Thursday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

1 John 2:26-27

The Anointing

This passage teaches us three things: 1) That there are false teachers who attempt to deceive us; 2) that we have an anointing (our regeneration in the Holy Spirit and his presence within us) who speaks to us through the word that we may know the truth; and, 3) that we must abide in him that we may abide in the truth.

First, there have always been false teachers among us; there always will be.  Those of John’s day were teaching that Jesus was not the Christ (2:21-23).  Soon, he will tell us that the false teachers also deny that Jesus Christ came in the flesh (4:2-3).  As I spoke elsewhere, these were among the first heresies the Church encountered in her infancy as “Gnostics” taught that God could not come in the flesh but only seemed to walk among us in the person of Jesus.  Believers knew that our very salvation depends on our Lord’s becoming man, living a sinless life, paying our penalty, and rising from the dead.  False teachers now teach much of the same thing as Jesus is considered to be human just like us minus his divinity—something of a long-haired hippy strumming kumbaya at campfires or more recently destroying cities in the name of “social justice.”  We must hold to the biblical Jesus.

Second, believers are those born again of the Spirit (the anointing), John says, and so have no need that anyone teach them.  We must weigh this with other passages of Scripture which tell us that God indeed equips some believers to be teachers in the Church (Ephesians 4:11-16).  So what is it about which believers have no need of teachers?  I cannot say for sure, but my best guess is those matters necessary for salvation, a few of which I mentioned just above, and which are contained in the basic creeds—Apostles’ and Nicene.  All things necessary for salvation are plainly written for anyone to understand—even a pagan.  The question is will he understand them savingly; that is, such that he professes Christ as Savior and Lord.

Finally, the believer abides in Christ; indeed, he must if he will abide in the truth.  He is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5).  To the extent we abide in him and in his word, to that extent do we abide in the truth and stare down deceivers and false teachers.  We shall always need teachers to explain to us the deeper matters of the word for there is always more light to break forth from it.  But believers have been given of His Spirit so that they may know the truth revealed in Scripture and have the assurance of salvation.  Bless the Lord for both His Spirit and for godly teachers.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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