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#2.6 LET THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACH US AND GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH

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Introduction 2.6

There are two more essential things here to enable us to get the truth from the word of God: first let the Holy Spirit guide us into all truth, and commit our works to the Lord. This bible study gives the conclusion on how to get the truth from the word of God.

#2.6 LET THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACH US AND GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH

JOHN 14:26 (Jesus)
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.

JOHN 16:13 (Jesus)
13 However when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-14 (Paul)
9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love him.
10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God no man knows, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things we also speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 JOHN 2:20,27
20 But you have an anointing1 from the Holy One, and you know all things.
27 But the anointing1 which you have received of him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you: but as the same anointing1 teaches you of all things, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.

Note: The word translated anointing1 (1 John 2:20), and the one translated anointing1 (1 John 2:27), are both the same Greek word χρίσμα (Gtr. chrisma) which means "anointing". It is used of the anointing oil in the Septuagint (Exodus 29:7; 30:25), and it is also used metaphorically of the Holy Spirit here, which is evidenced by other scriptures:

(Luke 4:18) "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;" and
(Acts 10:38) "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit".

Compare also that the "Holy Spirit ... shall teach you all things" (John 14:26), while "the anointing teaches you of all things," (1 John 2:27), and that the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), "shall be in you." (John 14:17), while "the anointing which you have received of him abides in you," (1 John 2:27). All this confirms that the Holy Spirit and the anointing are the same. Note also that three times the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13), and on one occasion he is referred to as the comforter (John 14:16-17), which we have already seen to be the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). Thus we can conclude that the anointing, the comforter, the Spirit of truth, and the Holy Spirit are all the same spirit.
This does not mean that we automatically have the truth when we receive the Holy Spirit! He will guide us into all truth (John 16:13), as we diligently seek for it, "he who seeks finds;" (Matthew 7:8), and conform our lives to what we have been shown, "to you who hear shall more be given." (Mark 4:24). (See also Isaiah 58:6-11).

#2.7 COMMIT OUR WORKS UNTO THE LORD

PALMS 37:5 (David)
5 Commit1 your way to the LORD; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.

PROVERBS 16:3 (Solomon)
3 Commit1 your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.

Note: The word translated commit1 (Hb. גּוֹל Htr. gōl) literally means "Roll", and gives the impression "rolling our ways over onto God" or of "giving" our ways to him. To do this properly the heart needs to be cleansed from selfish desires, and full of God's word, so that our ways can be surrendered, or submitted to him from the heart. When we have done this we can resist the Devil and his deceptions effectively (James 4:7). Our thoughts may not be established properly without doing this, because the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance whatever we have heard and learned from God (John 14:26). Why does this have to be done? because a man cannot establish his own thoughts. Anyone who has ever sat in an examination, trying to remember what to put down on the paper, and has not been able to do it, knows that he cannot. The obvious question then is, "Where do our thoughts come from?" God gives us the answer to this in his word:

(Genesis 6:5) "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
(Matthew 15:18-19) "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"
(Mark 7:21) "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,"

The thoughts come from the heart, and these and other scriptures (Jeremiah 17:9) show that the heart is wicked without being renewed by God's word. To properly surrender our ways to God then, our heart needs to be surrendered. When our thoughts are established by God, then we will not be deceived. This is the state of a righteous man who has God's word in his heart (Psalms 37:30-31; Isaiah 51:7):

(Proverbs 12:5) "The thoughts of the righteous are right:"

#2.8 CONCLUSION ON HOW TO OBTAIN THE TRUTH FROM GOD'S WORD

In order to get the truth out of the word of God we need to study the word of God the way that he has told us to do it. This involves rightly dividing the word of God (See #3) and meditating on it (See #2.45, #2.46, #2.47). We also need to give diligence to repent of sin, which prepares our heart to receive God's word, seek for the truth of God's wisdom, and remove all causes of deception from our lives. If we do these things, God will surely reveal his truth to us.

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