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The Holy Spirit as Teacher

by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2 (nlt)

No one can learn unless the Holy Spirit helps him or her to learn and helps the teacher to teach. Nothing can be done without the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel cannot be preached without the Holy Spirit. The sinner cannot be saved and born again without the work of the Holy Spirit.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives as a teacher, revealer, guider, counselor, instructor, and advocate. An advocate is one who defends you in times of trial and trouble. An advocate will fight on your behalf so you will be victorious and win the battle.

The Holy Spirit is our helper; He is called alongside us to help us on our work for the Lord. Being a Christian is not a walk in the park; there will be difficulty and times of pressure and impossibility. The Holy Spirit brings possibility to the impossibility, and when we call Him alongside of us and ask for His Help, we can be sure that He will answer our call and help us to accomplish the task.

But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you.

John 16:7 (nlt)

Here, Jesus was actually saying that it is to our advantage that He was going to the Father, so the Holy Spirit can come and assist us. The Holy Spirit was sent to replace Jesus on the earth. In another verse, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as another, not another that is different but another that is just like Jesus.

The reason that I can think of why Jesus said it was better for the Holy Spirit to come than He ( Jesus) stay was because when Jesus was walking the earth, He (the Holy Spirit) was limited to dwelling in fullness to just Jesus’s body. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in fullness in 120, and spread to more and more.

Today the Holy Spirit dwells in fullness (after baptism in the Holy Spirit) in millions all around the world at the same time. It is better that the Holy Spirit be in fullness in millions all around the world—doing the works of Jesus ( John 14:1214)—than be limited to one body of Jesus.

The body of Christ would be limited to Jesus’s physical body if the Holy Spirit had not come. The church was birthed the day the Holy Spirit came. The body of Christ is growing, and the Gospel is spreading because of the Holy Spirit.

Asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.

Ephesians 1:1819

I encourage people to pray this prayer for themselves, to personalize it. In verse 19, I believe that the "incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe" is the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus; it is the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us.

If you have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, then you have the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John chapter 14, verses 12 through 14 that the works that Jesus did, believers shall do them, and even greater works will be done.

Paul prayed that they would understand this Great Resurrection within them. We should also pray for understanding as well as for others this way. The Holy Spirit will teach us these truths and bring us to understanding.

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Colossians 1:9 (nlt)

The Holy Spirit will teach us and help us teach people in order that they come to the full, complete knowledge of His Will as well as give us spiritual wisdom and understanding. One of the most important roles of the Holy Spirit is to bring wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to the people. The vehicles that the Holy Spirit uses are the Word of God, as well as the born-again believer that is Spirit-filled and teaching the Word of God.

Listen now to [me]; I will counsel you, and God will be with you. You shall represent the people before God, bringing their cases and causes to Him, teaching them the decrees and laws, showing them the way they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people—God fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain—and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers.

Exodus 18:1921 (amp)

Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law, was a man of wisdom. He received this wisdom from God and by His Spirit. It is wisdom like this that will solve problems and answer questions. This is an example of the wisdom of God that you will have when you receive the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Now for a long time Israel was without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law.

2 Chronicles 15:3 (amp)

It is very important for God’s people to be teaching the Word of God. God has commissioned us in the Great Commission to go into all the world and make disciples. A disciple is a "learned one" or a "student" or "taught one." How can we make disciples without teaching them?

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:1920

The Greek word for disciples is Strong’s Concordance number G3100, and it is pronounced mathēteuō. It is defined in the Thayer Greek Dictionary as to: (1) to be a disciple of one; (1a) to follow his precepts and instructions; (2) to make a disciple; (2a) to teach, instruct.

The Strong’s Greek Dictionary defines it this way: intransitively to become a pupil; transitively to disciple, that is, enroll as scholar: be a disciple, instruct, teach.

We are commanded to teach in the Great Commission in evangelizing the world and proclaiming the good news we are to teach. Teaching is needed in the church as well, and God gifts people and anoints them to do this. Even though every Christian should teach in order to fulfill the Great Commission, there are some that have the fivefold ministry gift to teach. The fivefold ministry gift to teach is a supernatural grace from God.

The Holy Spirit has many gifts and graces, and when He gifts a Christian to stand in the office of a teacher, you will definitely notice. You will notice that the Holy Spirit really brings understanding to you, as you hear the teacher teach the Word of God.

And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

Ephesians 4:1114 (amp)

God has given the body of Christ these offices and people to minister in a way that brings understanding, maturity, and that the believers come to the knowledge of the truth in a way that they cannot be erred away.

These ministry gifts are also to equip the believer for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Every believer should be involved in "the work of the ministry." Notice I did not say that every believer should quit their job and work in the ministry. God calls us all to the "work of the ministry, but He doesn’t call us all to work full time in the ministry.

The work of the ministry should be done by every believer; wherever he or she works, he or she can do the work of the ministry. Every Christian lawyer, doctor, and policeman can do the work of the ministry by being a witness and sharing and teaching the Word as they get the opportunity.

Every believer has been given a gift, and he or she will be accountable to God at the Judgment Seat of Christ as to how they used it:

Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and wonders [that are to take place] in Israel from the Lord of hosts, Who dwells on Mount Zion. And when the people [instead of putting their trust in God] shall say to you, Consult for direction mediums and wizards who chirp and mutter, should not a people seek and consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? [Direct such people] to the teaching and to the testimony! If their teachings are not in accord with this word, it is surely because there is no dawn and no morning for them.

Isaiah 8:1820 (amp)

We should direct people to the teachings and the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. We should direct the world to the teachings of the Bible, to the way of salvation. We can teach sinners the way and explain to them the only way to salvation.

The power of the Holy Spirit in our ministry is a must in order for us to be successful. That is why the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a prerequisite to successful ministry. The teaching ministry is one of the most important ministries that the Holy Spirit will use us in. He gives us the ability added on to our learned ability to teach and bring understanding to the ones we teach.

Jesus is our model for ministry; let’s see how the Master did it.

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good news about the Kingdom. And He healed every kind of disease and illness.

Matthew 9:35 (nlt)235 Born Anew

The first thing that Jesus did after He received the power of the Holy Spirit was not to heal but to teach. Teaching is just as supernatural as healing the sick. Jesus couldn’t heal the sick until He taught them. The Bible says that, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Faith comes by the Word, and faith for healing cannot come until the Word is heard and believed.

Finally, the scriptures are clear that teaching is the most manifested ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin to the ones who hear the Word of God taught. The Holy Spirit teaches the Word of God to the people in the counseling room, and as a result of the conviction, there is a change of heart and behavior:

When the crowds heard Him, they were astounded at His teaching. But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees with His reply, they met together to question Him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap Him with this question: "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?"

Matthew 22:3336 (nlt)

Jesus was recognized as many things, but the thing that He did the most as far as ministry was to teach. He was mostly recognized as a teacher among the experts of the law. I encourage you to teach the Word of God and to continue to share the knowledge of the Lord in all the earth. The psalm tells us, "The Lord gave the Word, Great was the person who proclaims it." The book of Romans tells us, "How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim good news."


Taken from Dr. Jonathan Doctor's book "BORN ANEW - Living the New Life with God's Prevailing Purpose"