Our Indwelling Divine Comforter

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 18 February 2017



John 14:16

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

Ephesians 1:13-14

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.


Jesus assured the troubled disciples that they would not be left alone to fend for themselves but would have a supernatural Comforter to aid them. The Greek word for “comforter” is“parakletos,” which literally means “one who is called (kaleo) alongside (para).” Jesus is saying, “I am going to send the Holy Spirit who will come alongside to comfort you.

What did Jesus mean by referring to the Holy Spirit as “another Comforter?” It is important to understand the word “another” correctly. The Greeks had two words that meant “another.” One was heteros, which means “another kind,” as in, “This garden has many roses. Another flower we have here is carnation."

It refers to something of a different kind. The second word is allos, and it is also translated “another,” but it means “another of the same kind,” as in, “I love this rose you gave me. I will buy another one from you.

Allos” is the word Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit. So “another (allos) Comforter” refers to the Holy Spirit as another divine person who is the same in essence as Christ. The Holy Spirit who has the same attributes of deity as Christ would love them as Christ loved them. The Spirit would comfort them just as Jesus did. Jesus had been their Paraclete for three years. He had helped and comforted them, and had walked alongside them. Now they would have another Helper, One who is exactly like Jesus, to minister to them as He had done for them.

His next words beautifully accentuated the message of comfort: “that he may abide with you for ever” (v. 16). Not only would the Holy Spirit come to dwell with them, He would never leave them. As soon as a person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit takes residence within that person and abides with him for ever.


(Read Romans 8:9b.)


Lord, Thank You for Your Spirit who is within me to provide me with Your consolations. Amen.