Who Is The Comforter In The Bible

Who is the Comforter in the Bible? The word “Comforter” is a transliteration of the Greek word parakletos which literally means “called to one’s side.” In both the gospel of Matthew and gospel of John, Jesus says that “the Holy Spirit will come later.”

The Comforter is a gift from God which was given by Jesus Christ. It is the same gift that was promised to us by Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit, and it is available to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ.

Many Christians believe that by praying to the Holy Spirit, they are actually praying to God. Therefore, some conclude that the Holy Spirit is actually God encompassed in one single individual. However, that would be a misunderstanding of what the Bible has to say about this topic. The Bible does not say that there are three separate entities, but rather one single Holy Spirit. There can be no doubt that God is omnipresent. I am reminded of this each time I read a Psalm and it says “where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the grave, you are there” (Psalm 139:7–8).

Who is The Comforter in the Bible (John 14)? Jesus mentioned The Comforter in John chapter 14, verse 26. Who is this “comforter” we have access to? The Holy Spirit of God. Jesus or Yeshua Ha Mashiach said whoever believes on him will have “abundant peace.”

Who Is The Comforter In The Bible

The Greek word for “Comforter,” parakletos, is in the masculine gender, while pneumais (“spirit”) in the neuter gender. Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “spirit,” ruach, is in the feminine gender.

Consequently, it cannot be deduced that this parakletos is a personality any more than we could say a German pen is a girl and a German pencil is a boy—even though the article die in die Feder (the pen) denotes a feminine word and der in der Bleistift (the pencil) denotes a masculine word. It may be surprising to learn that “girl” in German, das Madchen, is neuter in gender.

Before the Norman Invasion in 1066, English was as much an inflected language as German or Scandinavian. Modern English has only one article, “the,” to use for its nouns, while Old English differentiated between masculine articles, se mann (the man); feminine articles, seo hlaefdige (the lady); and neuter articles, daet Maedgen (the girl, showing its relationship to modern German).

M.R. DeHaan, oblivious to this grammatical differentiation, gullibly asserts in his tract on the Holy Spirit that there has been a faulty translation of the original text into the English Bible. With cocksure, sophomoric naiveté, DeHaan complains that, in many cases, the Spirit is spoken of as “it” or “that” instead of “he,” “him,” or “whom.” To give an example, he quotes Romans 8:16 (KJV), “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit.” However, since in this particular verse the pronoun is auto and denotes the neuter gender, the pronoun itself is correctly rendered.

Who Is The Comforter In The Bible

The Holy Spirit is called the “Comforter” in some English translations of the Bible. For instance, the American King James Version translates John 14:26 as, “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, whatever I have said to you.” Similarly, the American Standard Version, King James Version, and English Revised Version all translate the Greek word paraclete as “Comforter.”

Paraclete, like many Greek words, is hard to translate into English because there is no perfect English equivalent. Basically, a paraclete is “one who is called alongside”; the implication is that a paraclete gives support or help of some kind. Used only by the apostle John in his gospel and first epistle, the word paraclete refers to the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; and 16:7) and, in one instance, for Jesus (1 John 2:1). In each case, the word can be translated as “Helper,” “Counselor,” “Comforter,” or “Advocate.” Translating the word as “Helper,” as the ESV and NKJV do in the gospel passages, provides a more encompassing term for the different aspects of the Holy Spirit’s ministries. He does more than comfort, after all; He also guides, seals, baptizes, regenerates, sanctifies, and convicts.

Jesus stated He would send “another” paraclete (John 14:16), meaning that He Himself had served as a paraclete during His earthly ministry. He had been the One guiding the disciples, but now He would send the Holy Spirit as their Guide and Counselor and Comforter. In context, Jesus is comforting the eleven faithful disciples during the Last Supper, telling them not to be afraid and promising that their sorrow would turn to joy (John 14:1; 16:21). He would be leaving them, but another Helper or Comforter would be on the way—God would send the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 24:49). When the word paraclete is used of Jesus in 1 John 2:1, translations are nearly unanimous in using the word advocate. Jesus is our intercessor before the Father.

God comforts His children. He is the “God of all comfort,” and we can know His peace even in the midst of trials: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:3–5).

God comforts us in many ways: through the wonderful promises of His Word, through fellow believers, and of course through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. The Spirit is our Comforter, and He is so much more: our Counselor, Encourager, and Helper. He is always present to bring comfort to the children of God (Psalm 34:18; 139:7–8).

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