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Another Helper; the Holy Spirit

“I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper,

that He may abide with you forever”, John 14: 16

 All over the world, people are looking for help. When a child is born, it needs help to grow. When ones goes to a foreign country, they quickly have to learn how to politely ask for help. When someone gets lost, what they need most is assurance that help is on the way.

Humans have invented machines to help in as many ways as possible. These days in every modern kitchen, you will find a dish washer to help wash up the dishes. In the laundry, washing has been made easy by the help of washing machines. Cars, planes and even bicycles have been invented to help humans reach places they would otherwise never have dreamed of going. At school, we need the help of the teachers to excel. Married couples need the help of the experienced to stay connected. In whichever way you may look at it, we all need the help of another to achieve our goals.

In the same way, when God created Adam, He saw that he needed help in order to fill the earth and subdue it. Alone he was lonely and God saw that it was not good for him. He therefore made him a helper comparable to him, Genesis 2:18,

“And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him”.

Adam needed a helper to perform the hard task before him. The Hebrew word for helper is Ezer, meaning a “helper like unto God”. On CBN website, Professor David Eckman, Senior Lecturer at Kesed Seminars, in his article “Woman: Man’s Helper or Slave?” says, “When God provided a helper for Adam, He used a glorious Hebrew word for helper: Ezer and it means “helper like unto God”. Describing Ezer, David quotes the Hebrew bible,

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not a beneficial thing for the man to be alone. I will make for him an Ezer who is his complement or equal”. 

Greg and Lizzie and SophiaThis shows us that when God provided a helper to Adam, He made her like unto Himself; that is in His own image, but equal to Adam in order to bring a substantial help to him. Unfortunately, many times when we see the word ‘helper’, we think of some one of a lower status and many believe that God created Eve lower than Adam. But it is not soEzer was a helper like unto God, comparable to Adam.

We all know that when one looks for a helper, one looks for a strong one, not a weak one, otherwise why would one need one? For instance, if you needed a guard, you would not look for a weak one, as he would not be able to defend you in times of trouble. In the same way, God did not provide a weak helper to Adam. The helper had to be strong, or even stronger than Adam himself to bring a significant help to him.

Ezer as Professor David says is a divine word to designate Eve, humanity’s first helper. This then brings us to the conclusion that Ezer Eve or helper Eve was  a God-like gift to Adam; strong and perfect. Without her, Adam was lonely and still waiting. She was to comfort him, keep him company, encourage him, and stand with him in obedience to the Word of God. In other words, the Ezer’s basic responsibility was to help Adam fulfil God’s mandate on earth. Adam needed her and without the Ezer, Adam was incomplete. She was his strength and his fulfilment.

Twice in the Old Testament is Eve referred to as Ezer, Gen 2 verses 18 and 20 and in both instances it was before the fall. This is because after the fall which is in the next chapter, the Ezer ceased to be a strong helper. Because of sin, she had plummeted from a strong helper to a weaker helper, thus the words of Peter in 1 Peter 3:7, “She is the weak vessel”. Because of sin, the Ezer was now to be ruled over by the man she was created to be equal to, “Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you”. Sin paralyses us, sin immobilises us, sin disorganises us, sin misplaces us and sin gives us names.

On seeing her after the fall, Adam did not mess with words by trying to cover up his feelings but this time he called her Eve, a prophetic insight meaning mother of creation. Eve became Eve after the fall. She was Ezer all along. With Ezer weakened, she could not perform to full potential her original duties ie to gird, surround, and hence defend Adam. Because of this, God Himself decided to move in and fill up the gap, becoming man’s strong helper, Israel’s helper in times of trouble. That is why we see the word ezer used many times in the Old Testament referring to God as Israel’s strong helper or strong Ezer like in Psalms 46:1, Psalms 108:12, Psalms 115:9, Psalms 118:7.

