|The Holy Spirit Teaches
We are, of course, in the age of Pentecost. Passover is the first age in moving through the Holy Days. Pentecost comes next. Pentecost is all about becoming a new creation through the Spirit God poured out on all. However, only a few, the believers, whom God chooses, receive, lambano, the Spirit to use it.
When Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit, he says:
John 14:26 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 said to you.
The Holy Spirit teaches. This is something that we see from the beginning of the Bible to its completion. We understand how teaching works, how communication works. God had planned to use His Word from the beginning. In the beginning was the Word... God knew exactly what He was going to teach people, how He was going to teach them, what events in history, and so forth were going to happen to emphasizes His teaching. He communicated through the Spirit, ruach, meaning breath, which causes the vocal folds to vibrate according to the instruction of our brain to form words, sentences, paragraphs chapters and so forth; this is what the Holy Spirit does: it teaches. God says what He will, has what He says written down by people who will listen to Him. Then people will respond to what he says. For those who do not respond, well, they are not in communication with God. The Spirit teaches.
Furthermore, believers are the students who listen to the Spirit, and when they have learned enough, they no longer have to be students and become the voice of the Holy Spirit, and teach as well.
Guided into All Truth
Later in John Jesus says:
John 16:13 But 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.
What does the Spirit teach: the Truth, primarily. Thy word is Truth. The Spirit testifies about Jesus. This is important because the Spirit testifies about Jesus in the Gospel. And, believers will testify because they have learned from the apostles who were with Jesus from the beginning. Therefore, the Holy Spirit will bring all things to believers memories.
Remember, communication is a two-way process. There is no communication unless the one who hears responds. If someone says something, and there is no response, no communication has occurred. Unless somebody nods their head or says ah ha, nothing has happened, and there is no communication. Linguists call it a breakdown in communication. The breakdown might occur for many reasons: there was not enough energy in the communication to overcome the interference in the channel or something might be wrong with the receiver, as the radio was off. The same is true with people. Like the turned off radio, a persons mind may be somewhere else and never hears the information. So there is only communication when there is a response.
Jesus prophesied that the Holy Spirit will come, and later Jesus tells them to stay in the city, do not go out into the country or travel somewhere else, until the power on high comes to you. Therefore, Jesus set everything up. He said that the Holy Spirit the Father sent would teach believers everything. Then, on that fateful day of Pentecost soon after Jesus ascension, the Holy Spirit did come with remarkable results, as we all know.
Luke 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.
The Spirit teaches believers what to say and they respond, not only in words but also in deeds. Beside, no one should plan everything he is going to say because he has to leave room for the Spirit to lead, guide and direct him. This Spirit works best, when one needs its inspiration, right there and then.
Neh. 9:20 You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,
Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth,
And You gave them water for their thirst.
Nehemiah talks about the time when Israel was out in the wilderness after Passover, which is as we said the age of Passover.
In this age of Pentecost, everything revolves around the Holy Spirit. It is a completely new world, a Spiritual world. Believers become a new creation and are not the same being as before. In this new age, the Spirit teaches by guiding the new spirit infused human beings, as well, into all Truth.
We learn by observing people and imitating what they say or do. We do not have to have people teach us in a formal way. My own example is how I learned how to drive. For some arcane reason, my father decided to have me as a passenger in the backseat while he was learning to drive. I watched and listened to everything the instructor told my father and observed everything my father did according to the instructions. Therefore, just by watching what was going on, I learned to drive. When I had the opportunity, I sneaked out in the early morning hours to practice what I observed in a car I had bought. In the same ways, the Spirit guides believers. Additionally, we do not always have to have things spelled out. We often hear people say, do not tell me what to do. Show me. Just as Solomon said wisdom is found in the street, we can learn some of Gods Truth by observing the results of peoples actions. The apostles learned about the good news as much from observing Jesus as by listening to what he said. The Gospel reports the relevant things Jesus said and did. So, while we cannot actually observe Jesus, we can learn from what he said as well as his actions, as chronicled in the Gospels.
The Answer Comes from the Lord
Translators of the New Testament have decided that the Holy Spirit is a being, and therefore translate the personal pronoun as he. Actually, the Greek word for Spirit is pneuma, which is feminine. If the writers were true to the text, they should translate the personal pronoun for the Holy Spirit as she. Since the Spirit, pneuma, means wind or breath, which is neuter case in English, we must translate pneumas personal pronoun as it in English.
The Spirit will disclose what is to come. Now, we are getting a picture of how the Spirit guides believers even as far as what the future holds. Remember, Jesus told the apostles to stay in the city until they were clothed with power on high. We know what is going to come in the future also; at the end of the age of Pentecost, Jesus will return and restore the kingdom of God on Earth, which we might call the Age of Trumpets.
