As I said in Part 1, what is critically missing is a diligent study of the Word of God before we form and rant our modern day 21st century doctrines. And what is responsible largely for this is our negligence of the pains to look into the etymological structures of the words used in most cases, as I will show later on.
1John 2:27, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
But you see John wasn’t saying you can’t be taught. In fact, amongst the fivefold ministries of Eph. 4:11 are TEACHERS.
The gathering in Acts 13 was; “1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and TEACHERS.”
So John couldn’t have meant to say you can’t be taught, that only the Holy Ghost alone must be the one to teach you. That’s not very accurate.
First of all, the background to this passage was that there was a set of teachers known as the GNOSTICS who were first Christians but left the faith and were now teaching that Jesus could not have been God, because He has a human nature. And since anything matter is evil, so Jesus cannot be God or divine.
This is why John would say;
1 John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets (teachers) are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that CONFESSETH NOT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
And again; “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, and eternal life,” 1 John 5:20.
So we read in 1John 2:27, “..and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
What he meant to say is that the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance the things you have been taught or that you know, therefore these false teachers can’t deceive you. I think he was only reminding the brethren of what Jesus told them about the Holy Spirit coming.
John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you,” (KJV).
Now it is what you are taught that the Spirit reminds you of. For John said (John 16:13,)
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
In other words the Spirit will remind you of what you have been taught and who Jesus really is. He will testify of Jesus to you. So you have to be taught accurately about the Christ for the Spirit to be able to remind you. It is what you diligently study that He reminds you of in times of need.
For instance the Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness in Matt. 4, every time the tempter comes in with a word, Jesus’ reply would be, “IT IS WRITTEN.”
Now He was always quoting the Torah to the devil of the things He has learned and was taught as a young Hebrew child before the age of 12.
So if you don’t know the Word by studying or not being taught, what will the Holy Spirit remind you of? What will He bring to your remembrance? This is why we teach all kinds of things and call them revelations from the Spirit, yet they don’t align with the Word and mind of God.
Again, we state that the lack of proper study of certain words in the Hebrew and Greek and some historical background is the missing link to our declarations in modern day doctrines.
To be continued…