I John 2:27: “But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: “I am going to quit school!”, I told my young wife. I was on fire for the Lord Jesus and knew in my heart that His return was imminent. I read this verse and ran with it. When Karen asked me why I was going to quit school, I replied – “I have the anointing! I John 2:27 tells me that I have no need that anyone should teach me. Jesus and me, that is all I need!” My loving wife looked at me and said, “Kirk – you need to finish school.”
Well, my wife was right. I was young, enthusiastic, impetuous, and needed to grow up and learn from others. At that time I didn’t realize how much I had missed the meaning of this verse as I attempted to use it to justify my desire to quit school. Thank God for His patience, and for the love and patience of my wife. Jesus has tarried in His return from my earlier predictions, and I have learned a lot by being taught by others. God’s grace and mercy have been very patient with me as I continue to grow up in my walk of faith.
So then – what does this verse mean? Surely John was not saying what I misconstrued this verse to mean. The context of this verse is dealing with false prophets, the antichrist, and discerning truth from error. As Born Again, Spirit filled believers, Christ now dwells in our hearts through faith. The Holy Spirit is our constant companion, comforter, teacher, and guide. He leads us into all truth and away from error. He does this even when we are not aware of it. There is an inner sense, a knowing in our spirit, when we approach something that is not of the Lord.
During the same time I thought I did not need to finish school, I was also trying to witness to and reach a co-worker that was a Mormon. He invited me to his house to talk about spiritual things. I jumped at the chance. Bible in hand – I was ready to win the day, and a couple of souls! Two hours later I left his house, and the two older “Elders”, with a Bible in one hand and a Book of Mormon in the other. My head was spinning. I was confused. But deep down in my heart I had the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit. I knew something was not right, even though I did not know what that “something” was. The “anointing” was teaching me in the midst of my confusion.
As I have walked with the Lord, finished my training, studied His Word, and learned from others, I have also found another aspect that is set forth in this verse. John writes – “But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” All teaching, all revelation, all prophetic utterance that is of the Lord will always lead us straight to Jesus. If Jesus is not the beginning, the middle, and the end of it all – I dismiss it. The anointing that is within us, the Holy Spirit, is to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father. If it does anything else it is a false anointing!
Lord, thank you for the anointing that abides, comforts, teaches and guides! Thank You for Your indwelling Holy Spirit! May I yield to Him each day, and may I grow closer and closer to my Lord Jesus Christ!
In Jesus Name!