Before I write on teaching of the Holy Spirit, we must realize that there are two types of people; those who want to be taught, and those who do not think they need to be taught. “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:21). Jesus thanked His Father that He had “hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children” (Matthew 11:25). There is an eagerness about most children to learn. They often ask the “Why” question. Do we ask more questions than we tell what we think we know?
Solomon wrote his proverbs to his son “To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity” (Proverbs 1:2–3). David says that “The unfolding of Your [God’s] words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
In a natural way, learning brings power to achieve human ideas and goals. But when we are taught by God, we are given divine knowledge and ability to accomplish what has eternal value. Look at the apostles after the Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus made sure they were prepared to accomplish a movement of God through the Holy Spirit’s instructions and power.
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But 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 have said to you” (John 14:25–26). There is no holding back from the Spirit, but do we have ears to hear and hearts to receive? Notice that He both teaches us and reminds us when we forget.
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