The Spirit Taught Christian

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 1 John 2:26-27

The gift of teaching is amongst the various spiritual gifts God has given to His church.  Pastors and teachers play an important role in the equipping of the saints for the work of service.  I’ve been privileged over the years to sit under some great Bible teachers and hear some wonderful sermons—praise God for all the good and faithful teachers of the Word!  All that being said, we can sometimes lose sight of the fact that there’s One teacher who is infinitely superior to any other.  He is the One teacher none of us can do without.

Only the Holy Spirit can show us spiritual truth.  Any of us can hear people teach and thereby gain an intellectual understanding of the meaning of Scripture, but it is the Spirit alone who can penetrate and work to transform the human heart.  Since every believer is indwelt by the Spirit, it follows that every believer is indwelt by the Divine teacher.  He never departs the Divine classroom of the human heart.  His goal is far bigger than to just make us theologically smarter.  His goal is to make us to be like Christ.  How patient He is with us!  How many times do we fail to grasp or forgotten what He’s taught?  Through the Word, He keeps on with us—teaching, reproving, correcting, training unto righteousness.  Though the Divine classroom of life might be filled with lots of distractions and interruptions which work to draw away our interest and attention, the Divine teacher is never diverted from His task.  Temptations and deceptions come our way, but the Spirit is always there to lead and instruct that we might exercise discernment and turn away.  He is all wise, all loving, and altogether patient in His work!

How wonderful is God’s provision to us of the indwelling Spirit whereby we can understand the truth in a transformative way!  And that should be our goal—to be transformed by the Spirit through the truth of God’s Word.  It’s not enough for any of us to know only what a pastor or teacher or commentator or devotional (like this one) says about any passage or point of doctrinal truth.  Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying—listen well to your pastor and other teachers!  But the point I’m tying to make is this—there’s a need for each of us to be Spirit-taught and for that to happen we’ve got to depend on Him and dig into the Scriptures for ourselves. 

An encouraging aspect of this truth is the reality that in having the Spirit, any believer has that which is necessary to comprehend the Scriptures.  There are advantages, of course, to going to Bible School or reading good commentaries or books that help us to be better equipped to study and know.  But the fact remains, in possessing the Spirit of God, you’ve got the One teacher you absolutely must have to fully comprehend the truth of God’s Word.  He may use others and their gifts, but for Him, there is no substitute.

Vance Havner has commented on this, “If the Bible’s message were so hidden that only scholars and seminary students could find it, most of us believers would be hopelessly in the dark. It is part of the miracle of the Book that God has prepared it so that it unfolds itself to the simplest souls and not merely to intellectual investigation. Of course, academic training should help, and does when rightly combined with other preparation still more valuable. No person need feel discouraged over lack of theological education, for there is an understanding of the Word which is utterly independent of scholarship and open to the unschooled as freely as to the learned. We fill our libraries with books about the Bible, and some of us need to learn the truth expressed by the old colored preacher. He had borrowed a commentary from a white preacher and, upon returning it, was asked what he thought of it. He replied that the Bible certainly did throw a lot of light on it!”

In possessing the Spirit of God, you’ve got the one teacher you absolutely must have to fully comprehend the truth of God’s Word.  He may use others and their gifts, but for Him, there is no substitute.

Jerry Conklin


More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me. [Refrain]

More about Jesus in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in ev’ry line,
Making each faithful saying mine. [Refrain]

More about Jesus on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His kingdom’s sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of peace. [Refrain]

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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