An anointing we depend on (1 John series #13)

1 John 2:26-27

Thursday, May 9

An anointing that we depend on

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 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 as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in Him.

You have received an anointing… John in particular reported Jesus’ teaching in the transition that was to come, from Jesus and His disciples to the Spirit of Jesus present in and with every believer.
John is emphasising that it is the Holy Spirit who steers us into truth, reminds us of truth and reveals and explains truth. Our discernment of the path of truth, and avoiding what may be close but deceptive, depends on how open we are to the Holy Spirit filling us and guiding us. We depend on that anointing. Otherwise we will be vulnerable, as moribund and closed churches testify.

TO EXPLORE: Jesus’ teaching on the transition the disciples would make, from having Him as their rabbi, through seeing Him cruelly treated as their Messiah, and then experiencing the Holy Spirit as the living, ongoing, empowering presence of God with them and within them. Read again John 14:15-17 and 14:20 and 14:25-26

“The anointing remains in you” but like a fire, the embers need stirring to prevent it dying down. Paul writes to Timothy (2 Tim. 1:6): “Fan into flame the gift of God which is within you…” and to believers in Ephesus (Eph. 5:18) “Do not get drunk… but be filled [literally ‘be being filled’] with the Spirit” – which is in harmony with the “remain in Him” closing phrase.

In this passage, the anointing, or being continually filled with the Spirit, is in the context of maintaining a reliable inner witness of what path is true and right, and what is not.

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