In John 14:16 KJV, Jesus gives us the promise, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.” He goes on to say in John 14:26 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.”
I have quoted the King James Version of these scriptures. Other translations use Advocate, Helper and Counselor. All are interpretations of the Greek word paraclete referring to the Holy Spirit. According to Wikipedia, “Paracleteos” signifies one who consoles or comforts, one who encourages or uplifts; . . . one who intercedes on our behalf as an advocate in court.”
The term Comforter comes from the Latin word confortare. “Com” expresses intensive force and “fortis” means strong. As our Comforter, the Holy Spirit helps us by coming along side us helping us live for the Lord. Zechariah 4:6, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”
The promise of a Comforter was prophesied in Joel 2:28, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” This prophecy was fulfilled in Acts 2:17.
Sarah Young shares about comfort in Jesus Always. Psalm 119:76 NLT says, “Now let Your unfailing love comfort me.” Sarah points out that the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, has a better grasp of what is happening for us than we can comprehend. So, I encourage you to grasp hold of the Comforter just as I grasped hold of my blanket or comforter.
Bill Johnson says in When Heaven Invades Earth that God gave us the Comforter because He knew His ways would occasionally make us uncomfortable. The Lord declares in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.” Johnson says we may not initially recognize the Holy Spirit when He manifests His presence in ways we are not accustomed to or in a manner we do not expect. These situations may cause us to feel uncomfortable. However, the Holy Spirit desires to be our Comforter in all ways as all times.
My comforter allowed me to be comfortable on a cold morning. There are times when the Holy Spirit will make me comfortable. However, there are other times when He will make me uncomfortable. God may push me out of my comfort zone challenging to me to grow spiritually through new experiences. I had to push myself to get out of bed and leave the comfort of my comforter. Otherwise, I would not have accomplished anything the Comforter was preparing for me that day.
When I was enveloped in my quilt comforter, I felt warm. I have also experienced the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as a feeling of warmth radiating through my body. Scripture describes the Holy Spirit as fire. After Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost. Acts 2:3 records, “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Hebrews 12:29 says, “for our God is a consuming fire.”
I was aware of the weight of my comforter when I huddled under the patchwork fabric. Similarly, I have felt a powerful weight on me when the Holy Spirit has descended. There can definitely be a weightiness to the Comforter. The Shekhinah glory is the English transliteration of a Hebrew word denoting the settling of the divine presence of God. The Comforter can settle upon us just as the comforter settled upon me, or covered me, while I was in bed. The Holy Spirit’s presence is often correlated with the glory of God. The Hebrew word for glory is kabod. And, the basic meaning of kabod is heavy or rich. II Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (my emphasis)
My comforter was an object. The Comforter is the third person of the Trinity. Jesus promises us the Comforter. He says in John 14:18 KJV, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Jesus also explains in John 14:26 KJV, “But when the Comforter is come,… He shall testify of Me.”
Such comfort I enjoyed from a comforter. So much comfort available to us through the Comforter.