â€œBlessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.â€ Â Â (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
One of the titles of the Holy Spirit, especially as used in the King James Version, is His beautiful identification as â€œthe Comforter.â€ The Greek word isÂ parakletos, meaning literally â€œone who is called along side to help.â€ A familiar verse isÂ John 14:26: â€œBut the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.â€ He is our teacher, our guide, our helper, our Comforter.
The same word is also translated â€œadvocate,â€ meaning an attorney for the defense. In this capacity, it is applied to the Lord Jesus Christ. â€œAnd if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteousâ€ (1 John 2:1). Though we are guilty and lost sinners, He takes our side before the Judge, pleading the sacrificial offering of His own blood for our sins, and we are saved (1 John 2:2).
Even the Father is our â€œparaclete,â€ according to the verses cited above. He is â€œthe Father of mercies and the God of all comfortâ€ (GreekÂ paraklesis), and as we pray to our heavenly Father, He indeed does provide great consolation in every hour of trouble and sorrow.
Thus, each person of the Godheadâ€”Father, Son, and Holy Spiritâ€”serves as Comforter (â€œparacleteâ€) to the believer, as needed, who also has access to the â€œcomfort of the scripturesâ€ (Romans 15:4). But there is still another â€œcomforter.â€ Each believer receives such comfort so that we ourselves â€œmay be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.â€ HMM