All Bible Teachers Must Depend Upon The Divine Teacher
By Dr. M. Ashton
In speaking of teaching the Word of God, we can no more leave out God the Holy Spirit than we could leave out God the Father from the work of creation, or God the Son from the work of salvation.
When our Lord Jesus Christ spoke to His disciples the wonderful words recorded in John chapters 14 to 16 and told them that after His ascension He would send them another Comforter, the first positive statement He made concerning the work of that Comforter was that He would teach. “...He shall teach you all things...” (John 14:26).
Let us think about this great Teacher, God the Holy Spirit. Of course we cannot divide the Godhead. When the Lord Jesus lived on earth, the Father was in Him and the Spirit filled Him, and when we say that the Holy Spirit lives on earth, we recognize that the Father and the Son are present in Him. “...Another Comforter…shall be in you…I will come to you…and My Father will love him…and We will make our abode with him” (John 14:16-23).
His Power as He Works in the Teacher
You are told that your students must see Jesus in you if you are to lead them to Him. Did you realize that the Holy Spirit has the power to do just that in you, to create in you, even you, a Christlikeness as Christ by His Spirit dwells in your heart? “...Strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...” (Eph. 3:16-17).
“Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart” (2 Cor. 3:3). This means that we are to be like letters which tell people about the Lord Jesus, and that the writing of this letter is to be made on our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
If you are to teach you must yourself be taught, and it is the Holy Spirit who has power to teach you to understand the Bible in such a way that you can teach it and make it living and real to your students. “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ…nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit…” (2 Cor. 3:14-17).
This means that when we turn actively to the Holy Spirit to teach us He will open our eyes to see the Lord Jesus in the Scriptures in a way we never have before.
Then He gives you power to enable you in your teaching. In Luke 4:18 we are told that the Lord Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit to preach. If He needed that anointing how much more do we for all our teaching.
Lastly, and perhaps the most important of all, the Holy Spirit has the power to teach you to pray for your students. If your life is yielded to Him, He will pray through you, and you will be enabled to pray for them faithfully and earnestly, as you must if you are to see real spiritual results in them.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit [Himself] maketh intercession for us...” (Rom. 8:26).
His Power as He Works in the Students
Your desire is that your students will so understand God’s Word that they will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and then grow in their Christian lives. To this end they must first be convicted of sin. Only the Holy Spirit has power to do this. “And when He is come He will convict the world of sin…” (John 16:8). Then they must be brought to understand the work of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. This also the Holy Spirit has power to do. “…He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:14).
Then they must be born again, and it is the Holy Spirit who has the power to bring about this new birth in response to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. “Born of the Spirit” (see John 3:5, 6, 8).
Then they must walk in the Christian pathway and grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. This walk is to be in the Spirit. And it is His power which will enable them for everything that this walk involves.
Remember that if your teaching is to produce lasting results, the one absolute essential is that you constantly recognize the person, the presence and the power of the divine Teacher, God the Holy Spirit.
– Condensed from The Overcomer.