But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:26 KJV)
Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would teach them all things. In fact, Jesus’ words explicitly reveal that the Father sent the Holy Spirit to teach us—He is our Teacher. In this devotional, we will briefly examine what the Spirit teaches us and His method of teaching or instruction.
Before examining the method and content of the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry, let us review the biblical meaning of teaching. “To teach,” according to the scriptures, is essentially to transfer or impart knowledge. Furthermore, knowledge in the Bible is information(awareness) and experience( or skill). This background information—of the meaning of teaching and knowledge—helps us appreciate the full extent of the teaching ministry of the Spirit.
So how does the Spirit teach us? He teaches by imparting or giving us knowledge as information and skill. There are three keywords here: impart, knowledge as information, and knowledge as skill. Impartation is the transfer from the Spirit to us. When He brings knowledge as information to us, we call it a revelation. For example, He revealed Christ to Isaiah—He taught Isaiah about Christ.
When He imparts skills or experience, He empowers us. David was an excellent example of Someone who knew the Spirit as the Teacher of skill. He said:
“Blessed be the Lord my strength, Who teacheth my hands to war, And my fingers to fight:” (Psalm 144:1 KJV)
David quickly learned that the extraordinary skills he had for battle were not ordinary; something, or better-still, Someone strengthened Him in battle and made Him know what to do. Besides David, the Spirit taught Bezaleel how to build the instruments of the Tabernacle(Exodus 31:1-6). Neither David nor Bezaleel were “hearing voices” in their ears telling them what to do. Instead, they simply knew how to do what they were doing; their minds and hands were supernaturally empowered, strengthened, or “taught.”
But what sort of things does the Spirit teach us? Obviously, His primary lesson is Christ: The Father has sent Him to reveal Jesus to us and teach us of His ways. Furthermore, He teaches us ministry through revelation and empowerment in our various ministries. But His teaching ministry does not end with spiritual matters. Just as He taught David’s fingers to hold the sword and fight, He can teach us to run that business, raise those kids, solve that mystery at work, discover the next big tech breakthrough, etc.
Do you see why God thinks we should never fail? Because the Comforter, the Source of all knowledge and power, is in us. Arise, therefore, shine!
How does the Spirit teach us?
Apply the Word
The more you know, fellowship, and yield to the Spirit, the more you experience His teaching ministry. Let Him teach you all things—from Christ to how to build that business.
Thank the Father for giving us a Teacher.