On their website, www.godswordtowomen.org  “God’s Word to Women”  describing God as the Ezer, the writer points out that the context of every use of the word ezer in the scripture refers to God or military allies. The writer continues and says that in all cases, the one giving the help is superior to the one receiving the help. I believe it too, as in every way, God is Supreme to us. Any form of aid He offers is superior. I can liken it to someone with a headache taking normal nurofen to fight it. If with time normal nurofen fails to bring the pain down, the doctor will prescribe you a much stronger one, say nurofen plus. In the same way, after the Ezer had failed, a stronger aid was needed to be able to bring a significant help to both Adam and Eve, this time not Adam alone.

Interesting, it was Eve who first recognised and acknowledged God as a helper when after the birth of her first born she declared,  “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man”, Gen 4:1, NIV . Yes, God moved in and became the first couple’s helper, Israel’s superior and strong helper.

But it was a temporary position that was waiting for the rightful person at the right time. After the fall, everything pointed to the future. Even Adam calling his wife mother of creation was pointing to the future.

And the future will always come no matter how long it may take. Because of His abundant love for mankind, God gave man a second chance and reprogrammed the beginning. There is no third chance or forth chance or fifth chance with our Father because He does not keep a record of any sin, Psalms 130:3. If there was a third or fourth chance, that would mean He is keeping a record of our sins. But in Him every chance is a second chance as His mercies are new every morning, Lamentations3:22-2. He does this that we may learn to fear Him, Psalms 130:4 and in Him, there is no last chance. Despite this, as Paul says in Romans 6, we should not continue to sin that His grace may abide.

As I said, out of this abundant love and mercy, Jesus the very word that Adam and Eve disobeyed in the garden became flesh, as John says in John 1:1, and came to us as second Adam or another Adam, Corinthians 15:45,

“The first man, Adam, became a living person. But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven” NLT.

In believing this Word rather than doubting it as the first couple did, one breaks away from Adam’s disobedience which results into death, to Christ’s obedience which gives life. Which means that when God give us Christ as the second Adam solved the Adam part, or finished Adam’s legacy, for Jesus is the second Adam, but what about the Ezer part or the helper’s part? What about Eve’s legacy as the Ezer, the strong helper?

You may ask what about God Himself being Israel’s strong helper? Yes as I said, God was Israeal’s strong helper in times of trouble (Yahweh Sabbaoth) as He would never abandon us but He was filling in the gap as Israel waited for redemption. And besides, during that time God was a Helper to Israel alone. The whole world needed a helper as much as it needed a Saviour, not only Israel.

Let me put it this way; if God was kind enough to give us a second Adam, or another Adam, He had to be fair enough to give us a second Ezer or another Helper, or else His solution to the problem would not balance as the only way Adam was complete was with Eve, the Ezer. In other words, the Eve part would be left hanging thus giving the enemy another chance.

But our God is a loving Father, He leaves nothing unfinished. He finishes whatever He starts and His work is always perfect. To solve this, God had to provide another helper or a second helper and this Jesus Himself declared in John 14:16,

“I will ask the Father to give you Another Helper that he may abide with you forever.  He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He will be with you and will be in you”.

Here, we see Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit as the “Another Helper”, and I would like to draw your attention to the word “Another Helper”. Jesus using the word “Another” clearly signifies that there was a helper before and this is Eve the Ezer, “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him”.

In proper grammar no one would use the word “another” unless they were referring to a previous of the same kind. I am not English but I believe one does not have to be English to work this out. When the Holy Spirit pointed out to me the use of the word “Another”, I was amazed. Going to my husband, I asked him when would one use the word another. To him, it was obvious and he said, “When referring to a previous thing of the same kind”. For instance, if I said to a friend, “I bought another red dress”. She would definitely know that I had bought another one of the same kind before and I believe she would ask, “What happened to the other one?” or “Can I see the other one as well”.

In the same way, Jesus referring to the Holy Spirit as “Another Helper” was not a mistake. He knew very well that there was another helper before the Holy Spirit and that was Eve the Ezer, Adam’s wife. I want you to keep in mind that I am not saying that the Holy Spirit is Eve, but what I am saying is that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the same ministry as that which was originally for the Ezer. I want you also to remember that Eve was not Eve until after the fall. She was created to help Adam rule the earth and subdue it. She was the Ezer, the helper which is a ministry and the church today is in the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

We can also put it this way. If you came to my place and I give you a driver called John. After six months, John resigns or dies or quits and I give you another driver called Mary, Mary would not be John though she would be doing the works that John was doing for you. But that does not make her John. In the same way, the Holy Spirit to be our helper does not make Him Eve but He is doing the ministry of Ezer that Eve was created to do.

