There was a story of a little boy that went to church and when he got home his mother asked him about his time there. He said that it was uneventful but that the Pastor said that he was going to get a blanket soon probably in the mail. When his mother questioned him further, he said the Pastor said that the “comforter” would come. 😄 You see, children take things literally.
Yes, the comforter would come, and He has come. So, who is this comforter? In John 14: 26 Jesus is speaking and says: “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. “ The word Comforter in Greek is parakletos which means consoler, advocate, and comforter. Jesus had told his disciples in John 16 that he was going away. This made them all very sad, because Jesus was their friend, and teacher. They did not understand why he was going to go away. They could not imagine living without him. In John 16: 7 Jesus is speaking again “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
Under the Old Covenant (Old Testament) the Holy Spirit only came upon the Prophet, the Priest, and the King. The ordinary person did not have any personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus had to leave through his death, burial, and resurrection to send the Holy Spirit that would be available to every believer. What a change that was! They could now hear directly from the Lord through Holy Spirit.
John 16:13 says “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” In a sense the Holy Spirit is like that blanket the little boy was waiting for. He wraps himself around you and brings comfort like none other. He brings truth to your inner man Spirit to spirit. He becomes the best friend you could ever have because he, like Father and Jesus is God. Together the three come to live within you and bring you guidance like none other.
Many teachers/preachers don’t teach on the Holy Spirit. Some don’t even believe in Him, but He is very real, and He convicts the unbeliever and draws them to Christ. He baptizes you into the body of Christ (not water baptism)and seals you unto the day of redemption, and He guides you and speaks to you to bring you the fullest life you could ever have. He indeed is the Comforter!