2009-10-07 - Spirit As Teacher
John 14:25, 26, "These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you. 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."
Jesus said many things, but the disciples probably did not understand the significance of everything Jesus said, or how full of meaning it was. We are the same. Everything that Jesus has said is of vast importance. There were no wasted words, and if Christ has taken the trouble to speak it, and the Holy Spirit has recorded it for us in the Bible, then we must give these words the importance they require. The Spirit teaches us "all things," and not some things, or most things. Let us not be deficient, then, in anything that we must know concerning our faith. Jesus never told us a truth that we need not know, and he never concealed a truth that we should know. If Jesus taught it, then it is something that we must know and apply to our lives. Everything that Jesus has taught is of concern to His children, and if it is not so to us, then we cannot be His children.
The Spirit comes to teach us all truth. There is not one truth that Christ taught which the Spirit puts aside as less important. The two persons of the godhead are in agreement in everything. We even see that it is the Father who sends the Spirit in this verse, so we have the entire trinity in action here. They are all agreed upon the things we must know. Those things are found in God's Word. The Spirit brings these things home to us with power. It is what He does, and for this, we give Him eternal thanks - and beg for more understanding, more light, and more insight into those things that concern us, our lives, and our eternal souls.
Are we always attentive to these things? Certainly we are not, and this is all the more reason why we need the Spirit active in our lives. Pray that the Spirit would open your eyes to true things from God's Word. We are carnal, fleshly in nature and the things of the Spirit are not natural to us. It is a deep-seated defect in us, that we do not gravitate to the things of the Lord naturally. We often find it easy to understand those things that have little or no real meaning, but the deep things of God do not come easily to us. It takes work and, even more than that, it takes effort on our part - effort that is blessed by the Spirit. Do you see the need to ask the Spirit that He would help us in our understanding of the things that matter most?
Lastly, let us be clear that the Spirit does not reveal new things concerning Christ, or the matters of our faith. The Spirit works with the Word of God, the Bible, and teaches us in accordance with Scripture. There are no new revelations today. There is no need for them. The work of Christ is finished. The role of the Spirit is to take the things of Christ and, "bring to remembrance all that," Jesus has said. We do not have new revelations today. God's Word is complete. The Bible is not a tedious book to the Child of God, because the Spirit is always bringing new things from it into the believers heart and life. If we find the Bible boring, dull, or uninteresting - if we consider the study of God's Word to be monotonous and dreary - can we really be children of God, the redeemed of the Lord, who now live for Him (Romans 14:8, Galatians 2:20), rather than for ourselves?
Soli Deo Gloria,