As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2, verse 27.
A few days ago, we talked about how anointing consecrates, sets us apart for God’s purpose. And we’ve been talking all along about how it’s tough to remain in Jesus because evil is always smiling at us, beside us every step of our faith journey. Today, let’s talk about two other thoughts.
One is that we don’t need anyone to teach us when God speaks to us. Do you have the temerity to stand up to God and way “yeah, but” when He speaks? I know I don’t. It’s not cowardice: it’s simply an acknowledgement that He is God and I’m not. When God speaks, his every word is a teachable moment. And when God speaks, what He says is complete. His Scriptures are complete just as they are; they don’t need addition or subtraction (or my commentary). They are enough. And besides, can you think of a better teacher than the original one?
The second thought is that God’s teaching to us is good advice. Not just our hearts: everything. Did you ever consider that the first few books of the Bible, the ones that teach the history of man and God’s commands for living, are excellent practical advice? God not only taught his people then – and us now – about how to live a spiritual life. No, those words from Moses also teach us how to live in community, complete with codes for hygiene, justice, commerce, and familial relations. Everything that we need to live in harmonious society is contained there. Everything we need to know on how to deal with anything that’s happening in our lives is there. What’s more, where Jesus came to then teach how He is the fulfillment of all things, He also taught us to live in that perfect communion, both re-affirming those Mosaic dictates while putting them in true perspective.
It’s in knowing these things that the apostle cautions us to remain in Him. That takes study, prayer, open hearts, repentance and forgiveness. It takes patience, yet here again God is both teacher and advisor. He modeled those actions in His time on earth as man. In reality, He has been modeling them for all time. It’s still our privilege in life here to remain in Him. We are to be fueled, to share, to forgive, to worship, to love, and to grow in our relationship with Him. Everything else is second rate.
Lord, strengthen me to remain in you. Teach me, guide me, rebuke me and love me.