“Christ told us there would be other manifestations of the Holy Spirit, which would come to earth. He would go away – back to God, whom He loves. But we should not be sad because He would send others. He mentions the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth and a strait Gate or Door. They would speak His words, but not with His lips, and come with new names. This time I would like to explore the Comforter. I will tell you hints about His life and you can tell me who you think it is. Next time, we can talk about the Spirit of Truth and then, The Gate.”
16:7 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.
16:8 And when he has come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
16:13 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.
16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
14:26 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.
15:26 But when the Comforter has 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: 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (King James Bible, John)
7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(King James Bible, Matthew)
2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (King James Bible, Revelation)
The Comforter or Friend of God is sometimes referred to as the Apostle of God.
Obviously, He is a Bearer of the Holy Spirit, but who was He? Has He come to earth? It is said that the night He was born, his mother saw light streaming from Him, all the way up to the stars; the idols of the Ka’ba toppled over, in all the magicians and Zoroastrian temples, the fires went out on all the fire altars.
He was a poor young man who practiced several trades to make ends meet. He became known for the Purity of His life. They called Him the Trusted One. He married the love of His life, and theirs was one of the true love stories in history. They had a lovely and spiritually gifted daughter.
He often climbed Mt/ Hira, a cone-shaped mountain, where He first saw the Angel Gabriel veiled in a light, on a throne of fire!
As was typical, He was born into a cruel world where idolaters buried infant girls alive in the sand and dehumanized women in general.
At God’s bidding, He went out and faced these vicious mobs. Even His family counseled to leave things alone and not stir up trouble – not anger the gods “or else”.
Those who believed He spoke God’s Word were harassed, banished, harmed and Killed. Many said this man was a liar, not a Prophet. They said He could not have written a holy Book because he was poor and had never been educated or taught to write. Clearly, they thought He must be lying. They did not measure the truth of His words, with their meditative hearts and souls. If they had, they would have thrown themselves at His feet! Instead, they called Him enemy, they tried to discourage and threaten this gentle Being.
They rejected and persecuted that Wronged One. Where was the love of humanity? He met insults and danger with a lofty and patient trust.
He was humble. Milked the family goats. His family was poor. They never ate their fill of barley bread two days in a row. But He was strict with criminals, yet he forgave personal enemies. The most horrifying example for me is that when they were attacked, a man shoved a spear into His beloved daughter, who was heavily pregnant with His only grandchild, as she was mounted on a camel. If ever there was a day when this heavenly Prophet would say “Kill the infidel” it might have been that day. But no. The killer fell to his knees and begged forgiveness. And he was forgiven!
He was never the enemy of true believers of any Faith. He insisted His followers be respectful of and protectors for people of other Faiths. He introduced personal cleanliness and universities and told His people the world was not flat, long before science postulated the same.
So, who is this gentle, humble immaculate man? What other gifts did He bring the world?
Next Time the Spirit of Truth
Diane Olsen, Author/Writer