The Spirit Teaches Us
Today’s Scripture: 1 John 2:18-27
Key Verse: 1 John 2:27b
For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know…
Reading our Key Verse for today, you might think that it is saying that a Christ-follower does not need anyone telling them any truths about God and His Kingdom.
However, the proper interpretation is that the Spirit does all the teaching but often works in and through pastors and teachers to spread God’s truths. I also believe the Spirit uses our Bible reading to teach us. Someone who has God’s Holy Spirit living in them is able to read Scripture and learn the deeper meanings of the Word.
John’s words in this passage, that the Holy Spirit inspires, is a warning us to “remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning.” (1 John 2:24). John is much older when he wrote 1 John than when he wrote the Gospel of John. Undoubtedly, John saw some believers who drifted from the truths that they once were taught.
God’s truth does not change over time; if it is truth, it is always truth. Traditions of the church change over time, but not Biblical truth.
Over the years, I have seen ideas that once were taught as biblical truth but later proved to be in the category of church tradition or method. Pastors and teachers are human, so the traditions of their church can influence them. Good pastors and teachers also remind their listeners to check out what they are teaching to make sure it is indeed a Biblical truth. Remember, just because someone said it, wrote it, or posted it on Facebook does not make it truth.
If you are a Christ-follower, you have God’s Spirit within you (Romans 8:9). Therefore, you can evaluate for yourself what is truth and what is someone’s personal conviction or opinion.
I personally have been a preacher of God’s Word for over 45 years, and I am sure at times that I have leaned too heavily on my own personal convictions. However, my goal has always been to carefully handle the Word of God and leave my opinions out of it. Nevertheless, I encourage you to check out for yourself that my teaching is Biblical. Let me know if you have questions.
Getting back to our Key Verse for today, John was wanting God’s people to rest in the fact that the Spirit of God can get truth to them, one way or another. The Holy Spirit can speak directly to our spirits or can use another human being to speak truth to us.
I believe that John is wanting Christ-followers to rest in the fact that the Spirit that fills them is the same Spirit that will teach them all that they need to know to be faithful to God. Our Father is an expert gardener and knows exactly what we need to hear to keep us growing in our Faith (John 15).
Father, I am grateful for your constant attention to my spiritual growth. Help me not to drift from the truths you have taught me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.