THE COMFORTER AND TEACHER

SCRIPTURE TEXT:“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” — John 14:26

In some translations such as the King James Version, the Holy Spirit is called Comforter. The origin of this word denotes someone who enables those who are dispirited to be brave enough to cope with their particular circumstances – that is exactly what Jesus is telling us what the Holy Spirit will do.

He is the One who lives in us and with us turning our inadequacies into strengths that enable us to cope with the struggles in the Christian life.  Indeed, Jesus has not left us as orphans without hope but has given us His Spirit to help us, guide us and enable us to live to please God.

Significantly, Jesus says that those who live as if there is no God will not recognize the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This indicates that the Holy Spirit reveals Himself only to those who are willing to believe in and receive Jesus Christ into their lives as Savior and Lord. Only then can they experience God’s presence with them: helping, guiding, comforting and advising. Our success in life, from God’s perspective, depends on how much we obey Him.

Obedience only comes when we allow the Holy Spirit to come alongside us to help us.  In John 14:26 Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. The Christian life is progressive, in the sense that we are always learning. The more we know, the more revelation we have and it is the Holy Spirit who leads us deeper and deeper into the Truth of God.

Jesus also says that the Holy Spirit will remind us of all the things that He Jesus has taught us.  That is, the Holy Spirit will help us to understand the truths taught by Jesus, thus enabling us to apply these truths in our daily lives. Think of the many times you and I have been tempted to do something wrong when in comes for the Holy Spirit to remind us about the right conduct.  Many times we say “I was going to do so and so and something told me not to.”  Well is it not something but Someone – the Holy Spirit.

Prayer point: Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you understand the truths taught by Jesus.

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