The Holy Spirit–Comforter and Teacher

John 14:26–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.

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The comforter–The Holy Spirit is the Comforter who has been sent to us by our heavenly Father in the name or in connection with Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit is given to each of us personally in order to comfort or soothe us in distress or sorrow.  He is with us to aid and support us.  He is in us to give us relief in times of grief, misery and suffering.

He shall teach you all things–The Holy Spirit is our teacher and the textbook is the word of God (the Bible).  He is going to teach us all things.  The classroom is the world.  He will teach us in our quiet time, Bible study, and in our worship.  He will teach us as we are going about our daily activities.  He will teach us in the circumstances we are going through.  He will teach us in the good times and in the bad times.  He will help us understand God’s word and how it applies to us, to others, to the world and to the things we face in this world. I remind my students in school all the time, “No school or teacher, no matter how excellent can give you an education that you will not willingly receive”.  We must be willing for the Holy Spirit to teach us.  Our willingness is to listen and pay attention.  Our willingness is to think about what is being taught, to ask questions, and to seek the truth.

He shall bring all things to your remembrance–He will remind us of the things Jesus has said to us.  As our Comforter and Teacher he will bring to our remembrance the word of God as it fits the circumstances we find ourselves in.  He will remind us of a scripture or scriptures that we are to apply to what we are going through.  In reminding us of these words, He will comfort us and teach us.  In reminding us of these words He will help us to deal with what we must face at that particular time.  He reminds us but we must apply the word by acting on it and obeying it.  He will also remind us of God’s words so we can share them with others causing us to be instruments in His hands in ministering to other people.  In this way we become laborers together with Him as He comforts and teaches others.  He reminds us but we must speak the words He reminds us of.

What a wonderful gift God has given us.  Let us not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit within us.