John 14.25-26 cont.
25 I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you.
26 But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and will remind you of everything that I have told you.”
Jesus went on to explain something of what the Holy Spirit does for us.
Firstly He will teach us all things.
The disciples had listened to Jesus ever since they came to know Him. He had said many things to them. They had marvelled at His authoritative way of saying things. They realized that Jesus had the words of eternal life. Peter said this to Jesus at a difficult time in His ministry. After a time of teaching most people were leaving Jesus, because they could not accept what He was saying.
67 Then Jesus said to the twelve: “Do you also want to go?”
68 Simon Peter replied: “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
69 and we firmly believe and know that You are the Holy One of God” – John 6.67-68.
They knew the reality and validity and the eternal nature of the teaching of Jesus. However, now Jesus was telling them that He was leaving them, but He assures them that the presence of the Holy Spirit within them will mean a continuation of the teaching that Jesus had begun whilst amongst them.
Today the Holy Spirit is within us to teach us. John wrote about this in his first letter:
And you have an anointing remaining in you, which you received from Him, and you have no need that anyone should teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, it is also true and is not a lie. Even as He also taught you, remain in Him – 1 John 2.27. The anointing is the presence of the Holy Spirit within us, and it is because He is within us that He also teaches us.
This is truly anointed teaching. Jesus knew the same anointing, because at His baptism the Holy Spirit came upon Him, anointing Him.
As the Holy Spirit comes upon us we also know His anointing, bringing us the teaching of Jesus.