Man needed Another Helper who would never compromise truth for deception, a helper who would stand against the wiles of the enemy. And this is the Holy Spirit of God. Like Eve the first helper who was created comparable to Adam, the ‘Another helper’ the Holy Spirit is comparable to Jesus Himself the second Adam but incomparable to man. With the Holy Spirit in us, we are complete, just as Adam was complete with none but Ezer the helper.

It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. This is quite right, as according to the bible, during the battle between Adam and satan, the first thing the devil attacked was the truth of the word of God, convincing Eve that what God told them was not true. That is why Jesus told the disciples that He would send them the Spirit who is to reveal the truth of God thus bringing to surface the lies of the devil.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit as Another Helper is the ministry God had designed Eve the first helper to do. The strength of Adam was Eve and the ministry of Eve was to help Adam just as the strength of every child of God today is the Holy Spirit. Paul says in Ephesians 6:10, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”. Without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing for God and without Him; we cannot see God’s power manifested in our lives and ministries. Without the Holy Spirit, things become mechanical, turning into religion.

It was not only the Ezer who lost her position but Adam too lost his natural power to rule the earth. After the fall, He had to exert by force his authority and power over anything to get the results he desires as the enemy had come so close to him than at any time. For the first time in his life, there was need to keep eye out for danger. The horse had to be subdued in order for him to ride on it. The ground could not yield its abundance to him but through toil and sweat as God said

“In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life”, Gen 3:17. And in verse 19, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread”.

When you look deep into this toil and sweat, you will discover that God was referring to prayer. Adam had to toil and sweat in prayer to get results of anything. And in Gethsemane, Jesus the second Adam toiled in prayer to the extent of sweating blood so that you and I would become children of God. Today, we too have to toil in prayer for God’s will to be done on earth as it is done in heaven. But we cannot do it on our own strength. We need the Helper, the Holy Spirit to intercede for us for we do not know how to pray,

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”.

As in the garden it is stated that God saw that Adam was alone and therefore needed a companion, Jesus also saThe dovew that once He is gone, we shall be alone which makes one vulnerable.  So Jesus said in John 14:18, “I will not leave you orphans, I will come back to you”. Without the Holy Spirit, we are alone, powerless and vulnerable like an orphan, open to all the attacks of the enemy. Eve was a God given gift for Adam just as today the Holy Spirit is a God given gift to the church.

As we saw in 1 Corinthians 15:45 that the natural body comes first, then the spiritual comes later, “What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later”, the first helper Eve came first as a natural body and the second helper the Holy Spirit came later as a Spirit. Adam the first man was made from dust of the earth, while Christ the second man came from heaven. To this, Ezer the first helper was made from dust while the Holy Spirit is infinite, from God Himself.  As God took Adam’s own rib to make Ezer the first human helper, on Pentecostal day God gave us His Spirit to be with us forever, Acts 2:4.

At the right time the second Adam came, and later at a right time, the second helper or the Another Helper the Holy Spirit came. God restored the beginning and there is now no difference between male and female, we are all filled with the Holy Spirit, Galatians 3:28. With the Holy Spirit in us, we are strong in the Lord in the power of His mighty, Ephesians 6:10 .

In conclusion, Ezer Eve was the first helper. After failing, God sent us Another Helper, the Holy Spirit and hence, the title of my next book; “Another Helper; the Holy Spirit.

8 Responses to Another Helper; the Holy Spirit

  • Mirembe says:

    A very great insight into the Holy Spirit. Waiting for the next episode.

  • An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little homework on this. And he actually bought me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this topic here on your web page.

