Ed Rabel "Holy Spirit The Comforter"
This is an audio recording of Ed Rabel speaking about "Holy Spirit The Comforter". Ed begins by discussing authority. He says that Jesus, who declared that "all authority has been given onto me", recognized a higher authority which he called by three names: the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth and the Holy Spirit.
14:23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 14:24He that loveth me not keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me.
14:25These things have I spoken unto you, while yet abiding with you. 14:26But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.
15:26But 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 bear witness of me: 15:27and ye also bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Ed continues by quoting Charles Fillmore Talks on Truth 133:
3. It is safe to assert that no one can know the doctrine of Jesus Christ without going direct to Him for information. The writings of the New Testament known as the four Gospels are the most reliable external guide. When these are studied with unbiased mind, it is perceived that Jesus delegated no ecclesiastical power to anybody; that He did not formulate His doctrine or authorize any other human being to do so. Jesus appointed one teacher: "The Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you."
Ed elaborates on the following passage and says that Charles Fillmore has properly explained how God as principle is truly much more. From Charles Fillmore Talks on Truth 135:
11. The Holy Spirit is designated in Scripture as personality and as not always existing for the consciousness of humanity in uniform degree ...
13. The function of the Holy Ghost, or Spirit of truth, implies distinct personal subsistence: He speaks, searches, selects, reveals, reproves, testifies, leads, comforts, distributes to every man, "searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." ...
15. The Holy Spirit is the law of God in action; in that action He appears as having individuality. From this fact the Hebrews got their concept of the personal, tribal God, Jehovah.
What is truly much more, is the Comforter. Ed proclaims that it is a perfect name. It is the third and necessary part for the holy trinity. But Ed goes further. He also proclaims that the Holy Spirit is goodness in action. What this means is that the 2nd person of the trinity, the perfect image and likeness of God, is not just a "divine ideal" (an abstraction) but also an expression of that ideal in us. It is our personal experience of perfect being.
Ed closes with four affirmations:
The living, loving presence of God fills my mind and heart.
The comforting power of God gives me peace and strength.
The goodness of God is active in all areas of my life.
In God I live and move and have my being.