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John 14:16-18 - Holy Spirit of Christ -Another Comforter

Jesus was the WITH-dwelling Holy Spirit. After Pentecost He would be the IN-dwelling Holy Spirit. The word "another" is from words meaning "more of the same" not "different." In both cases this is Lord Jesus Christ. Classical trinitarianism saw God manifest in three natures as His creature, mankind, is manifested physically as body, soul and spirit. Neo-trinitarianism, a liberal nineteenth century invention, holds that God is really three person-like beings who are one only because they are made of the same God stuff.

An Intercessor or Mediator comforts by bringing the one in need to the One who can supply that need. As our flesh with its senses is the mediator or intercessor between the visible world and our invisible spirit, God Himself became flesh to become the Mediator between Flesh and Spirit. Only One who had been both flesh and Spirit would qualify.

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:18

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christs stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

Another Comforting Holy Spirit was Christ in Spirit

Jesus was both Father and Son among His disciples as He led them to "build a family name."

That is, His outward body reflected His inward, invisible Mind or Spirit.

When He returned to His glory, the Apostles would feel destitute or like orphans who had lost their father.

Jesus promised that He would not leave permanently but would be with and in them as Spirit of Truth or Mind.

If He did not return as full Deity the apostles would be orphans or fatherless because the Holy Spirit has never been illustrated as Father. Jesus told the worried apostles:

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter [parakletos], that he may abide with you for ever; John 14:16

Even the Spirit OF truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:17

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18

Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. John 14:19

At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. John 14:20

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:21

Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? John 14:22

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
.........he will keep my words: and
.........my Father will love him, and
.........we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23

He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Fathers which sent me. John 14:24

These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. John 14:25

But the Comforter [parakletos], 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. John 14:26

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you, If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. John 14:28

MY little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate [parakletos] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1Jn.2:1

REPEAT

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18

REPEAT

But the Comforter [parakletos], which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name,

REPEAT

MY little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate [parakletos] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1Jn.2:1

REPEAT

[A LIGH appeared] And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. Ac.22:8

THE COMFORTER IS:

Parakletos (g3875) par-ak'-lay-tos; an intercessor, consoler: - advocate, comforter.

The Comforter would bear the name JESUS CHRIST:

Jn.14:26 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.

FATHER-SON WOULD SEND THE SPIRIT:

Jn.16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

THEREFORE, HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST:

1Jn.2:1 MY little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon

Allos

I. Some other. II Repeated. allos kai allos, one or two; allo kai allo one thing after another

II. rarely like alloios, of other sort, different, Il.: hence

Does NOT mean alloios [allos] I. of another sort or kind, different

Similar words

eita used to denote the Sequence of one act or state upon another

I. of Sequence in time, without any notion of Cause, then, next

epischerô , Ep. Adv., ( [scheros] ) in a row, one after another

II. of Time, tris e. thrice successively, by degrees

loipos remaining over,

homos [akin to hama] one and the same, common, joint, Lat. communis, Hom., Hes.; homa phronein to be of one mind, Hes.

hama [Cf. homou, Lat. simul.]

I. at once, at the same time, Hom., etc.

II. prep. c. dat. at the same time with, together with

Jesus very clearly said that the another Comforter would be pure or Holy Spirit. However, He said that this was the same Spirit Who presently dwelled with the apostles in the form of flesh. After Pentecost, this "another" in a different form would dwell in them. From Paul we understand that He would live in the heart, spirit or mind of believers through the Word. Let's look at that again:

Christ as God left His Majesty to dwell in a human body.

Therefore, Christ as Spirit Sent Himself to be flesh.

The Father would send another Comforter Who could remain. The word is not heteros but homos: a fuller Spirit Christ.

This was the Spirit of Truth or Truth in Spirit form.

This Spirit of Truth dwelled with the apostles even as Jesus spoke.

This Spirit of Truth would dwell within the Apostles after Pentecost.

Jesus would not personally leave them orphans or without a Comforter

Then He said, "I will come to you."

The Spirit as both Father and Son would live in those who kept His commandments.

Another Husband of the Church was Christ as Holy Spirit

Paul confirms that the another would be heteros or different yet the same Spirit being. For instance, the death of Christ meant that the old marriage contract with the Law was dead. We simply die to the old, destructive "marriage." Then we are married to another Who will be Spirit instead of the first which was flesh or law. Let us look at that again:

Jesus was the present Spirit of Truth, Father or Comforter in the flesh.
As Father-Son in
Spirit form He would be Another Comforter.

