The Comforter Brings Truth

The song-writer penned, “The Comforter has come.”  Indeed He has, and He brought Truth with Him.


John 15:26-27 – But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:  And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.


In many sectors of today’s society, more and more attention is being given to spiritual matters.  Now that is not to say matters of Holy Spirit, but merely spiritual matters.  In all that a great passage is opened for plethora of strange ideas to be floating about which people credit to Holy Ghost, while in fact, they have nothing at all to do with Holy Ghost.  In the purely intellectual sense of the matter, all this does is bring extreme confusion to the hearts and minds of people; NOT comfort.

Look once again at our Text for Today.  Holy Ghost is called the “Comforter,” NOT the confuser.  So how then can the believer, especially the young believer avoid the pitfalls of confusion that await anyone who dares venture into the spiritual realm?  The answer is found in our Text for Today.  Holy Ghost is the “Spirit of Truth.”  He testifies of Jesus, and He enables the believer to bear witness of the Lord Jesus.  these three functions identify Holy Ghost as the Comforter.

First, He is the Spirit of Truth, NOT fact, but TRUTH.  There is a difference.  Facts are true only so long as circumstances do not change.  Truth, and I am referring specifically to the truth of God’s Word, NEVER changes, regardless of circumstances.  For example, I could have a fever in my body as a result of a viral infection.  That would be a fact, but is only true as long as the fever is present.  But there is an eternal truth that does not change, regardless of the facts concerning my body, and that is the Biblical truth that “by the stripes of Jesus I was healed” – 1 Peter 2:24.  That is true even in the presence of a virus.  In other words, circumstances DO NOT change the truth of God, and Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Truth.  Know the Word, my friend, for if a statement or idea is not confirmed by the Word, it fails the test of real Truth.  And then there is the issue of bearing witness.  Holy Ghost testifies of Jesus.  if some other entity, named or unnamed, is the object of testimony, it does not arise from Holy Ghost.  This is a simple acid test of truth recognition.  Once again, you must know the Word.  And it is the Word that is the light of our witness for Jesus.  The believer’s salvation from pitfalls is the Word of God; always the Word; not tradition, but the Word; not religion, but the Word; the Word, dear friend, the Word. 

Manna for Today – John 15:18-27; John 16:1-16; Romans 8:28; John 14:15-17; 1 Corinthians 14:33; James 3:16



The Need to Know Father

It is a shame how little is known of Father in the modern church.


John 15:21 – But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.


At the very beginning, let us acknowledge that we belong to ONE God, manifest in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  We know them as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.  And while They are ONE, each member of what we call our Triune God-head, or the Holy Trinity, carries on different function and purpose in and through the church.  We can worship all Three and commune with all Three, but we should at the same time recognize the distinction of each member of the God-head and function towards them within the parameters set forth in the Scriptures

Father – He is the Creator.  He sent and gave His Son.  He has gifts stated in Romans 12 that are without repentance.  He it is to Whom we bring our petition and supplication.  Jesus said that in that day, the day of the church, that we should ask nothing of Him, but that we should convey our prayers to Father in the Name of Jesus.  Father is He Who upholds the Son on His right hand, and upholds all things by the Word of His power.

Jesus, the Son; the Word made flesh – He is seated on the right hand of Father, ever living to make intercession for us according to the will of Father.  Jesus is Lord of the Church, and it is in His Name that we bring out petitions to our Father.  It is in His Name that we have and exercise our power in the earth as sons of God.  It is to the Son that the believer confesses any sin he/she may commit, and by that confession, be cleansed from it by His blood.  But we do not bring our petitions and supplications to Jesus.

Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost – He is our Comforter.  We do not pray petition or supplication to Him; rather He helps us pray in the Spirit.  He is our Teacher, Revealer, Convicter, Convincer, Corrector, Guide, Leader, and remembrance giver of all the Lord has spoken to us.  He is the member of the God-head before Whom one confesses Jesus as Lord, believing He has been raised from the dead, so that one can be saved, or born again.

While this is in no way intended to be exhaustive in its content, it does present a foundation for differential recognition of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  We need more than to know ABOUT Them; we need TO KNOW Them distinctly and deferentially so we can experience a fuller, clearer, more powerful, and more meaningful relationship with each.  Take the time in the Word and in communion to know Them, for those who do not know Father, Him Who sent Jesus, will bring attacks upon the Church. 

Manna for Today – John 15:18-27; Matthew 5:1-12; John 10:30; John 17:22; Romans 12:1-9;  Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 1:7-9; Romans 10:9-10