A HIGHLY DANGEROUS SCRIPTURE July 30, 2014
I don’t know any Bible verse fraught with the power to divide—or filled with more explosive potential. The man who walked with the resurrected Jesus the longest time of any New Testament writer said this: “As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you” (I John 2:27). This could bring down the church on the one hand or release passive people into their destiny on the other.
What John didn’t mean:
- We can do away with teachers. The church needs gifted teachers to help people come to maturity (Ephesians 4:11-13). John was one of them.
- We can do away with community. We are encouraged to “not give up meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25).
- The Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher. As Jesus prepared to leave, he told the disciples, “It is for your good that I am going away…When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:7,13). What could be more important than a constant Companion who leads us into all truth?
- No teacher can replace the Holy Spirit. The anointing is a Christian’s highest asset. We never grow beyond dependence upon the Spirit.
- Teachers help us move toward independence. We rely less on them and more on the Spirit. Parents, likewise, train their children to function without them.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians who scuffled like immature children, “I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it” (I Corinthians 3:1,2). Put simply, he said, “Grow up!”
The author of Hebrew wrote similarly, “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:11-14).
Maturity is described as:
- not needing someone to teach us elementary truths
- training ourselves to discern good from evil
- learning quickly
- being able to digest solid food
- successfully sustaining wholesome relationships
Pastors and parents can and should train those under their care for independent, healthy living, independent of them and yet fully dependent upon the anointing of the Spirit. Jesus said that the goal of discipleship is becoming like the teacher (Matthew 10:25). He told the disciples that they were better off with him leaving.
How can this be done? By training people to rely upon the Holy Spirit as we rely upon him. Jesus gave his apostles heavy-duty assignments early in the learning process. “He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every sickness…” He said, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons” (Matthew 10:1,8). Jesus trained by: experience—debrief—experience—debrief. Few notes—many testimonies. He gave the disciples a piece of the pie. He taught them to rely upon the Spirit.
Karen and I are worship leaders, but we seldom lead worship now, because we want to train our young adults to do as we have done. I love preaching, but in order to train preachers and teachers, I must let others do it. When I miss a meeting, it goes on without a hitch. How disturbing is that; they don’t even need me—but they desperately need the Spirit.
The above from Paul Anderson's blog -- to learn about Paul's church go to http://lydiahousechurch.org/
I am praying that Crossroads will continue to develop as a place where men and women are free in Christ, knowing all their potential and growing strong in every way.
Added Wednesday morning -
On facebook I we have what I hope is just the beginning of a conversation - go to https://www.facebook.com/stevekarl/posts/10205823317715948 to see if any more has been shared or to add your comment there.
The first comment is from an amazing brother in the Lord, Pastor Bryan Lowe from Alaska - he writes at brokenbelievers.com