The Spirit Teacher

The Spirit Teacher

“These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 1 John 2:26-27”

I believe this is probably my most referenced set of scriptures. It’s a nice reminder to me that the Spirit can and does teach us all that we need to know. The Apostle John was writing this letter to defend the church against the Gnostic cult. I don’t want to get too much into Gnosticism, but to put it plainly they were misleading the Church. They were causing the Church to question itself. So John writes his first letter to them. Remember last week that I wrote about context and how important it is to know why the author was writing and to whom? This is just as important. If we take this specific verse on it’s own, then we have no need for anyone else to be leading us in our walk with Christ. But that’s not what John is saying here in totality. The preceding verses 1 John 2:18-28 speak of the spirit of antichrist, and how Jesus is God. John even tells the believers in v20 that they have an anointing from the Holy One and “you know all things”. So the readers of this letter knew that the force of gravity was 9.8 meters per second squared, right? Um…probably not. In fact it seems when reading this in it’s entirety that John was telling them that they know the truth in the whole.

These believers knew that Jesus was the Christ. That the Christ was God. That the Father had sent the Son to be the payment for our sins. They knew that, and yet they were still being mislead. John is trying to remind them here that they know the truth, that the Spirit has revealed the truth to them. Remember when Jesus was at Caesarea Philippi, what did he tell Peter? “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Matt 16:13-17.

Notice who taught Peter that Jesus was the Christ the Son of God? It wasn’t Jesus, it wasn’t another disciple but the Father in heaven. So John is reminding the believers of the church that God can and does teach them all that they need to know. Do they still need each other in their lives to help them see some of these things and grow? Of course they do. The Church is supposed to be a community, a family. It’s up to us to bear each other’s burdens (Gal 6) and to pray for and over each other (James 5). We’re supposed to be learning from the Spirit, AND helping one another grow at the same time. If you’re walking in the Spirit you should be learning, if you’re a part of a local group of believers you should ALL be learning and growing together. I have a feeling next week’s post will be along the lines of community of the believers….

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