The Benefit of the Holy Ghost

The Benefit of the Holy Spirit : Handout

(Ecclesiastes 4:1-3)

In this lesson we are going to look at a phrase that shows up twice in verse 1. The phrase is “they had no comforter”. We are going to look at this phrase regarding the Holy Ghost and show the benefits of how he comforts us.

In verse 1 Solomon paints a negative picture of people on this earth. He says that there is a lot of oppression and that those who are oppressed have no comforter he also says that the oppressor has power and yet then again says that those oppressed have no comforter.

When we consider this view of the people on this earth it is easy to see why there is so much despair, depression, destructive behavior, and so many that contemplate suicide. So many today are oppressed by governments, poverty, health, and many other things it is no wonder so many have lost hope. Their oppressors seem to have so much power and we must remember that Satan is their oppressor as the God of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), and that he has great power (Luke 4:5-7 ; Ephesians 6:12 ; Hebrews 2:14).

But saved, born again people have a comforter which is the Holy Ghost (John 14:16-28). This is why we are different from the lost people in this world. This is why we can have hope despite what is going on around us.

Some ways that the Holy Ghost comforts us:

1)  He bears witness with us (Romans 8:16)

  • The Holy Ghost comforts us by bearing witness that we are the children of God.

2)  He teaches us (John 16:12-15)

  • Teaching can be a great comfort, especially when we learn that somethings we are afraid of doing are really simple with a little instruction.

3)  He gives us Power (Ephesians 3:13-21)

  • The Holy Ghost is the power that works inside of us and when we consider his abilities verses our own, we should have great comfort.

4)  He will one day resurrect us (Romans 8:11)

  • One of our greatest comforts ought to be knowing the we will be resurrected one day by the power of the Holy Ghost.

The Benefit of the Holy Spirit : Handout

(Ecclesiastes 4:1-3)

1)  What do we see in verse 1 regarding people on this earth?

2)  What does the answer from the above question lead man in the direction of?

3)  Who is the oppressor and what power does he have?

4)  What is said twice in verse 1 that we should pay close attention to?

5)  Who is our Comforter?

6)  What are some ways that the Holy Spirit comforts us?