Teach One Another – BT10
Jesus as The Holy Spirit of The Truth is our “One Teacher”
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Jesus says this to all of His disciples: “You are not in possibility to be called rabbi (a), for ONE is your Teacher BUT moreover you are ALL brethren” (b). In context, Jesus implies this is Him while He was physically with them, but after He leaves the earth, “the Father would give them another Parakletos (c), the Holy Spirit (d), implying that Jesus was the first one! <Notes> a) rabbi is Hebrew for ‘teacher’ – John 1:38, b) Matthew 23:8, c) ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, d) John 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:7.
Before Christ came to earth, the Holy Spirit was the guiding teacher! The Psalmist explains in Psalms 143:8, 10: “Make me experientially, relationally gnorizo know (a) The Way I should go. . . . Teach me to do Your will, . . . Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Nehemiah recounts the wilderness experience of the Jews with Moses (b): “You gave your good Spirit to teach them,” just as Isaiah recounts (c): “Who put in the midst of them His Holy Spirit . . . who led them through the depths [of the Red Sea], like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble . . . the Spirit of Yahweh gave them rest. So you led your people.” The Lord also appoints elders to help Moses manage the people (d): “And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall actually bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone.” Note that the Holy Spirit doesn’t come into anybody until the NT! And in Isaiah 58:11, “And Yahweh will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places . . . and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” We know that the Holy Spirit is repeatedly referred to as “springs, fountains, and living water” (e) – see Spirit-Baptism. <Notes> a) gnorizo is a form of ginosko, b) Nehemiah 9:20, c) Isaiah 63:11-13, d) Numbers 11:17, e) Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13, 31:12; Song of Solomon 4:15.
The OT said that Jesus would be our ‘Counselor’ on earth. Remember that Isaiah says (d) of Jesus, “a Child is born, a Son is given, . . . who is called Wonderful Counselor (a).” He also says (e) of Jesus: “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, a branch from his roots that shall bear fruit . . . The Spirit of Yahweh shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and/coupled ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding (b), the Spirit of counsel (a) and/coupled endowed might, the Spirit of gnosis info-knowledge and/coupled the reverential fear (c) of Yahweh.” Paul says (f): “We, having been predestined down-from/according-to the intended purpose of Him who works all things down-from/according-to the boule counsel of His will.” <Notes> a) ya’ata, boule: counselor of advice, purpose, plan, b) sunesis, c) context: resulting in godliness and holiness, d) Isaiah 9:6, e) Isaiah 11:1-2, f) Ephesians 1:11.
The OT talks about Christ guiding us by His Spirit. Isaiah says (a) the Holy Spirit is the “springs of water” by which the Messiah Servant will guide His people in the New Covenant: “Yahweh says: . . . I will make You (My Servant) as a light for the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’ Thus says Yahweh, the Redeemer of Israel and His Holy One (Servant), to the One (Servant) deeply despised, abhorred by the nation (of Israel), . . . Thus says Yahweh: . . .I will keep You and give You as a [New] Covenant to the people, . . . saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Come forth.’ They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture; they shall not hunger or thirst, . . . for He (My Servant) who has pity on them will lead them, that is, by the means of springs of water He will guide them.” Notice that Christ guides them by the means of the Holy Spirit! Isaiah also says (b), “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the parched ground; I will pour My Spirit upon Your offspring, and My blessing on Your descendants.” <Notes> a) Isaiah 49:6-11, b) Isaiah 44:3.
We see Christ teach this, also: “Blessed are the pure (a) of heart shall optanomai gaze in awe with wide-open eyes upon God” and linked this that those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be satisfied” (b), but later clarified: “I am the bread of zoe genuine-life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me shall never thirst” (c), and “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him shall be in him a spring of water welling up to zoe genuine-life everlasting” (d), and for “whoever routinely has trusting-relying-faith in Me, as the [OT] scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall actually flow rivers of living water.’ Now He said this about the Spirit, who those who had trusting-relying-faith in Him were to [later] receive” (e). In Revelation 7:17, one of the 24 elders (f) said to John: “the Lamb in the middle of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them towards/at springs of living water.” <Notes> a) clean, undefiled from sin and guilt, b) Matthew 5:6, 8, c) John 6:35, d) John 4:14, e) John 7:38-39, f) 12 from the OT tribes and the 12 apostles.
