will teach us the laws of God. It does not matter what our position in life is because we can all know Him from the lowest levels of society to the highest. It is such a privilege to have Him inside of us. He is the divine guide and He will lead us if we will just learn to look to Him.

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