Pastor Floyd Koenig
Of the many religions in this world, only Christianity requires a supernatural teacher. No earthly qualification can enable one to grasp the truth of God.
We need to be reminded of our great need of a Divine teacher, and of the privilege of having the Holy Spirit as such a Teacher. He truly is the "Spirit of Truth"(Jn. 15:26).
A. The Bible, as our infallible textbook of faith and practice, was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
B. The Holy Spirit, not only inspired the New Testament, but He is also our Teacher (Jn. 14:26).
II. THE HOLY SPIRIT ENLIGHTENS THE MIND IN REGENERATION
A. The unsaved are in a state of total spiritual ignorance (II Cor. 4:3-4; Jn. 3:3; Eph. 4:18).
2. This condition is not to be viewed merely as an absence of knowledge, but rather as a natural inability to appreciate, comprehend and receive spiritual truth.
3. Sinners may be well versed in the Bible, and yet, have no ability to discern the things of God (I Cor. 1:18-21; 2:9-16).
2. The believer has been called "out of darkness into his marvelous light"(I Pet. 2:9).
3. Every Christian has been personally taught of God (Jn. 6:45).
4. Many will testify that they sat in churches for years, and yet were spiritually blind until God saved them.
5. It is a sad fact that the unregenerate are unaware of their own blindness.
- The blind will even attempt to lead the blind (Mt. 15:14).
A. Christians have an unction or an anointing that teaches them what cannot be learned from man (I Jn. 2:20,27; II Cor. 1:21 - Note "unction" and "anointing" both have the same meaning).
2. Only by the Spiritís teaching, can anyone live the Christian life.
2. Christ promised the apostles that even though He was leaving, the Spirit would come and teach them (Jn. 14:26)
3. The fulfillment of this promise is seen in several ways:
a. We see in the book of Acts, that the apostles came to understand many of the teachings of Christ which they were blind to during His earthly ministry.
b. They were given wisdom in the writing of the New Testament, and in the manifestation of the gift of prophecy.
c. The Holy Spirit illuminates the believerís mind today, as he studies the Word of God.
2. The Holy Spirit teaches us of Christ, and makes Him precious to us (Jn. 15:26; 16:14-15).
3. The Holy Spirit has not come to call attention to Himself.
4. The Holy Spirit directs us to worship Christ .
5. In His teaching He opens the truths formerly taught by Christ (Jn. 14:26; 16:13-14).
6. The Holy Spirit brings glory to Christ as the great teacher.
7. The seeds of all truth in the New Testament may be found in Christís teaching.
8. It is the Spiritís work to point men to Christ.
2. Rather than be seduced by the spirit of antichrist, saints abide in the Savior because they are taught by the Spirit (I Jn. 2:18-20, 26-27).
As Christians, it is our duty to study Godís Word and
listen to it preached. Let us not, however, forget to look to Godís Spirit
for real understanding.
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