“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words” – 1 Corinthians 2:12-13
We have seen in the last days that the Holy Spirit convicts us and then he sanctifies. Part of the process is that He teaches.
We live in an age where there are so many great resources for us to learn about scripture. We have books from many children of God, both past and present. We have commentaries, sermons, DVD’s and the internet. But above all these, God himself provided a way to teach us.
He PROVIDED A PERSON. This is none other than God, and this God is none other than a person. This person is “The Spirit,” the “Spirit of truth;” not an influence, but actually a person. “when the Spirit of truth is come, he shall guide you into all truth.”
“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.” – John 14:26
“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” – John 16:13
The amazing thing with having the Holy Spirit teach us is that, he is infallible. As good as the attentions of any teacher might be, if I follow them exactly I have the risk of going somewhere astray, but if I give myself to fully the Holy Spirit and ask his guidance, there is no fear of my wandering.
Again, because He (the Holy Spirit) is God, He’s is ever-present. He you ever had the situation where you wish your pastor was with you, because he could advice you in this situation or you have been witnessing to someone, and just wish you had that book, because in there is the answer. Maybe you have been at home studying a passage that perplexes you, and you’ve been turn the text round and round and cannot make anything out of it. We don’t always have Matthew Henry, but we do always have the Holy Spirit. In these situations we can simply pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us.
Charles spugeon wrote:
‘Prayer and faith are sacred picklocks that can open secrets, and obtain great treasures. There is no college for holy education like that of the blessed Spirit, for he is an ever-present tutor, to whom we have only to bend the knee, and he is at our side, the great expositor of truth.’
God the Holy Spirit can teach any one, however illiterate, however uninstructed. I have known some men who were almost idiots before conversion, but they afterwards had their faculties wonderfully developed. Some time ago there was a man who was so ignorant that he could not read, and he never spoke anything like grammar in his life, unless by mistake; and moreover, he was considered to be what the people in his neighbourhood called “daft.” But when he was converted, the first thing he did was to pray He stammered out a few words, and in a little time his powers of speaking began to develop themselves. Then he thought he would like to read the Scriptures, and after long, long months of labour, he learned to read; and what was the next thing? He thought he could preach; and he did preach a little in his own homely way, in his house. Then he thought “I must read a few more books.” And so his mind expanded, until, I believe he is at the present day, a useful minister, settled in a country village, labouring for God. It needs but little intellect to be taught of God. If you feel your ignorance do not despair. Go to the Spirit—the great Teacher—and ask his sacred influence, and it shall come to pass that he “shall guide you into all truth.”