Comfort from the Comforter

          When students of the Bible think of “The Comforter,” we usually think of the Holy Spirit. After all, Jesus referred to Him as The Comforter in John 15:26. “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (KJV). Other versions of the Bible translate the word used for Comforter – parakletos in Greek – as Helper (NKJ and NAS) or Counselor (NIV). All four translations accurately translate the word explaining to us that the Holy Spirit is our advocate, consoler, and intercessor.

            All that being true, I discovered a proof text that shows us that The Comforter is God, thus proving that the Holy Spirit is God, further proving the Trinity. Second Corinthians 1:3-4 states, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (NKJ). This verse is clearly talking about God, explaining that He is the One who comforts us. Each of the five times the word “comfort” is used in this verse, it is translated from the same root as was used in John 15.

         What a reassurance it is to know that God is our Comforter through the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, according to the Second Corinthians verses, not only does He comfort us “in all our tribulation,” but He also allows us to extend the comfort we received from Him to “those who are in any trouble.” In other words, the comfort God gives us is so awesome that no matter how bad off we are and how much comfort we need, there will still always be enough to pass on to someone else.

          Yes, rely on God the Holy Spirit for comfort in times of need, but let’s remember to eventually lift our eyes past our own pain. Let’s not hog all the comfort for ourselves, but be open channels letting the comfort flow to others needing the same kind of relief.
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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on September 10, 2012.

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