After Jesus left, He sent another Parakletos Teacher-Counselor like Himself! Jesus said (a): “Ongoingly I AM The Way [to the Father], and The Truth (b) [about the Father], and The Genuine-life (c) [of the Father] – Absolutely NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me. . . . The Father will give you another Close-Beside-Teacher/Counselor (d) to be with you forever, that is, The Spirit of The Truth (e) . . . Close-Beside-Teacher/Counselor (d), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father shall actually, in the future, send in My name/authority, He will teach you ALL things . . . You already experientially, relationally know (f) Him, because He presently dwells with (g) you (the Parakletos as Jesus) and/also shall, in the future, actually be in you (the Parakletos as the indwelling Holy Spirit of Pentecost forward). . . .When this Close-Beside-Teacher/Counselor (d) has come, whom I shall, in the future, actually send to you from the Father, The Spirit of The Truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness (testify) about Me. . . . When The Spirit of The Truth comes, He will guide you into ALL The Truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears [from Jesus, the Logos Communicator of God] He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.” <Notes> a) John 14:6, 16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:13-14, b) aletheia: absolute reality, c) zoe, d) Parakletos: ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, e) Jesus in John 14:26 and through the NT, f) ginosko, g) para: close beside.
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher-Counselor now on earth! John explains: “You have already been anointed (h) by the Holy One (a), and so you ALL, already, with ongoing results, mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (b). I write to you, not because you do not, already, with ongoing results, mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (b) The Truth, but because you already, with ongoing results, mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (b) it (The Truth), and because no lie [of the false teachers] is of The Truth. . . Let what you heard/listened-to-understand (c) from the beginning remain dwelling in you. If what you heard/listened-to-understand (c) from the beginning remains dwelling in you, then you too will remain dwelling in the Son and in the Father. . . I am actually writing these things to you because of those who are trying to deceive you [as false teachers]. However, the anointing that you already received from Him actually remains dwelling in you, and so you have absolutely in fact no need that anyone should teach you. But just as His anointing actually, ongoingly teaches you about ALL things, and is trustworthy, and thus is no lie – just as it has already taught you, meno remain abiding/dwelling in Him (Jesus). So now, little children, meno remain abiding/dwelling in Him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming (d). “The Truth” isn’t gnosis info-knowledge to inductively ‘connect-the-dots’ to understand (e), but “The Truth” of Jesus Christ (f), incarnate “trust-rely-Faith and Unconditional-love,” dwelling within Christians by the anointing of the Anointed One, who is Christ’s Holy Spirit (g)! <Notes> a) Christ, the Holy and Righteous One: Acts 3:14, 7:52, 22:14, b) eido, c) akouo, d) 1 John 2:20-21, 24, 26-28, e) sunesis, f) John 14:6, g) 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, h) consecration, ordination, endowment.
Jesus is still our Parakletos Advocate in heaven! John says: “But if anyone does sin, we have a [singular] Parakletos Defense-Advocate-Intercessor with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous [One]” (a). Paul asks: “Who is to condemn [us]? Christ Jesus is the One who died [for us] – more than that, who was raised [for us] – who is at the right hand [of all authority] of God, who actually is interceding for us” (b). “There is one God and there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (c). “Consequently, He (Jesus as High Priest) is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near (d) to God through Him, since He always lives to the make intercession (d) for them” (e). <Notes> a) 1 John 2:1, b) Romans 8:34, c) 1 Timothy 2:5, d) see Conversational-Prayer, e) Hebrews 7:25.
As Christian musicians, it seems a lot of Christians will believe almost anybody else but Jesus, when it comes to ministry positions, offices, and titles. Jesus made it clear that we are all simply “brethren and absolutely in no way to call any many Father, Leader, or Teacher, corresponding to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but from about 200 AD on the Church did and has rarely repented! There are so many verses that talk about the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the will of God, especially to hear-to-understand the Jesus as Logos Communicator of God. Jesus is still teaching and counseling us, but since He is seated in heaven interceding for us as our Advocate, He has delegated His teaching/counseling responsibility on earth to His Holy Spirit. There is no mention of Jesus leaving any kind of gramma writings for His people, but constant assurance He has left us His Holy Spirit to guide us into ALL truth!