He says, “I have many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.” The many things that Jesus has to say unto them are things that are found for us in the remainder of the New Testament. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? So we are beginning now with the ministry of the Lord in the view of his absence. That means that a baby cannot be spiritual. What’s the remedy of the carnal, weak man, the babe in Christ? But you can’t look in the mirror and see the Holy Spirit. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.”. He says “He shall glorify me for he shall receive of mine and shall show it unto you.” What is the essence of the teaching of the Holy Spirit? Now, of course, there is also a sense in which the spirit guides the “whole church.” And we should, therefore, not expect all of the revelation of the Holy Spirit on the word, his illuminating ministry, to be complete at any particular time throughout the Christian age. We will spend several times on this because included in this will be the study of the gift of tongues, which is such a live issue today. Lord Jesus, You said that when the Holy Spirit came, He would teach me all things I need to know. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”. Now, by using that as an illustration, who can know the things of God? We should seek to systematize the things that we have learned from the word. Whether you hope for encouragement, miracles, or knowledge, look to the Holy Spirit. An unbeliever cannot get saved unless they are first convicted by the Holy Spirit. We have to know what modifiers are and so on. 1. That’s what Jesus stressed as He continued teaching His disciples about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now, the Bible is on a wavelength that the ears of the natural man cannot hear. Well, it should glorify Jesus Christ. Jesus was informing us that if we are willing to listen to the Holy Spirit and to follow His instructions, He will act as a Guide for our lives. Have you ever experienced the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit? And I dare say that most Christians today can really only take milk. He doesn’t really have a name. And so, he has entered into an experience of it. We have to use a dictionary. Now, after this brief introduction, I want you to turn with me to the first part of our study, which is the prophetical passage, the teacher and the teaching promised. I am serious about learning, and I take it as my responsibility to internalize and put into practice what He teaches me through diligent study and by application of His words in my life experience. John, chapter 16, verses 12 through 15. And so, we speak of it as the baptizing ministry of the Spirit. Our Lord is in the Upper Room Discourse, instructing his Disciples in the light of his absence in the present age. Now, what does our Lord mean by guide? Dwell in us. What is taught may be not only knowledge, opinions, or facts but also artistic and technical skills, all of which are to be systematically and thoroughly acquired by the learner through the activity of a teacher.”6. Teaching is a fundamental part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. But it’s just not true! But he is a babe. Let’s look at that word “teach” in today’s Sparkling Gem and see what Jesus meant when He chose this word. As I’ve often said to you, there is no valid Christian experience which is not wedded to the words of the Bible. The doctrine of the resurrection, the doctrine of the wisdom of God, the doctrine of saints going to war with one another, the doctrine of marriage and divorce, the doctrine of eating things sacrificed to idols, and so on. It’s the exterior test of the inner light. Well, you know that in the summertime, bats fly up from Mexico five to eight million strong. We think a great deal of wisdom, but we think most of God’s wisdom and less of man’s wisdom. Now with regard to the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit, in John 14:16 Our Lord told the disciples that the Holy Spirit "...will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." April 13, 2016 Issue. And since they do not have the Holy Spirit, they cannot understand them and since they do not have the Holy Spirit they cannot carry out those things. Receive our monthly newsletter with news and teaching from Andrew, via E-Mail. 1 Corinthians, chapter 2, verse 6 through chapter 3, verse 4, is our great passage on the teaching received. Then, later on, there was discussion about the Holy Spirit and so on down through the years, various aspects of the Biblical teaching have come under discussion and study by the church and often, controversy. That’s why Paul said, “don’t appoint a novice an elder.” Don’t do that. “Even as unto babes in Christ.” Now, that text proves that a spiritual man cannot be… Or is not a babe. If you’re in this audience and you’re not converted, you’re a natural man; the Bible is nonsense to you because you need the Holy spirit. Now, will you listen as I read these verses, beginning with the 12th verse? There are three great passages on the Spirit’s teaching ministry, and we shall consider them in something of a logical order. It is the same for us; the Holy Spirit knows exactly where we should go and … Now, one other point we want to make before we pass on in verse 13, we read here: “Howbeit, when the spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth.” Now, if you just read that one word “into,” you would expect that to mean that he will guide us into all the truth. And, finally, we should seek to systematize, systematic interpretation. In John 16:13, Jesus said, “Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall … Well, the Holy One is Jesus Christ. This is the objective criterion for the test of all doctrine, the word of God. The basic theme of the training is to teach what Jesus taught, that which took men who were This is the “pedagogical” passage. Well, almost everyone reads this, unfortunately, from the standpoint of 1971, or whatever their particular place in time may be. He needs to feed on the milk so that he may become strong and be able to take the meat. Well, I think, this we can say immediately that the word guide suggests that our knowledge of the truth is a gradual appropriation of the truth. Now, we also read here, “and he shall you things to come.” What are ‘things to come’? Can a baby eat meat? It is used so often, in fact, that its meaning is very well established. You need to be born again. If you’re seeking the best Teacher in the world, look no further! If we do not understand His ministry and how He operates in our lives, we could find ourselves believing a fable. It is not so much what they get in the classroom, though that is tremendously important, it is that most of the men who come have been born again, they have received the Holy Spirit as the indwelling presence of God, and since it is he who has written the Bible, he is best able to explain it, and through the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit they have come to understand spiritual things. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He would be like a blind man who may be able to explain the theory of color more effectively than a little child. But, he also has a ministry to believers. Now, that takes place in our experience, when we believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ. That involves a defined process, but also we must depend on the Holy Spirit in every aspect of teaching: Bible study, development of the … Spirit-Filled Teaching by Roy Zuck is an excellent book on the role of the Holy Spirit in teaching ministry, written by a master teacher and Bible expositor. Now, that may seem strange to us because we have often people saying to us, “well, what we need to do is go back to the Gospels.” This is a common statement by liberal theologians who do not like the theology of the Apostle Paul. One of the best tools for understanding the Bible is to know a little about the English language. He’s the unsaved man. And I’m only going to point to a couple of things in 1 John, chapter 2. But, if I keep coming up with something unique and different from everybody else, well then watch out. As we read in Zechariah, “It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord that things are accomplished.” That means that we can never do anything for God in the power of the human flesh; that the things that please God are the things that are done in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the one who knows God. But I have lots of things to say. So implicit in this is a recognition of the fact that there must be a cooperation on the part of each one of us as the Spirit teaches us. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out /  Pastor Holland helps people grow in God’s love and grace through his books, radio ministry , television ministry and teaching ministry at churches and conferences around the world. And you’ve probably had that same experience too. He’s a babe. I can only speak for myself, I’ve studied the Bible now pretty diligently for thirty years, and I do not feel that I know everything in the Bible. That’s not nearly so important as these first two, but it is important. There is another thing about this text that we should not pass by without noticing, and that is that our Lord indicates from this that the things that he taught the disciples were not a complete revelation of the mind of God. Well, my wife hardly sees anything. We saw that it was the work of the Spirit to impart life and, logically, that life resulted from the imparting work of the Holy Spirit and that faith resulted from that. This explains how we come to know the truth. Read John chapters 14, 15 and 16, and notice all the references to the Holy Spirit in which He is clearly presented as a Person, one with the Father and with Christ Himself. There are, perhaps, some methods that we can learn that will be some help to us but ultimately, to study the Bible and to get something out of it is the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of a believer. And I’m persuaded that this is the greatest hindrance to the understanding of Scripture, the fact that we are not rightly related to the Holy Spirit. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, the Greek text says, of the man which is in him.”. If everybody is going around talking about the spiritual gifts and everybody is seeking the spiritual gifts and everybody is glorifying the Holy Spirit, then you can say there’s something missing in that teaching. But, she doesn’t see anything. I may be looking at you and saying “My, what a strange looking character you are.” And you may be looking at me and saying “what a strange remark for you to make.” No one knows what we think except, we ourselves. Ask for willing children to read aloud Romans 8:11 and John 14:16-17. That’s where I first got my understanding of what that must mean. He may feed on the meat of the word. Well, go home and look it up and you will find you understand the Bible a great deal better if you are able to think logically. In other words, the kind of teaching that causes me to respond in worship of Jesus Christ is essentially the teaching of the Holy Spirit. And consequently, the Holy Spirit may be able to teach one a truth, which he may not be able to teach another. The carnal, weak man needs his milk so that he may grow. For he says, … (Matthew 22:43). ( Log Out /  So, the carnal weak. That is very important, therefore, it would seem to me even from this text itself you can judge the general scriptural character of movements in Christianity. The Bible uses such simple logical devices as syllogisms, for example. It’s not glorifying Christ! But, the little child really understands color better because he not only may comprehend something of its principles, but he has “seen” it. That ministry is the ministry of the Spirit by which he imparts to us spiritual life. That is the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Reformers placed tremendous stress on the gifts of the Spirit to the whole body of Christ. The Christian is dependent on the ministry of the Spirit from the time of his regeneration until his glorification. If we go to the Bible only, then we have a book that is a dead letter. It is Jesus’ way of saying, what I taught you disciples is not sufficient to guide you and direct you and minister to you throughout your earthly life. This pervades all of this, so that, all of our historical interpretation should be guided by the Spirit, all of our grammatical interpretation and so on. His whole teaching centres in Christ. When a person is sickly? We’re not upset when they have to wear diapers, are we? Well, I’m inclined to believe that is a great chapter on the Holy Spirit because any chapter that glorifies Jesus Christ is a chapter in which the Holy Spirit finds a great deal of delight. But, that’s not all; we should have a grasp of the history of the background of the particular passage that we are studying. We are familiar, I hope, with this passage. He shall glorify me for he shall receive of mine and shall show it unto you. You see human interpretation and divine illumination. More ways to receive this teaching: Dr. S. Lewis Johnson provides a thorough exposition of how the Holy Spirit guides the saints in learning and knowing God's truth and the Scriptures. But if you never go to a Bible school or read a teaching book, the Holy Spirit will still teach you, because He is ordained by the Father to do just that. Spirit-Filled Teaching: The Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Ministry: Zuck, Roy B.: 9780849915604: Books - Amazon.ca “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 8 Functions of the Holy Spirit as Taught by Jesus. We pray. [Laughter] She looks at that field, she doesn’t see anything much. 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