Therefore, the Spirit will not only glorify Jesus but also disclosed to believers what was already disclosed to Jesus. What has the Spirit disclosed: the Truth of the Word. Only believers attuned to Gods frequency and language can hear what the Spirit teaches and reveals.
Jesus explains that the Father gave everything to him. Moreover, all the things that are Jesus are believers as well. God gave Jesus information and authority, which he passes on to believers.
What God has disclosed to Jesus, he gives to us as well. We are not lacking in any thing that Jesus has and more so. The problem is that most believers do not act as if they accept that fact.
1John 2:27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
The Bible expressly says, the Holy Spirit anoints believers and always abides with them. As much as the Holy Spirit is, it is always language: the language of God, His vocabulary, His way of thinking and His very mind. This anointing of the Holy Spirit teaches and gives believers an understanding of what is in the Bible; therefore, no one need teach them. When God anoints believers with the Spirit, they receive the mind of Christ, and, thus, believers abide in God as he abides in them. The basis, I reiterate, for abiding is language. We believe what God says is true, learn Gods language including his concepts and grow in understanding of it, as we practice his language and the Way of God.
1John 2:28 ¶ Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
How do believers abide in Him: by making sure His language becomes their language, whether they think they can or cannot become conversant in His Language. He is not going to teach lies. God is not going to tell believers to do something that they cannot. Gods Word is Truth. So, believers abide in God and He in them by the power of language. He gives them the Spirit, and that Spirit of power enables them to hear and emulate Gods language.
As an aside, a modern use of the word language better helps us to understand the meaning of the Word. For example, the Bible says in the beginning was the Word is much clearer if we translated logos as Language and say in the beginning was Gods Language. In another place, when the Bible talks about creating through the Word, it is clearer to understand that God's Language and all that it represents created everything. When God said, let there be light, He was not saying a Word, but a sentence, a command. A sentence is part of language made up of words: nouns, verbs, objects and so forth. Using His Language, God commanded the world into existence. So, in the beginning was Gods Language, the Bible, which is the compilation of Gods Language. Moreover, remember, what a person says, his language, is who he is. We are our language from verbal language to gestures with math, music, art, and mechanics in between.
What is language? Briefly, verbal language is the articulation of ones thoughts. A person decides what to say, breaths out, and by the use his vocal folds, mouth, tongue and lips forms words, sentences, and paragraphs. Language primarily is meaningful sounds. Without going into sound and vibration science, all nonverbal languages can be analyzed in terms of vibrations. For example, gestures cause air around it to move like a vibration or wind.
The Spirit is the wind, the breath or the power that makes language possible. So then, the Spirit inspires the person to speak what God has in mind. Instead of a person deciding what to say, the Spirit within him makes that determination. Sometimes, the one praying in the Spirit or tongues may not understand the Spirit inspired words spoken without inspiration from God. Nevertheless, the process remains the same. See above.
The Spirit of Our Father in Heaven speaks to those who speak God's language. To reiterate it is the Spirit of God that speaks in believers. God has given believers tremendous power through His Language.
Just as God put his words into the mouth of Jeremiah, so he also puts his words in believers mouths. He has also touched their mouths. Because God is Spirit, one cannot feel the spiritual touch. However, because of the power of the Spirit within, one can communicate from physical to spiritual and spiritual to physical in a very special way, i.e., speaking the language of the Spirit.
Ex. 4:10 ¶ Then Moses said to the LORD, Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.
Mosess complaint to God certainly sounds like some believers who constantly complain that they cannot do that. I have never been able to do that. Leave me alone! Do not ask me to go and talk to pharaoh. I cannot talk. I do not have the words. Furthermore, I do not have the talent. Go away and leave me alone. I am slow of tongue; I do not speak fast. I cannot pray in tongues.
Ex. 4:11 The LORD said to him, Who has made mans mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
Ex. 4:12 Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.
Then God, beginning to lose some patience with Moses, explains to him that God actually made his mouth to speak whatever God intends him to speak. At that point, God says to him, give me a break. Just go talk to the Pharaoh. I do not want to hear about your slow mouth. You see the answer does not come from us but from God.
The Answer Comes from the Lord
Prov. 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
This verse makes it so obvious that it needs no comment. When people speak Gods words, clearly they are not their words. The answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
Prov. 19:21 Many plans are in a mans heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
Counsel is something that you hear. We seek out counsel. We ask advice and counsel. God gives people counsel through his Word: a little bit here a little bit there. The Spirit leads believers to all the answers that they need. The Spirit says do not make up your minds before hand.
Luke 21:14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
Most tend to plan before hand what they will say. Under normal circumstances, this is definitely a good idea, but when it comes to spiritual matters, believers have to let the Spirit have its say.
Luke 21:15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
Both Exodus in the dim past to Luke in the New Testament say the same thing. God gives believers utterance. Do not worry about it.
Here is one of the keys:
Jer. 15:19 ¶ Therefore, thus says the LORD,
If you return, then I will restore you
Before Me you will stand;
And if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become My spokesman.
