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  1. Jeanne

    I’m not defending Graham Cooke or any other false prophet but I still think that calling the Holy Spirit the Comforter while reserving the term ‘advocate’ for Jesus Christ is appropriate. I believe the translators did this on purpose to distinguish the two. (It also supports the concept of taking the Scriptures ‘line upon line, precept upon precept’ instead of taking one or two verses out of context and establishing a doctrine on them.) I also believe our conception of the word ‘comforter’ may have changed some over the years. The first definition given by Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is as follows:

    1. One who administers comfort or consolation; one who strengthens and supports the mind in distress or danger.

    The second part of that definition certainly applies to the Holy Spirit as well as the first part, especially in times of persecution.

    • To follow the “line upon line, precept upon precept” idea, you have to consider the context of what is being referred to. It’s certainly a “comfort” to know we have an advocate, but this reference in John really has nothing to do with “comforting” in the sense of comforting someone who is hurting. This passage talks about obeying His Words and being reminded of His Words.

      • Jeanne Theunissen

        Weren’t the disciples hurting because they knew Jesus was leaving them? They didn’t yet realise that He was going to be crucified, but they were fearful at the thought of Him leaving, anyway. So in the broader context, I still believe Comforter to be appropriate.

        • That’s fine, and the idea of the Holy Spirit being a comforter is not without merit. 2 Corinthians 1 speaks of a “comfort” that comes in the midst of our tribulation… but keep in mind, this is “tribulation” that we are talking about here. I’m sure that we would agree that those who experience tribulation (especially the severe kind) are in need of (and deserve) this kind of comfort! This isn’t the type of “comfort” that the mainstream church promotes.

          • Jeanne Theunissen

            Now THAT I most certainly agree with you on. Too many ‘Christians’ also equate the term ‘tribulation’ with the Great Tribulation, too, not remembering the persecution all through the ages from the Roman Empire (e.g. Nero) and the Catholic Church down to the current tribulation Christians are going through in Muslim countries.

            There are other types of ‘tribulation’, too. After all, that is simply another term for trouble, and we all get that in everyday life. So, in that sense, the Holy Spirit is a Comforter for the mind in our daily frustrations, keeping our focus on God and His Word rather than the cares of the world.

            But my point is that even though many people might misconstrue the meaning, I don’t believe using the word ‘Comforter’ is an error in translation here.

            How many times in the New Testament does Jesus say ‘He that hath ears to hear, let him hear’? I take this to mean that a superficial reading of the Scriptures will not necessarily reveal their truth.

            Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

  2. Tracie

    Hi Kevin,
    The problem I’m having with the current messages in Christendom is the focus on self. Doesn’t the Holy Spirit glorify God? I can’t digest this man-centered gospel anymore. Everything seems to be about our own personal value rather than the magnitude of God’s grace and mercy.

    • I believe your right, it is a focus on “self.” They are listening to the messages put forth from false prophets and teachers whose only concern is for “self”… and you know what the Word says… “Out of the heart the mouth speaks!” This is a trend that is going to continue until the end of the age. I will definitely be commenting on this in the next couple posts. Thanks!

  3. Peter Gilmour

    Hi Kevin

    I always am checking your website for your blog posts, and I am always encouraged when I read your teachings. I believe what you are writing is from the Father, and too often Christianity has become too ‘cuddly and soft’. Jesus suffered on the cross for our sins so that we could live a holy life worthy of Him, not for us to be ‘cuddled’ by soft words. It was not ‘cool’ or ‘fun’ for Jesus to hang on the cross. It was extremely painful. He suffered for us in our place. I believe that what you say about the Holy Spirit being an advocate is correct, so keep up the very good work brother. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Also Ananias and Saphira were believers who lied to the Holy Spirit, Who then acted like an advocate and judged them worthy of physical death, so Scripture backs up your teaching. In fact, you are teaching from the Word anyway. I pray that God will continue to lead you and guide you as you follow Him.

    Peter Gilmour

  4. Brenda

    I think you are swatting at nats and swallowing camels. You’ve also judged Graham’s motives. I’m unaubscribing. We’re in a sp war right now in our nation and world. Stop nit picking the what the Spirit can or can’t do!

      • KJ

        If people will edit his videos frame by frame maybe they will see what is being hidden spiritually!

        Kevin you are so right on and others are speaking for Jesus and warning the church. Scripture is clear. The very elect will be deceived

        Your words are like apples of gold in pictures of silver!

        If everyone checks scripture against any teaching they will be shocked the error coming from Gods holy altars. We will be wise to test the spirits of anyone that trys to bring Jehovah down to our level.
        If we “ask for the truth” our Father will show us truth.

        I am thankful you love the Lord and stand with His truth!

        God Bless!

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