Paul shows how this works:

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another (heteros), even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7:4

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit (as "children") unto death. Romans 7:5

The another and different was the same Jesus Christ Who had been raised from the dead by the Spirit which dwelled in Him. He was certainly different in the sense that He was the first born from the dead never to die again. He was another in the sense that He returned to the Spirit dimension.

If we are married to the Christ "person" and have fruit by the Holy Spirit "Person" as a separate "relative of the God family" (Boles) we wonder if we are a polygamists. The fruit of the Spirit (Comforter or father so they won't be orphans) is the fruits by Jesus Christ.

being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11

After His resurrection, Christ appeared in another form but He was still Jesus Christ with the nail prints in His hands:

And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. Mark 16:11

After that he appeared in another (altered) form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. Mark 16:12

Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. Mark 16:14

The Another or Different Comforter was Christ

The two words for another have much the same meaning. As another Comforter Jesus would be in Spirit form. This would be different because it would be as a fuller, but invisible, Intercessor. As another husband the Jews would be "married" to the resurrected Christ. As we noted, the fruit of the Spirit would be the fruit by the Husband-Father Jesus Christ. Look at the two proofs that the another Comforter is the another husband:

Jesus said that He would come as the another Comforter or in a different form. It would be more of the same thing:

Allos (g243) al'-los; a prim. word; "else," i.e. different (in many applications): - more, one (another), (an-, some an-) otherwise

Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened." Matthew 13:33

Like the promise to us, Jesus was changed:

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 1Co.15:51

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1Co.15:52

A moment means "indivisible time" or outside of time:

Atomos (g823) at'-om-os; from 1 (as a neg. particle) and the base of 5114; uncut, i.e. (by impl.) indivisible [an "atom" of time]: - moment

Allasso (g236) al-las'-so; from 243; to make different: - change.

And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: Heb 1:10

They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; Heb 1:11

And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. Heb.1:12

Paul said that the another was Christ. He was different from the flesh or law. The different Christ would be in Spirit form:

Heteros (g2087) het'-er-os; of uncert. affin.; (an-, the) other or different: - altered, else, next (day), one, (an) other, some strange.

"For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them." And they went to another village. Luke 9:56

The following passage shows that allos and heteros have much the same meaning:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different (heteros) gospel, Galatians 1:6

which is not another (allos); but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:7

The another Who is different is the Spirit Christ Who is the another or in a fuller level of life. We are married to "Spirit" which is Christ and Gospel. As such, we bring forth fruit (children, fruit or offspring) from our husband and not from another person of the "god family" who would be different. The fruit of the Spirit is the fruit of Christ because He is now pure (not mixed) or Holy Spirit: 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Galatians 5:22

And they that are Christs have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Galatians 5:24

If we belong to Christ as pure or holy Spirit then the fruit of the Spirit is the fruit of Christ Who is pure Spirit. Christ does not need a junior "relative" to be His surrogate husband.

Holy Spirit Proceeding from the Father was Sent By Jesus Christ

Christ was another in that He, Who was God, laid aside the garments of majesty and glory. Christ as God was revealed or manifest in the fleshly tabernacle or house of a human being. He died in the flesh but self-resurrected by the "Sending" Spirit Who had lived in his body. He returned and sat down beside the majesty of the Father or Sender which He had laid aside to become flesh. As Jesus said of the voice from Heaven, "This is for your benefit." In the same way, God's manifestation as Father-Son is for our benefit as we associate ourselves with an invisible Father Spirit. However, it does not define a literal Father who literally sired a literal son.

In this sense, the Word (like our words) proceeded from the Father through His breathed "Spirit." This was Jesus Christ as fully God laying aside His own glory and taking on the "body prepared for me." When Jesus Christ was Glorified to sit in heavenly places, He "received the promise" of the Father. He then laid aside any other "form" and proceeded from the Father to serve in pure or Holy Spirit Form:

Remember that the Word was God. He laid aside His Godly privileges and became a human being. When He returned to the Spirit realm He "sat down" beside the glory He laid aside to become a man. As Father-Son Jesus Christ could say: "I will send you from the Father." He did not say, "the Father will send Spirit without me."

The Spirit would proceed from the Father

When the Son Sent Him

Therefore, the Father and Son are One. Not two, side-by-side but Spirit in flesh.

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26

And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. John 15:27

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:6

Again, when Jesus Christ returned to His own throne or rule, and when He said I will send He meant that the Mind of Truth would proceed from the Father. At the same time He said: "I will come to you." The Apostles would know, and confess, that the Spirit presence was Christ the Spirit.

