The Comforter (Understanding John 14:16-18)

Posted Jun 20, 2012 by Bana Puru in The Spirit of God Hits: 2,986

 In the 14th Chapter of John, Jesus shared with the disciples an important gift that he was waiting to entrust them with, we begin the reading thus…

 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (John 14:16)

Firstly, we see that Jesus wanted to give the disciples “another comforter”.  What this implies is that if there is another comforter, there must be an original comforter.  Let us turn to the Bible and seek this answer.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2Cor 1:3-4 (Emphasis applied)

Here we see that the Original Comforter is “…God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (2Cor 1:3)

So then, with this in mind, who is that “another comforter”?  What we can safely conclude is that it is “another” comforter…someone who is like the Original Comforter.  Our question then is to find out “who”?

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”

What we see here is that it is a “he”, which identifies the “another comforter” as of masculine origin.

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.”

 
The another comforter is “the Spirit of truth”.  In the same chapter, verse 6, we see that Jesus Christ is the truth. So then, we can safely conclude that the Spirit of truth is synonamous to the Spirit of Christ.



The World cannot receive the Spirit of truth…why??? Because “…it (the world) seeth him (the Spirit of truth) not, neither knoweth him (The Spirit of truth)…”(v17)



Then Christ moves on to say “…but ye know him (Spirit of truth); for he (Spirit of truth) dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (disciples).” (v17)



Jesus then identifies the Spirit of truth in the next verse…



I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

 
To emphasis more on the spirit of truth, here is what inspiration tells us...

 

"Christ was the spirit of truth. The world will not listen to His pleadings. They would not accept Him as their guide. They could not discern unseen things; spiritual things were unknown to them. But His disciples see in Him the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And they shall have His abiding presence." SW, October 25, 1898 (Emphasis added).

 

So if we blend the above testimony with John 14:16-18, this is how it should read...

 

"16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth ("...Christ was the spirit of truth...).; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him (...The world will not listen to His pleadings. They would not accept Him as their guide. They could not discern unseen things; spiritual things were unknown to them.): but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (But His disciples see in Him the Way, the Truth, and the Life.).

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (And they shall have His abiding presence."). John 14:16-18 addit-SW, October 25, 1898 (Emphasis added)

The above shows the language that Christ spoke throughout the Book of John.  He used third and first person approach.  If we may see these things, we may here those beutiful words spoken by our Saviour...

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."John 10:27-28