“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”
John 14:16 (KJV)
Father Matta El-Meskeen (Matthew the Poor)
HE GREATEST GIFT from the Father and Son is the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the greatest gift because he is one with the Father and Son.
God sent his Son into the world, and the Son became the great mediator between
God and man.1 As if by inescapable necessity, the Son took the initiative to ask the
Father to send this the greatest comforter, extending from the Father. It was through
the Son’s great familiarity with the Father and extreme closeness to man that he did
this, so that in the end man would have a connection of life and existence with the
Father and Son and Holy Spirit, none of whom can in any way be excluded from the
others because they are one.
Immediately following this, Jesus Christ revealed to us the greatest mysteries of the
Father and Son and Holy Spirit. He said, ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I
am in you.’2 So in an exceedingly mysterious way, the oneness of the Father and the Son
was revealed, and then our oneness with the Father and Son. Naturally and by necessity,
the extremely mysterious element in the oneness is the Holy Spirit, for he is the one who
unites us in Christ and the Father. The entrance of this oneness that man has obtained is
the Son who by the Holy Spirit took on his body from the Virgin Mary. We find that the
Son ties the keeping of his commands3 and faith in him as a condition for entering into
the Son, and the Son entering into us. So it follows that the Holy Spirit, whom Christ
openly requested from the Father for our sakes and who is in himself a person, stays
with us and is within us.4 He stays with us as a companion and leader in the way; the
way which is the Lord Jesus, and he is in us to give us life with the Father and Son.
Christ called him ‘another Comforter’ in view of the fact that he, Christ, is the first
Comforter for man.
This mystery which we now uncover and reveal, that the Son is in the Father, we are
in the Son and the Son is in us,5 is the greatest of the theological mysteries. We
approach it in fear and respect and the openness of faith, with a humble heart and a spirit
bowed down in order to receive this truth which is the truth of truths in Christian
We say this to the reader so that he receives his portion and eternal inheritance in
the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is the abiding mystery in holy baptism in
which we receive our divine, spiritual birth in the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. Christ did not leave us orphans6 when he finally ascended to heaven, for he
gave us into the care of another Counselor who fills us completely, teaches us divine
truth, leads us in the way which Christ established by his body on the cross and
opens life within us, which is the life of Christ. So we become one in him and him in
us, as an eternal confirmation of our salvation, giving us an inheritance in all the
possessions of the Son and his glory. Another truth we must reveal to the reader is
that the Father himself has adopted us. He has become our most holy Father, so that
we no longer feel we are estranged from the promise and inheritance of Israel.
Rather, he has made us among the first saints, ‘members of God’s household,’7 and
we will live with them through our life in Christ. The entire Old Testament is no
longer a stranger to us; rather, we are truly counted first class sons of Abraham and
possessors of all the ‘very great and precious promises.’8
July 24, 2005
8 2 Peter 1:4.
2 John 14:20.
3 See John 14:15.
4 John 14:17.
5 See John 14:20.
6 See John 14:18.
7 Ephesians 2:19.
1 See 1 Timothy 2:5.
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