  • Greg says:

    Wow! This article is packed full of revelation. Thanks! I’ve made a copy as I need to read it again, and again. Regards Greg :cool:

  • WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

    God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and trutH
    John 4:24

    Defining the Holy Spirit is limiting Him because He is Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent and therefore indescribable. He is equal to the Father and to the Son but with another ministry. Putting it all together, we can simply say according to John. 4:24 that God is Spirit and the Holy Spirit is God Himself dwelling within us.

    Because of His characteristics, it has been agreed upon by Scholars that the Holy Spirit is a person. I am won’t be going into that now as my message is not His personality but His ministry of “Another Helper”. I believe the nearest we can come to defining Him is by looking at His “Helper” role in our lives.

    During my search to know the Holy Spirit, I came to agree with the words of Kenneth Haggins that there is nothing we can do for God without the Holy Spirit and likewise, God cannot do anything for us without His Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus told the disciples in John 16:7,
    “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you”.

    Though the Holy Spirit is equal to God the Father and God the Son, yet each one of them has a different Ministry, just as Eve was created equal to Adam, but with a different role. The Good News today is that the church is in the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the bad news is that few times these days is the Holy Spirit mentioned in a sermon. In his book “Good Morning Holy Spirit” Benny Hinn says, “Without doubt, the most overlooked message in the church today is that the Holy Spirit is real and that we must make a place for Him”.

    Without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing. Like a wife is in charge of everything in a well-ran home, it is the Holy Spirit who is in charge of everything of the Father yet everything of the Father belongs to the Son. Jesus said in John 16:15,
    “All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you”.

    The world and all that in it belongs to God, but He has given all power and authority in both heaven and earth to His Son, and the Holy Spirit is the one in charge of everything; the one who manages all.

    John says in 1John 5:7 that there are three in Heaven that bear witness that Jesus is the Christ: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit. And he continues to say that there are three on earth who bear witness that Jesus is the Christ: the Holy Spirit, the Blood and Water.
    “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one”.

    We see that the common witness in both heaven and earth is the Holy Spirit. He knows everything, He sees everything and it’s He that we need to become effective and extraordinary witnesses. If He is not in our lives, we are ordinary, yet with Him in our lives, we are extraordinary, doing even greater works than what Christ did before He was taken up to heaven. Jesus clearly tells the disciples in Acts 1:8,
    “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

    To be a witness to Christ is to spread the word that Jesus is alive and that He is the Messiah the Son of the Living God. A witness is not someone who has just heard about something; no, a witness is someone who has seen something happening and stands up to swear and declare that what they are saying is real. Criminals hate witnesses and they will do anything to silence them. Sometimes they pay a witness a great some of money to silence them and other times witnesses are killed. A witness has power to change a verdict.

    Every Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit is a witness and has the power of the Holy Spirit to declare that Christ is the Messiah. No wonder the enemy is silencing many of us with demanding jobs that may pay off well or demanding families that keep us too busy to declare the great commission. In order to effectively fulfil this great commission, we need the Holy Spirit.

    As we all know, on accepting Jesus Christ, each believer is conscripted in the army of the Lord and there is a continuous battle going on. We are conscripts not volunteers. It is not your choice to fight in God’s army but a mandatory. Your advancement in salvation depends on your ability to attack and resist the enemy and this is done with the sword which is the word of God. Yet according to Ephesians 6:10, the sword is not directly our sword; it is the sword of the Spirit, “The sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God, AMP Bible”.

    It is the Holy Spirit who wields the sword as we fight that we may advance. This leaves us in a position where we cannot advance without the Holy Spirit and our God who has exalted His Word above His Name, Psalms 138:4 cannot go beyond His word and give us victories for battles we have not fought for.

    As I pondered as to why the only offensive weapon we have is not really our sword but it’s the Sword of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit revealed it to me by giving me a closer look at the spiritual weapons that we need to advance the kingdom with, Ephesians 6:14,
    “The belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.

    On examining this armour, I discovered that all the pieces of the armour apart from the sword are protective weapons or defensive weapons. It’s only the word, the sword which is the offensive weapon Paul mentions. While all the other weapons are designed to cover us and protect us in battle, it is only the sword with which we attack the enemy:
    • The helmet of salvation is to cover and protect the head.
    • The breast plate is to cover and protect the heart.
    • The shoes are to cover and protect the feet
    • The belt of truth is to hold firm the waist.
    • The shield of faith is to quench all the fiery arrows the enemy shoots.