But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. John 16:4

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Jn 16:7

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8

As God the Father spoke through Jesus Christ the Son as He dwelled fully in him, after Christ's returned to receive back that which He laid aside to become human, He would come again in Spirit form. His presence in Spirit form would not be an evil spirit but a Holy Spirit. It would be Jesus Christ, full Deity, speaking through Spiritual or mental means:

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. John 16:12

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John16:13

He shall glorify (render glorious) me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:14

Because God manifested Himself in flesh or Son, whatever belonged to the Father belonged to the Son. This could not be true unless they are the same Spirit Being illustrating Himself as Father-Son.

The only way that John Doe can have everything which belongs to the President of John Doe Company is that John Doe is the President of John Doe Company. If only in their separate identity and being able to "stand side by side and face to face and hold committee meetings," it could not be said that everything the First Person had belonged to the Second Person. The Son could not have everything the Father has and still need to hold "committee meetings." The identity is stated by Jesus: "My Father and I are One" in a numerical sense:

All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:15

A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. John 16:16

Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? John 16:17

I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. John 16:28

In a figurative sense, when God laid aside His Majesty and glory and put on the garment of flesh, in some sense He escaped from His invisible, Spirit form and became visible:

Ecerchomai (g1831) ex-er'-khom-ahee; from 1537 and 2064; to issue (lit. or fig.): - come (forth, out), depart out of, escape, get out, go (abroad, away, forth, out, thence), proceed (forth), spread abroad.

This does not speak of the "Son person" taking leave of the "Father and Spirit" persons. Rather, when He laid aside His glory He came out of His Spirit form to be flesh. Other uses of this word illustrate this:

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Matthew 2:6

Jesus showed how a Spirit can come out of one form of dwelling and enter into another:

And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. Matthew 8:32

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Matthew 12:43

Again, Jesus said clearly that:

I will not leave you comfortless (Fatherless): I will come to you. John 14:18

Christ Returned as Holy Spirit to Continue His Teaching to the Apostles

As a human, Christ began the teaching process. This was to prepare a few selected men who would be apostle-prophets and confirm without a doubt that He was God with them as Isaiah prophesied. However, as a man-to-man communicator He was limited because His audience was limited. He would have to "get into their mind" or spirit to finish the work:

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. John 16:12

When the Spirit of Truth came it was not be a "co-equal" god better equipped to make this "the age of the Holy Spirit" than either of the other "members of the god family." No. This Spirit of Truth would be in their minds or spirits in a "direct operation sense." He would not even have a single word with which to finish the work of Father-Son.

As Jesus as full Deity spoke it would be understood by a Spirit-to-spirit communication. In the same way, my mouth (double-edged sword) blows air or wind or spirit to form words. God the Spirit would do this in ways we do not understand.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth (The I in Spirit Form), is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. Jn 16:14

All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:15

The Word, Who was full Deity, sat down or assumed the authority and privileges as God and it was Jesus Christ Who poured out everything which was both seen and heard.

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise (announcement) of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. Acts 2:33

The Word, Who was God, sent Himself as the Son. As the Son He had the Father with Himself

The same Glorified Word, Who returned to His Majesty then sent His Spirit or Mind. When Jesus sent the Spirit or Mind, typified by tongues, it came from Himself as the Father or Sender. In another analogy, the Father is the Sender while the Son is the Sendee. The Spirit is the Mind of Full deity which God was competent to put into words.

Note the logical sequence:

Christ was God Who laid aside His glory as Father to become the Son

He said that the Comforter was presently with them but would later be in them.

Christ would return and "sit down" beside the Glory and Majesty He laid aside to put on a human body.

He promised to send another Comforter and said "I will come to you."

This would be because He had more things to teach them which could not occur as flesh o flesh but must be Mind to mind.

The Holy Spirit as "another form" would proceed from the Father

This meant that Christ as full Deity would send the "another form" to live in the mind.

The Spirit of truth or "the mental disposition of God's Mind" would not be a separate person with His own thoughts and words. Rather, the Mind in the minds of the apostles would deliver the words coming from God's own Mind.

The Spirit would come wearing the name Jesus Christ because Holy Spirit is not a name.

When the "another comforter" guided Paul into all truth it was the Spirit form of Jesus Christ.

When the Spirit prevented Paul from something it was the Spirit of Christ or Christ in Spirit form.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, Colossians 2:9

Kenneth Sublett
 

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