February 6th


"But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him"  (I John 2:27).

We have the Holy Spirit in us, sent by the Father to be our primary teacher.  Jesus  told His disciples, that it was necessary that He go away, so that the Helper or the Holy Spirit would come to teach us (John 16:7).  Jesus stated that, "the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance that I said to you" (John 14:26).  Jesus also said, "But when the Helper comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth whom proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me" (John 15:26).  Again Jesus declares, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine, Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:13-15).  Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit was selfless. The Holy Spirit does not come to focus on Himself.  The Holy Spirit does not come to teach of Himself.  The Holy Spirit does not want any attention to be drawn to Himself.  The Holy Spirit presents the things of Jesus and testifies of Jesus.  The Holy Spirit transforms and renews the mind to the things of Christ in us.

So who or what is the anointing in I John 2:27?  The best interpretation is best seen when we stay in context with the chapter and often the whole Book.  The theme of this Book is having a relationship and fellowship with the Father and the Son (I John 1:3), and fellowship is emphasized throughout the remainder of chapter 1.  Then we move into abiding in Christ, abiding in love, and loving our brothers for chapters 2,  and 4. Chapter 5 comes full circle and talks about our Spirit rebirthing relationship in the Lord Jesus Christ.  John tells us that we "have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things" (I John 2:20).  Peter in his second sermon discusses the crucifixion of the Holy One, and is surely referring to our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:14).  We are told to abide in the Son and in the Father (I John 2:24).  Jesus told his disciples to abide in Him (John 15:7).  All of these focus us to the truth that we are abiding in Christ and the doctrine of Christ in us (II John 9).

After Christ in us as taught by the Holy Spirit, and we abide in Christ,  the Son will begin a higher teaching and revelation of the Father to us (Matt. 11:27).  This anointing is from Christ's nature, character, and expression in us.  The Holy Spirit reveals the truth to us from the Word of God.  Then, true teaching of the Father and all things comes through the anointing from Christ that abides in you! V

Written by Dwight Davis


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