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Another Promised GEM of the Comforter doing “greater works” as our Defense Attorney!

God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you sparkle brightly in this PARTIAL SHARING of insights from Cobbey Crisler & others
as inspired by The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Spirit”
for Sunday, August 6, 2023

(Cobbey Crisler’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler janetcrisler7@gmail.com)
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus, warren@cedarscamps• 314-378-2574


LET’S “LOVE INTO VIEW” & LEAN ON OUR PROMISED COMFORTER / “DEFENSE ATTORNEY” TO USHER IN EVEN “GREATER WORKS” FOR ALL MANKIND!
Cobbey Crisler on John 14:12-17
(citation B15+pre- & postludes)

[Cobbey Crisler:] “There are greater works, the ultimatum of the application of what Jesus had introduced to earth. So, when he’s talking about greater works being done, through what agency will these greater works come? We find the Comforter is introduced.
“In John 14:12 Jesus makes a prophesy. He makes a prophesy in impersonal terms… “There are greater works, the ultimatum of the application of what Jesus had introduced to earth. So, when he’s talking about greater works being done, through what agency will these greater works come? We find the Comforter is introduced.
John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.”

[Cobbey continued:] “We should know enough about prophesy and have enough respect to realize that most of the prophets in the Bible, including Jesus, had a tremendous regard for prophesy. They knew that it had come from God, not from man. Similarly, we should know how to recognize the Comforter when the Comforter arrives…  The word “comforter” is parakletos, sometimes called paraclete…  translated “comforter” given by our King James Version. You will find, however, that The New English Bible does not use “comforter.” It uses “advocate.”  You’ll also find that I John uses parakletos and the King James translator of that uses “advocate.” 

“We should know that the word “advocate” is a technical word legally. It specifically means “defense attorney.” That has a lot of implications to it.  By contrast the name “Satan” in Hebrew is a technical term for “prosecuting attorney.” There you have the battle joined in thought.

“The Comforter is to come and defend man. We can see all the ways that Jesus had introduced various defenses for man…
John 14:16, “that he may abide with you for ever.” Is there a provision for a third revelation? The Comforter is apparently the final one.

John 14:17, “the Spirit of Truth.”  Notice how that counters Jesus’ definition of the “devil.”  What did he say about the truth?  It was the recipe for freedom (John 3:8).  So, it’s got something to do with that.  But there is also a communications problem.  The world “cannot receive.”  It’s not going to be a popular arrival.  “It doesn’t see him or know him.” 

“But, we will know, “because it’s within.”

“John 14:26 picks up the description.  “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.”  There’s another part of the list, identified with the Holy Ghost in Luke 3:22, the dove descending is the symbol of it. The words “dove” and “ghost” are feminine in the Greek, and the comfort aspect also introduces the feminine concept.

“The role of the Comforter “will be sent by God in my name.”   If one were to regard that literally, the Comforter’s name should at least have some recognizable aspect either relating to Jesus or to Christ.  Another aspect of the Comforter is “he will teach you all things.” 

“The role of teaching what? Is anything left out?  “All things.”  And at the same time, “it will bring everything back to human memory that Jesus said.”
“Book of John: A Walk with the Beloved Disciple”,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


“WE’VE ALL BEEN AWARE THAT THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM FOR ‘GREATER WORKS’… COLLECTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS…IN GOVERNMENTS… NATIONS… THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM …THE TOUCH OF THE COMFORTER’S MINISTRIES OF DIVINE LOVE”? Christine Irby Williams on “greater works…” (cit. B15, John 14:12+)

[Warren:] Christine Irby Williams nicely tackled the tough question of what works could possibly be greater than what Jesus did in a wonderful pre-camp inspirational talk to CedarS staff in May 2013 as well as IN part of an inspirational address for the Christian Science Nurses conference at CedarS in September. [CedarS was delighted to again host over 120 C.S. Nurses from all over the world during the first week of September 2019 and to be hosting another such gathering in 2025.]

[Christine Irby Williams in a May 2013 CedarS Pre-camp inspirational talk said, in part:]
Have you ever wondered what in the world Jesus meant by greater works?  It does sound a little daunting.  We read almost every week in the Bible Lesson something such as Jesus “went about…healing ALL manner of sickness and ALL manner of disease among the people.”  He fed 5,000 men plus women and children with what had appeared to everyone else as a few loaves and fishes.  He walked on water and suspended time and space.  He raised to life a child who appeared to have just passed away, a young man who was on his way to be buried, and Lazarus, who had been in the grave four days already.  And then, of course, he raised himself after the crucifixion, and he ascended. So, what could possibly be greater than any, much less all, of that?  I’ve often wondered, and I’m still pondering his promise…

“There has been one particular area in which it’s likely that we’ve all been aware that there is plenty of room for “greater works,” and that is working together, or what might be called collective demonstration: in families, church work, any kind of organizational work—in a church context or otherwise, in neighborhoods, in governments of all sizes, in nations, among the people, and in the world at large.  Would you agree with me that these are areas that could benefit from the light of Truth, the touch of the Comforter—the healing and saving ministries of divine Love? Might we be so bold as to think about tackling the environment? World peace? World hunger?  If not, why not?  If so, let’s get on with it!  Let us “then up and be doing,” as our Hymn [#18] says!”
Christine shared more inspiration on this & other topics at the 2012 Fern Lodge Annual Meeting.  First posted in Warren’s Met on “Christian Science” for 12-29-13

 

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