We have an In-House Bible Teacher.
God’s promises for life are too extraordinary for us to grasp by ourselves. Consider the Holy Spirit!
God sent a Resident Trainer to live within us to teach you! It’s not enough to simply know the Word of God. We must know, do and experience the spiritual Realities God promises us.
Ideally, this happens through the open give-&-take of a question/answer-based approach in an “Active Natural Learning” community, like how Jesus learned (Luke 2:46-47). However, even with an intense desire to understand the treasure of Christ’s provision in God’s Word in an open, responsive learning community, Scripture is a closed Book without the ministry of the Spirit of God.
Look up the verses below. Make this active by first jotting down your brief notes.
1. The Holy Spirit reminds us of God’s truth (John 14:26).
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, has promised to teach you all things and call to your remembrance everything you need to know. It’s His work within us that enables us to know, respond to and experience truth.
2. God’s Spirit guides our lives on our lifelong journey (John 16:13).
We are on an adventure of discovery with God and the Holy Spirit is our Guide. He has promised to guide us into all His truth.
3. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us through Scripture (John 16:14-15).
The Co-Author of Scripture also acts as the Interpreter of Scripture. Jesus says, “The Spirit will demonstrate Me to you.” The Spirit takes Jesus Christ and lifts Him up, revealing our Lord to us as a moment-by-moment Reality.
4. The Spirit of God searches the deep things of God
(1 Corinthians 2:10).
It’s only the Spirit of God who searches out the deep things of God and reveals them to our longing hearts. No more excuses like: “I’m not smart enough to understand the Bible.”
5. God’s Spirit attunes our hearts to God-Reality (Ephesians 1:18).
The Spirit of God clears our minds and tunes our hearts so that we can understand Reality and His call on our lives. That flash of insight so we know…really know…God as actually present comes from the Spirit. He illuminates the text to us and for us like an inner floodlight.
6. God’s Spirit teaches every Christian, directly and through others (1 John 2:26-27).
It’s the promised privilege of every Christian to be taught by the Spirit of God (anointing). None are disqualified…even if you were not a good student in school. This is a spiritual book and the Spirit gives us His “holy nudge” towards understanding truth and what to do with it.
7. The Spirit of God releases in us a passion for Scripture
(1 Thessalonians 1:6b).
Studying Scripture with the Spirit as Resident Teacher can become one of the most joyful experiences of life. The Spirit changes our emotional tone as we approach learning as lifelong life-learners.
8. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to better know God (Ephesians 1:17-18).
9. God’s Spirit teaches us who we are (Romans 8:15-17).
Outside personally knowing God, nothing is more important for growth than knowing ourselves the way the Community-God knows us. Who are you? Do you see yourself accurately? Are you inwardly quiet enough, tranquil, resting, fully satisfied in Him? Pour water into a basin and look at your reflection. When the waters are disturbed, the image is distorted. Now wait. Be still, quiet. When the waters are perfectly still, look again at your more accurate reflection.
10. The Spirit transforms us into Christ-likeness
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
How can we experience and reflect the very likeness of our Lord Jesus? God’s Spirit transforms us from one ever-increasing level of His reflected glory to another. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” to be transformed into the image of Christ.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, the Spirit puts the pieces together in the way they fit.
Take a few minutes for active learning. Briefly summarize in your journal two or three key ideas for you.
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