Do we know Him? There are only two ways: we either walk in rebellion, or we walk with
Him. We must be careful that we are not presumptuous.
Will we presumptuously say we know the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus
Christ? What is implied by the comfort of the Holy Spirit? Sorrow is
felt, there is a spirit of mourning over sin ("Blessed are they that
mourn: for they shall be comforted," MAT 5:4), and mourning over having
been separated from God, which comes from the Holy Spirit. Yes, we know
Him, because He has revealed the precious things of Christ unto us and
He has so blessedly applied God's Word, "for he dwelleth with you, and
shall be in you."
What is implied by the comfort of the Holy Spirit? Without sorrow and
mourning a comforter would be a meaningless. I extended my sympathy to
a man who had lost his brother, but he jerked his hand back and said,
"Sympathy! What a blessing!" There is no comforting those who feel no
sorrow. Our need for a Comforter implies that we mourn over sin and
2CO 1:3-4 says, "Blessed 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." It is a tremendous blessing when we can fellowship
in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, when we can comfort each other in the
tribulations that the Lord leads us through, because we have been
there. We can be instruments in the hand of the Lord to get one
another's eyes fixed on Christ.
The church of Christ receives the comfort of the Holy Spirit in three
First, He testifies of Jesus Christ. JOH 16:14 says, "He shall glorify
me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." ACT 19:2
asks, "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?" You may
answer that question with another question: Has He ever come into your
wounded, sin-sick, defiled soul to testify of the fountain that is open
"for sin and uncleanness," ZEC 13:1?
Second, the Holy Spirit is a Teacher and Reminder. JOH 14:26 tells us,
"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." When David was in great
straits at Ziklag, he could strengthen himself in the Lord because the
Holy Spirit reminded him of former deliverances and promises.
The Holy Spirit made it possible for the psalmist to say in PSA 92:4-6,
"For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in
the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy
thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool
understand this." A fool cannot look back and talk about the wonderful
works of God; that is the work of the Spirit.
Third, the Holy Spirit is the grantor of prayer and supplication. How
often we reach our wits' end, yet when our hearts are finally able to
fall before the throne of grace, we immediately feel a sense of
deliverance. ROM 8:26-27 says, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our
infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but
the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot
be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind
of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according
to the will of God." When we receive the help of the Spirit to pour out
our hearts to the Lord over our grief, we have comfort.