    This leaves us with the word as the only offensive weapon we have. Yet according to the verse, this sword is not really our sword, it is the sword of the Spirit who dwells within every believer, “The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. The Amplified Bible says, “The sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God”.

    At such a close look, I was stunned at this and asked myself where is our part in the battle seeing the only offensive weapon is not even our sword but the sword of the Holy Spirit? Again, the Holy Spirit revealed it to me that yes we have the sword weapon but it was not directly handed to us but to our Helper the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Wondering at why this is so, the Spirit took me back to the beginning when God created Adam. We see that God handed the sword which is His Word directly to Adam when He told him,
    “Of every tree of the garden you can freely eat; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die”.

    When God spoke these words to Adam, or when He handed him the sword, Eve had not yet been created. We see that it was in Genesis 2:15 when God gave Adam the sword of the word and it was later in verse 21 that Eve was created.

    It was therefore Adam’s duty to train and hand the sword to Eve his helper. However, this did not work out very well as Eve stammered with the sword when the enemy attacked her by adding a phrase, “Though shall not touch”. God had not commanded them not to touch tree; the command was not to eat it. They were free to touch it, otherwise how would Adam tend the garden he was given responsibility to look after without touching. Adding the phrase, “Though shall not touch”, Eve missed to strike the devil at the right spot. Using the opportunity, the devil shot back saying, “You shall not die”.

    We also see that after Eve had eaten the fruit, nothing immediately happened to her and seeing this, she gave some to her husband. Forgetting the word he was to believe by faith rather than sight, Adam observed that truly nothing had happened to Eve and desiring to be like her, he too ate. It was until Adam ate that they realised they were naked, Gen 3:6-7.

    That is why Paul says in 1Timothy 2:14 that Eve was deceived, but we also know that Adam disobeyed with the full knowledge of wrongdoing. It is not being lied to that brings condemnation to us but the disobedience as it roots spring from within us. Looking at their sentences, God did not at any time blame Eve for eating but unto Adam, He said,
    “Because you heeded to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to…”

    Against this back ground, the good news is that when God gave us a second chance and gave us His Spirit as our Helper, this time He handed the sword or the word directly to our Helper the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, thus the words, “The sword of the Spirit which is the word of God”. Great move! That is why we cannot do anything without the Holy Spirit. We are an advancing army in a continuous battle that uses the sword.

    Unlike Eve the first helper, the mighty Holy Spirit will never stammer with the word as He is all knowing. He will never leave us or forsake us for He lives within you and me and at no stage will He ever compromise with anything. Our part is to speak the word, or pull the trigger as I like putting it and the Holy Spirit activates it into a powerful sword.

    Until a trigger is pulled, the bullet in the gun is only a piece of lead. But once the trigger is pulled, there is power within the gun that ignites that tiny piece of metal and once it is fired out of the gun, it is unstoppable, carrying within it great ability to destroy the target. In the same way, when we speak the word of God, the Holy Spirit in us transforms it into the most powerful weapon that cannot be matched with. James reminds us in chapter 3:5 to guard your tongue for with it one can put a whole forest on fire, “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark” of the tongue.

    As we all know, every earthly soldier is responsible for every bullet that is fired from their gun. They therefore have to look after their guns or one could get into trouble. Even us children of God, we are responsible for every word that comes out of our mouths. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36,
    “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

    With the Holy Spirit in us, every word we speak whether idle or by faith has power and consequences. That is why I say and will repeat it all throughout this book that there is nothing we can do for God without the Holy Spirit and likewise, God cannot do anything for us without the Holy Spirit. Our spiritual grounding and growth is all stemmed around the Holy Spirit. The revelation to know God, the miracles we desire to see, the fruit we yarn to bear, and the strength we need to sustain us, is all the work of the Holy Spirit in us to glorify the Father and exalt the Son.

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