Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Teacher

“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Cor 2:12)

God’s desire is for us to understand the marvelous gifts He of His own free council has decided to unconditionally dispense on His daughters and sons. To make sure that His desire comes to pass He has given man His Spirit.

“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” (1 John 2:27)

The Holy Spirit is here to teach us about all things (John 14:26). In fact His ability to convince us about the truth, that is, what our Father has freely given us, is so persuasive that we really don’t need any additional teachers.

What many have discovered, however, is that the Spirit is also thrilled to use writings and teachings from others of God’s precious new creations to convince about righteousness. When He advances His proofs of the truth the timing is always perfect in accordance with the maturity of the recipient.

When John writes that we don’t need anyone to teach us he obviously is pertaining to the fact that the Holy Spirit is our only teacher, and that it is His inner testimony which has precedence. As we grow in knowledge to Him we are better disposed to discern His inner encouraging voice which goes against condemnation and self effort.

His principal teaching is that we remain in Christ, because He is the truth. He is the light which dispels the darkness of self-sustenance; the lie that is in opposition to the free gift of abundant life.

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (Ef 1:16-21)

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