As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
– 1 John 2:27
Everyone has the Holy Spirit…but not everyone listens to the Holy Spirit. In fact, some people harden their hearts against His voice.
In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was the means by which God spoke to His prophets. As Peter put it:
…no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
– 2 Peter 1:20-21
God, however, made known through Moses His desire to bestow His Spirit on every human being – not just a few:
…”…Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”
– Numbers 11:29
The prophet Joel emphasized this divine hope by making it a promise:
…I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind…
– Joel 2:28
In New Testament times, this hope was realized to the extent that all believers were given the Holy Spirit. That’s why we see the apostle John saying without qualification in the verse we’re meditating today, “…the anointing which you received from Him…” – “the anointing” being a reference to the Holy Spirit.
Remember that “Christ” (“Messiah”) literally means “Anointed.” This was the means by which the priest Samuel designated Israel’s first king, who was Saul. That is, Samuel anointed Saul’s head with oil to indicate that Saul was God’s choice to be king. Remember also that when John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus. The oil that Samuel used foreshadowed the Holy Spirit that God would use.
With the coming of the kingdom of God, truly the Spirit of God has been poured out on the entire human race. It is this anointing that helps us understand righteousness, God, and the Scriptures. You need no human teacher – and you certainly don’t need me, beyond pointing you to the One who died for You and who pours out the fullness of His Spirit upon everyone who will receive.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, show me what’s distracting me from hearing You more clearly…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)