Jesus promised that when He returned to the Father, He would send the Helper to the disciples …
“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, 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 go, I will send Him to you.” John 16:5-7 (NASB)
But who is the Helper and what does He do?
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you ALL things, and bring to your remembrance ALL that I said to you.” John 14:26 (NASB)
God gives ALL believers His Spirit to teach ALL things … that includes ALL the words of God … the words He has spoken to us through Scripture.
Just take a moment and reflect upon that aspect of the God fix …
Then consider these words from the apostle John.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One … the anointing which you received from Him abides IN you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about ALL things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide IN Him. 1 John 2:20,27 (NASB)
You ever take a literature class in high school or college? As the teacher or professor pontificated about the hidden meanings behind what the author wrote, did you ever question and wonder, ‘How do they know that?’ (Ironically my return to Christ began in the midst of a college literature class in my mid-30’s in just such a discussion on the Confessions by Augustine … don’t know how that slipped through public education’s anti-God filter …)
Did you know ALL Scripture is God inspired or God breathed? (2 Timothy 3:16) But what exactly does that mean? Peter provides a pretty good answer …
But know this first of ALL, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God (later recorded and written down for all believers – bw). 1 Peter 1:20-21 (NASB)
So, IN the Holy Spirit, God has provided not only the Teacher but also the Author of ALL Scripture to each and every believer that we may truly understand the words of God and walk IN them.
But much like the Israelites, oftentimes men would rather meet with and be taught by other men rather than meet with and be taught by God … note these words of Scripture written immediately after God had spoken the Ten Commandments …
All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” Exodus 20:18-19 (NASB)
Let not God speak to us, or we will die …
No, no, no … Life is found IN God speaking to you and to me!
God’s plan and gifting does indeed call for men and women to be teachers of the words of God … but the enemy, for the moment, is alive and doing all he can to lead us astray (not a problem for the Holy Spirit). And at times the true meaning of Scripture is lost in the translation of man and division occurs. Even the Spirit-filled first century church was not immune to such problems …
For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? … For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void. 1 Corinthians 1:11-13,17 (NASB)
We must all become like the Bereans … first choosing our teachers wisely and then testing all that they teach by the Spirit and according to Scripture …
The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Acts 17: 10-11 (NASB)
The big challenge for me and for you is not to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) … but to seek out and listen and learn ALL that God has to reveal to us through the teaching of His Spirit … the Helper.
Convict and teach me Holy Spirit … convict and teach us!
(to be continued with … sword)