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Allos – Comforter in the New Testament

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160 times in 141 verses the word “allos” is used in the Greek New Testament. BUT, because most don’t speak Greek, we’ll use the English translations. =)

Why? Because we are at the Passover time. This is what Christ was speaking of 2,000 years ago…

The verse in question that uses the word allos is John 14:16,I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” Believers in the one true God of the Bible (in light of John 17:3) believe that in John 14:16, Christ is speaking of Himself as the “Comforter.”

Comforter, five times only

First, please notice the context of each of the five times the word “Comforter” is used:

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth [See John 14:6, describing where Jesus mentioned Himself as the 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 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. [If Christ doesn’t leave us comfortless, He would leave us comforted!]
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
John 14:21 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 14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? [Judas understood that Christ was referring to Himself.]
John 14:23 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 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
John 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.
John 14:27 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 15:26 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 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.
John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
John 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
John 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. [“…by the Lord God of heaven and the whole angelic family.” Lt30-1895.17 — “…The agency of the Holy Spirit, which Christ purchased by His death, will bring condemnation to the world.” Ms113-1899.23]

1 John 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.

Why study this topic?

“Would it not be well for the members of the churches to devote some time to earnest prayer, and to the study of the words of Christ concerning the Comforter? Christ sent the Comforter upon his disciples when they were earnestly praying for it, and were as one in their desires and petitions.” RH January 20, 1891, par. 7

Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter. “The Comforter,” said Christ to His disciples, “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, 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.”” Ms7-1902.10

“The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die, is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them, saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” Christ has all power in heaven and in earth, and he can strengthen the wavering, and set right the erring. He can inspire with confidence, with hope in God; and confidence in God always results in creating confidence in one another.” 1888 696.1

Not speaking of Himself?

What about when the Bible says, “he [the Comforter] shall not speak of himself,” yet here we are saying the Spirit is that of Christ? Notice the wording of the text (as just taking that part would sound like it does now), “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.” (John 16:13). Consider again, John 14:24-26 on page 1.

Notice what happens here:

1 Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify [declared, not the same as Revelation 1:1], when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

We can see from these texts, that the Spirit of Christ was in the Old Testament (OT) testifying of Himself in the future human form (or the incarnation to come), and now, currently, in the New Testament (NT) it, the Spirit of Christ, is testifying of Christ when He was here on earth as a human. His life on earth is the only example we have as humans of a human life that was lived perfectly righteous. May His life be glorified in all of us!

Allos [another, one, other(s), some]….

Matthew 2:12 another way.

Matthew 4:21 he saw other two brethren.

Matthew 5:39 cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 8:9 soldiers… to another, Come, and he cometh.

Matthew 10:23 persecute you in this city, flee ye into another.

Matthew 12:13 Stretch forth thine hand… restored whole, like as the other.

Matthew 13:5 Some fell upon stony places:

Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns:

Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable.

Matthew 13:31 Another parable.

Matthew 13:33 Another parable.

Matthew 16:14 Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some.

Matthew 19:9 wife… shall marry another.

Matthew 20:3 About the third hour, and saw others standing idle.

Matthew 20:6 found others standing idle.

Matthew 21:8 multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches.

Matthew 21:33 Hear another parable.

Matthew 21:36 Again, he sent other servants.

Matthew 21:41 destroy those wicked men… let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen.

Matthew 22:4 sent forth other servants.

Matthew 25:16 made them other five talents.

Matthew 25:17 he also gained other two. [talents]

Matthew 25:20 other five talents… five talents more.

Matthew 25:22 two other talents beside them.

Matthew 26:71 another maid saw him.

Matthew 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save.

Matthew 27:61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary.

Matthew 28:1 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.

Mark 3:5 his hand was restored whole as the other.

Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground.

Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns.

Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground.

Mark 4:36 there were also with him other little ships.

Mark 6:15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet.

Mark 7:4 many other things there be, which they have received to hold. [traditions]

Mark 7:8 tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things.

Mark 8:28 some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

Mark 10:11 put away his wife, and marry another.

Mark 10:12 married to another, she committeth adultery.

Mark 11:8 others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

Mark 12:4 he sent unto them another servant.

Mark 12:5 he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing.

Mark 12:9 destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

Mark 12:31 love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater.

Mark 12:32 there is one God; and there is none other but he:

Mark 14:19 one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?

Mark 14:58 destroy this temple… within three days I will build another made without hands.

Mark 15:31 He saved others; himself he cannot save.

Mark 15:41 many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

Luke 5:29 a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

Luke 6:10 his hand was restored whole as the other.

Luke 6:29 smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;

Luke 7:8 soldiers… to another, Come, and he cometh.

Luke 7:19 Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

Luke 7:20 John Baptist hath sent us… Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

Luke 9:8 some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets.

Luke 9:19 John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets.

Luke 20:16 destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others.

Luke 22:59 one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying…this fellow also was with him.

Luke 23:35 He saved others; let him save himself.

John 4:37 One soweth, and another reapeth.

John 4:38 other men laboured.

John 5:7 while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

John 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me;

John 5:43 I am come: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

John 6:22 none other boat there.

John 6:23 there came other boats from Tiberias

John 7:12 some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

John 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

John 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

John 9:16 he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man…do such miracles?

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold.

John 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil.

John 12:29 heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.

John 15:24 works which none other man did, they had not had sin.

John 18:15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple.

John 18:16 Then went out that other disciple. [See PrT February 2, 1899, par. 3]

John 18:34 Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

John 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him.

John 19:32 brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

John 20:2 Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved.

John 20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

John 20:4 the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first. [See 12MR 420.4]

John 20:8 that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.

John 20:30 many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples.

John 21:2 and two other of his disciples.

John 21:8 And the other disciples came in a little ship.

John 21:18 thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee.

John 21:25 there are also many other things which Jesus did.

Acts 2:12 were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other.

Acts 15:2 and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem.

Acts 19:32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another.

Acts 21:34 some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude.

1 Corinthians 1:16: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

1 Corinthians 3:10 I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you. 

1 Corinthians 9:12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather?

1 Corinthians 9:27 when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 Corinthians 10:29 why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?

1 Corinthians 12:8 to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:9 to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 14:19 that by my voice I might teach others also.

1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

1 Corinthians 14:30 revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

1 Corinthians 15:39 one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

1 Corinthians 15:41 one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars.

2 Corinthians 1:13 For we write none other things unto you.

2 Corinthians 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:

2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus.

2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; …the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 5:10 ye will be none otherwise minded.

Philippians 3:4 If any other man thinketh.

1 Thessalonians 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others.

Hebrews 4:8 would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Hebrews 11:35 others were tortured.

James 5:12 swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath.

Revelation 2:24 I will put upon you none other burden.

Revelation 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red.

Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east.

Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar.

Revelation 10:1 another mighty angel come down from heaven.

Revelation 12:3 another wonder in heaven.

Revelation 13:11 I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth.

Revelation 14:6 I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven.

Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen.

Revelation 14:15 another angel came out of the temple.

Revelation 14:17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven.

Revelation 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar.

Revelation 15:1 I saw another sign in heaven.

Revelation 16:7 I heard another out of the altar say.

Revelation 17:10 seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come.

Revelation 18:1 I saw another angel come down from heaven.

Revelation 18:4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people.

Revelation 20:12 the books were opened: and another book was opened.

Speaking in the third person

John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

John 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

John 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

John 14-16 – Parables

John 16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

Another Jesus

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Comforters

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Whom Jesus Loved”

John 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

John 21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?