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them.
Jeremiah demonstrates the principle of communication: when people hear something they respond. When believers respond to what God says, they become His spokesman.
First, as we know, the Spirit teaches people, and then they teach others. They speak what God wants them to speak. Even when some complain like Moses, God continues to say, did I not make your mouth. You can speak!
After the age of Passover, in the age of Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit on all flesh. It is there for all; it is in all who wish to receive it.
Gods vision to have a family predicated on a son who would be completely loyal to him even unto death culminated in Jesus resurrection and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as a result of what Jesus did. God communicated his vision over the ages to the patriarchs and prophets, and lastly to the apostles. These men compiled what God said in the Bible, also called the Word of God. The Old Testament including particularly the commandments, the prophecies, and the Psalms and the New Testament, particularly the Gospels, completed everything that God wanted to teach mankind.
All that a person speaks, we know, reveals who he is, his very mind indeed. When we read or hear a persons thoughts, or vision, his language becomes our language. My linguistics professor once noted that if a person wanted to become a professional writer, all he had to do was to transcribe the works of his favorite writer. That exercise will develop his skill as a writer. In the same way Gods language, when people make it a part of their own as the nescient writer did, they become not a professional writer but a person fully made in the image of God because they transcribe Gods mind into theirs, and, therefore, they become a new creature or creation.
1Cor. 2:12 Now we have received, not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
The Bible reminds believers that they have received the Spirit of God, which is not of the world. Not only does His Spirit make believers Gods own children, but it is also the power at worked within. This power is capable of not only repeating God words to others and inspiring righteous actions, but also creates in believers the ability to be the conduit of the Spirit to perform miracles such as prophesying (both foretelling and praising God in a dramatic way).
The natural man is incapable of receiving Gods message in its entirety. This may be due to several factors: they know little or none of Gods Word and therefore cannot understand what he is saying, they will not or cannot turn to the channel that has His message because their interests predispose them to other stations or the time is not right for them to apprehend Gods messages. Those who receive (lambano , to use) the Spirit are in direct communication with God.
What makes a persons mind? It is his language. To reiterate, ones language exists in all of its forms: verbal, gestures, actions, math, music, art, mechanics and more. Each of these nonverbal languages has its own vocabulary and grammar, but in different form. All of these languages combine together make up a persons mind. Remember the controlling influence is the verbal language, particularly the language of God that a person learns.
Therefore, believers have the mind of Christ, and they have his complete language, which, of course, is the language of God. Remember, the Gospels give us all the language of and information we need to know about Christ. The Gospel gives the highlights of what he said, his gestures, his actions, such as walking on water, turning water into wine, his miracles and healings, and the raising of the dead. Believers can receive Jesus whole mind including all he did. To reiterate, a persons mind consists of all aspects of his language.
For most today, tablespoon of spiritual milk is more than they can handle. Look at the world God has given believers through the power of his Holy Spirit and compare that to the little that they in this age do. Most still walk along as if they still exist in the age of Passover. However, we are in the age of Pentecost not Passover.
Here is the Message
It is a message of Spirit and power that go beyond our normal understanding of verbal language to deeds of good works. Ones faith rests on the power of God. What power is this? It is power that created the universe. Even looking at the power of wind or air, we see such things as pneumatic drills, tornadoes, hurricanes, and cyclones. Even looking at the power of natural words, we see, e.g., how even music can stir us, and words elate or sadden us. Words can do wonderful and terrible things to people. They also can enlighten or deceive.
The age of Pentecost, which the apostles so well demonstrated, seems to have almost vanished. Sadly, lambano the Spirit, which means to use the Spirit in all its power, is rarely used at all any more.
Heb. 2:4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
Rauch, pneuma, debar, logos and lego, all of which relate to Gods language and message to believers. This is the age of Pentecost. This is the age where at least the Spirit teaches believers. Some may choose to sit in the back of the class and fold their hands as they nod off and miss most of the message. But believers, ought to be sitting in the first row hanging on every word that comes out of the mouth of God, and saying yeah and yeah; I wanted to do that. I can do that.
Eph. 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvationhaving also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Here God points out the goal that He gives believers, and He richly supplies them with the gifts of the Spirit, which he wants them to use for their benefit and most importantly to give Him glory.
The Spirit teaches all who would listen about Gods plan and how to use the power at work within to be a part of that plan. Therefore, pray with boldness and confidence in the Spirit.
Gal. 3:2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?
Of course, they heard it! The Spirit teaches believers a Spiritual jargon, if you will. Just as certain professions have their own particular language or jargon, believers have the particular language of God. Since believers have such a great language, their words and deeds must also reflect glorious gift within.
Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
The Spirit teaches that the key is praying in the Spirit to be able to fully use all the spiritual gifts freely given by God to be used for His glory and majesty.