Another Comforter

Yeshua said He would not leave us as orphans. He said the Father would send another Comforter. Who is the second Comforter?

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In the Messianic Era, the LORD will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. He will place His Holy Spirit within the hearts of His people. The departing Messiah promised His disciples that the Father would send them another parakletos. The word literally means “one alongside.” In the Roman world, a peraklit functioned as something akin to a defense attorney or legal counselor in a court of law. English Bible translations differ in their translation of the word: comforter, advocate, helper, counselor, and so forth. In five different sayings, Yeshua uses the word as a title for the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of Truth.”

He told the disciples, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another peraklit, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). The implication is that, up until that time, Yeshua had served the disciples in the capacity of peraklit. To compensate for His absence, God would send them a replacement.

The Hebrew behind these sayings has a slightly different shade of meaning. The Greek Bible uses the term peraklit translates the Hebrew menachem, which means “comforter.” The rabbis used the word “Comforter (Menachem)” as a title for the Messiah derived from Isaiah’s prophecies about the consolation of Zion: “Comfort, O comfort My people” (Isaiah 40:1). According to Jewish sources, the title Comforter functions as an equivalent for Messiah. In the gospels, righteous Simeon the priest was “waiting for the consolation of Israel,” which meant he was waiting for Messiah (Luke 2:25).

Yeshua told His disciples He was departing, but He promised them “another comforter.” He promised them the holy, anointing Spirit of God that rested upon Him.

The Father sends the disciples a comforter that the world does not see or know. The world cannot see the Spirit, and what they cannot see they cannot know. The disciples, on the other hand, already know the Spirit, “because He abides with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). The Spirit had abided with them in the person of Yeshua; henceforth, the Spirit would abide within the disciples.

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