Daily Reading: Daniel 6; 1 John 2
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. (1 John 2:27, NASB95)
The anointing is said to be received from Him, abides in them, and teaches them all things. The anointing assuredly points to the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit’s coming upon Jesus is described as an anointing: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed me…” (Lk. 4:18-19).
- The Holy Spirit is the one who teaches the disciples what to say when they stand on trial (Lk. 12:11-12). The Spirit is the one who reveals God’s wisdom to us (1 Cor. 2:12-13).
- Jesus declares that we have one teacher, that is God (Matt. 23:8). While this probably includes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the latter is the specific one being highlighted.
- John declares that “we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit” (1 Jn. 4:13).
What does it mean, “you have no need for anyone to teach you”?
- God appoints some of His people as teachers (Eph. 4:11), and every believer may have a word of teaching (1 Cor. 14:26), or some other form of exhortation. It is the individual Christian’s responsibility to test what is heard (1 Cor. 14:29). While we have human teachers, we can only understand things taught about God through the Holy Spirit within us (1 Cor. 2:10).
- Part of the new covenant is that all will know Him, from the least to the greatest (Jer. 31:34). Because one enters the new covenant by faith, it is an establishing of a new relationship with God. Since every believer has the Spirit (Rom. 8:9), we do not need to be taught “to know the Lord,” because this is what makes us distinctively His.
We know Him, we have His anointing within us, and He teaches us about all things. Have you learned to listen to the Holy Spirit? How are you learning what the Holy Spirit is teaching you?