In the beginning Adam and Eve walked with God personally. They fellowshipped and were taught by Him directly. He was their Father, Friend, King, God, Protector, Provider, and their Teacher!
After the fall, they lost that direct fellowship. God still found ways to teach them through experiences and certain chosen men but not so directly and things were often misunderstood, or the vessel failed to rightly represent Him.
So eventually, because that men could no longer go to Him and walk with God, God instead came to them and walked with men. Jesus came as the word of God manifested. God in the flesh teaching and rightly representing God’s message. Jesus fellowshipped and instructed. A momentary restoration, or so it seemed.
Then the unexpected happened. He died and left them. How could this be? You see, He actually died for them, and for you and me and all who would believe that God came and took the blame for our sin and failed to maintain His word and instruction that was originally given. Such was the purpose in Jesus’s crucifixion. In doing so was the enemy defeated and our faith built in the resurrection when we see that Christ Himself was risen.
Yet because He ascended into Heaven was His Holy Ghost released and sent back to us as both the Spirit of God drawing truth from the Father, and the spirit of a man coming from the son, Jesus; and able to continually interact with us feeding us spiritual wisdom and revelation given as our daily bread to those who seek it. By this was access to the Teacher given to every man in any given moment, location, or situation!
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” – Revelation 4:1-2
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16
Jesus’s blood was shed to atone for our sins. Through it we can obtain forgiveness. The Holy Spirit was given to resort fellowship and to give all men who would receive it, a teacher.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” – Titus 2:11-15
Jesus said that if we abide we will stay connected to the vine and produce good fruits, the fruits of the spirit or the evidence that we are being taught and led by it. Jesus said that this Holy Spirit would come to lead us into all truth and would speak only of Him. Why is this? Because He is the truth, the way, and the life. The word of God manifested. An object lesson for all of humanity.
The Holy Spirits purpose is to make you holy, like Jesus. To teach you who He really is and to instruct you to surrender to His characteristics. The more time you spend with Him the more you will reflect His teachings and the more you will be like Jesus in character and in obedience to the will of the Father.
“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 hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.” – John 16:13-16
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” – 1 John 2:27-29
“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.” – Galatians 1:11-20
We have direct access to the teacher whenever we desire. We can learn and grow as much as we want. Yet can we also reject Him, His leadings, and instructions. We can walk out of the classroom. We can choose the playground, we can plug our ears, we can refuse to go to school at all and stay immature. The choice is yours. How far to you want to go, how equipped to be used? The way has been made and the door has been opened unto you. It’s up to you to seek to walk through. The bell is ringing, He is calling, the question is, are you coming?
For most, the problem in their spiritual growth lies in this. They rather depend on copying the work of other students then to take time to sit with the teacher themselves and be corrected and go through the testings that help cause them to learn the lessons. Don’t get me wrong, their are students that are more advanced then us in certain areas and it’s not wrong to have a tutor, but don’t see them as the teacher. They are students too.
Ministers are merely tutors, students who have passed the test and can help you to understand what comes next because that they are a few grades ahead of where you are. Their wisdom and friendship is a valuable asset to those who are growing in the Spirit of the Lord. Yet I warn you of this, spend more time with the teacher then with tutors and don’t allow those to lead or to teach you who have not passed the test themselves yet. If the blind lead the blind they will all fall into the ditch. Furthermore, don’t blindly trust those who say that they have passed the test, wait until you see the evidence of it manifested in the fruits of the Spirit. Jesus Himself instructed us in this lesson in His message on wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Have patience with the teachers methods. Don’t try to skip grades, classes, or lessons. Don’t try to title yourself as being further along then you are. Don’t try to play teacher. Simply direct men to the one who truly is. Bring them to the feet of Jesus and teach them how to be taught personally by the Holy Spirit.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” – Acts 2:38-39
“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” – 1 Timothy 4:14-15