“Then the Jews were amazed and said, ‘How does He know the Scriptures, since He hasn’t been trained?’” vs15
We don’t have to be trained by men, but we MUST be trained by God. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, and He may use men, but the ONLY HELPFUL knowledge comes from God Himself. He’s reserved the right to teach His people, so that no man can glory in men, and all glory belongs to Christ our Lord (1 Cor 3:21).
He may use your mother or father, but He is the Teacher, or you’ve never heard from God. “Assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus.” You can’t live the Christian life any other way.
1 He teaches by the Spirit sent down from heaven. He must do the preaching, or it is not powerful. A man can strut in the flesh, but only God can give the passion and warmth of Christ crucified: only He can make us love with the truth.
Do not lean on the flesh, but ask Him to teach YOU, so that you can teach others. He says, “He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Cor 1:4).”
I get in trouble trying to be the Holy Spirit, trying to take from the word and apply it to you, without God applying it to me… but, if I pass on what I’ve learned, then I can pass on a blessing. A preacher once said, “When I read other people and it becomes MINE, then I can use it.” It is so with us.
2 He teaches by the word. God’s word is the instrument of instruction, the Holy Scriptures. He says, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him (Prov 30:5).” He teaches the whole counsel!
He doesn’t leave out one part to exalt another part. He teaches the whole thing – like Christ died to save you, so you can save others. Paul said, “I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish (Rom 1:14).” He teaches election and repentance, faith and works, and He teaches love – that we glorify Christ by loving people.
This is the test: Truth and love must be present. John writes, “Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love (2 John 3).”
3 He teaches Christ crucified! A man can learn a lot in the Bible and know nothing, but when he learns the cross, then he preaches salvation.
I preached Jesus as an afterthought because it was all about God, until I realized it was all about Him – the fullness of the Godhead bodily. “And you are complete in Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Col 2:10).” The Spirit works as Christ is preached because He is the Mediator of grace, and there’ll be no working in your life, until you realize that you are justified by faith and condemnation has passed (Rom 8:2). Now, you have a right to the blessing, and you can walk in peace. Now, you have POWER that you never had by the assurance of your sonship, not by works of righteousness that you’ve done.
4 He teaches us to love passionately and feverently! Paul, when he was under the doctrine of grace, revelling in eternal security, overcoming every trial and circumstance by the clear faithfulness of the Lord, said, “For I could wish to be cursed and cut off from Christ for the benefit of my brothers, my own flesh and blood (Rom 9:3).”
He got power to love and became a lifelong debtor, because he realized the depths of mercy. The fact that He’s with us, whether we feel Him or not, is the greatest motive to lay our life down for others! We have our minds on eternal realities that Satan can NEVER TAKE AWAY. He says, “For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:38-39)!”
Brothers, if you’ll be taught by God, then be humble. John Calvin said, “The most effective poison to lead men to ruin is to trust in themselves, or their own wisdom and power.” We must be nothing to be filled.