A Light for My Path Devotional

The Comforter, Part II: Who is He?

Read The Comforter, Part I: Jesus’s Promise

JOHN 14:26-27 (KJV)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Can you imagine what it was like to be one of the disciples when the Holy Spirit came up on them? Jesus, their beloved Master and Teacher, had gone back to Heaven to be with His Father. No doubt, confusion mingled with anticipation as these men awaited the coming of the Comforter He promised to send them. Then, while they were celebrating Pentecost, fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits (Leviticus 23), they heard the sound of a mighty rushing wind that filled the whole house. They saw what looked like tongues of fire that rested upon each one of them. Suddenly they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke with other languages they hadn’t even studied. In the days that followed, these Spirit-filled disciples preached and taught with power and boldness that they’d never known before, (Acts2). Thousands turned to Christ all because the Comforter had come. The excitement, the joy, and the thrill they experienced must have been beyond measure!

But who was this Comforter? He was, and is, the living Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, who dwells within the hearts and lives of all believers. He is not a power, a force, nor an influence. He is not an “it”; He is a person. He does things only a person can do (speaks, teaches, guides, etc.), and He exhibits the three primary personality characteristics: intellect (Luke 2:12), emotion (Romans 8:26), and reason (Ephesians 1:17).

Look back on the words Christ spoke to the disciples in John 16:7-13 when He promised He would send a Comforter to be with them. Thirteen times in those six verses the Lord used the personal pronouns “He” and “Him” in speaking of this One. Never did the Lord Jesus refer to the Spirits as “It.”

But, you may say, In Romans 8:16 and 26, the King James Version of the Bible says, “the Spirit itself”. Doesn’t that indicate that this Comforter was not really a person? No, because although the translators of the King James version of the Bible chose the term “itself”, in the original Greek manuscripts, “Himself” was the actual term that was written.

This indwelling Person whom the Lord sent to His followers works with compassion and conviction to conform us to the image of Christ. He is alive and active! Read through the Book of Acts and you’ll see that He was ever present with the believers. He empowered them, He directed them, He encouraged them, and He did miracles through them. Indeed, He is the true and living Person given to comfort, guide and change us. But He is more–He is assuredly the third Person of the Holy Trinity.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the person of the Holy Spirit that You give to all those who trust in You. It’s exciting to know that He indwells us and enables us to live for You.

Words to Ponder:
“Joys are flowing like a river,
Since the Comforter has come;
He abides with us forever,
Makes the trusting heart His home.

–from “Blessed Quietness” by Manie P. Ferguson

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright, Ann Shorb, 2013

Scripture taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.

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Skits for Fun and Learning is a collection of 15 puppet scripts and 5 articles on the subject of success with puppet ministries. The articles and scripts have been written by Dr. Ann Shorb and the book is available for purchase as a paperback, or as a PDF download.

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