About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Don't Need Teachers – We Have Jesus
I was listening to a Christian radio talk show, a man called in claiming
he didn't need anyone to teach him the things of God.
He went on to say that Jesus told us the Holy Spirit would teach
us everything we need to know. The
talk show host did a good job at refuting the caller's assertion, but he
missed one major point.
of all, Jesus didn't say any such thing. Granted, in John 16:13 He did
say the Holy Spirit would "lead us into all truth", but He
never said that we don't need human teachers.
It was John who actually said "something" like that.
1 John 2:27 says, "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 that
anointing is real, not counterfeit …" This
is the Scripture the caller attempted to explain.
Like many Christians today, the caller didn't know his Bible.
He didn't know where the quote was found, who made the statement,
and how to understand the quote. Is
John really saying that we don't need human teachers?
Here's where a little
education in history is important. John
wrote these words around 80 to 90 AD.
At that time in
Because of Cerinthus'
counterfeit teaching John tells his readers that they have an anointing
of the Spirit within them which is not counterfeit, as was Cerinthus'
teaching. That anointing
should teach his readers what is right and what is wrong.
The context of John's statement, and the history behind his
statement, tells us that John is simply saying not to believe what
Cerinthus is teaching. The
anointing of the Spirit should tell you that what Cerinthus is teaching
is counterfeit. John's
statement has nothing to do with the false notion that we don't need
well balanced, educated, Godly teachers to help us along in the faith.
If he was saying we didn't need such teachers, why was he writing
these words of instruction in the first place?
It amazes me that every
so often someone comes up with this illogical idea that there is no need
for teachers in the Body of Christ.
Paul taught. Peter
taught. James taught. Philip
taught. Teachers are one of
the four gifts of Christ found in Ephesians 4:11.
It's listed as a function in the Body of Christ in 1 Corinthians
12:28. The list could
go on. Teachers are
important, both to teach Biblical truth, and also to refute men like
Cerinthus, and we do have some Cerinthus' hanging around the church