But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.- I John 2:20 – by Mike Pifer
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. I John 2:27
According to Strong’s Concordance, I John 2:20 teaches that the gift of the Holy Spirit is the “all-efficient means of enabling believers to possess a knowledge of the truth”. The word translated as “unction” in John 2:20 is the Greek word “chrisma”, an “unguent” or “smearing”. In the ancient world unguents were prepared from from oil and aromatic herbs. According to Strong’s, chrisma is used in the above passage metaphorically and refers to the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, convicts one of sin and testifies to the redemptive power of Christ. If one believes in and receives Jesus, the Holy Spirit should then dwell within and work through that believer.
It is given to the disciples of Christ to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven. The Spirit of truth, the Comforter, indwelling believers born from above, opens spiritual eyes and allows Scripture to be read in the same Spirit with which it was written. “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God,” Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God, which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
The same Spirit of truth empowers one to read Scripture with both knowledge and understanding. Just as Solomon, the wisest of men, excepting Jesus Himself, was given not just knowledge alone, but knowledge and wisdom, so the Spirit-filled man is given understanding by the Spirit of truth.
At Jesus’ baptism heaven opened and the Spirit descended and abode on Him. “If you love me,” Jesus later told His disciples, “keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, even the Spirit of truth.”
Between His resurrection and ascension Jesus imparted the Holy Ghost to His disciples by breathing on them. These disciples were literally in-spired by Jesus’ breath! Following the ascension, with Jesus physically absent, there appeared cloven tongues like fire and the Spirit was sent to indwell and guide believers. Peter then taught if men repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, they would receive the Holy Ghost.
Many words of the Word which was from the beginning, Jesus, are recorded in the New Testament. The Spirit of truth is the catalyst that charges these words with real, meaningful effect in the lives of believers. One reads Scripture, the indwelling Spirit interprets, and the heart and mind of the believer, subject to the highest and most Holy Spirit, are illuminated. The Spirit of truth tells us about and glorifies Jesus and can lead us into all truth, that is, all things necessary to our knowledge of God in Christ.
Levithan’s heart, however, is as firm as stone, and the god of this world has blinded the hearts of men. Man’s heart is waxed gross and his eyes are closed.The impenitent heart treasures up wrath. Without the Spirit of truth, one’s mind and heart are darkened, blind to the greatest understanding God permits in this dimension.
The light, or lamp, of the body is the eye. When the spiritual eye is single, when it is healthy and focussed on Jesus, the whole body will be incandescent with the light of Christ. This holds true for the church as well as the individual believer. If the eye is evil, if it dwells on false gods, the body will be full of spiritual darkness. The natural man receives not the Spirit of God.
The Spirit-filled man, however, has the mind of Christ. Right knowledge and understanding of biblical truths come only through the very Spirit of truth, sent by both God the Father and God the Son to fill the void left by the absence of the physical presence of Jesus, the first-born from the dead, who now sits at the right hand of the Father and whose word will judge the quick and the dead on the last day.
God still sends forth the Spirit of His Son into the heart of man in order to open his spiritual eyes, to turn him from darkness to light and from the enslavement of Satan to the adoption of God.
A heart transformed by the Spirit has the peace of God. When sons and daughters of the Father of lights let the grace and peace of God rule in their hearts and let the word of God dwell in them richly, the empowering peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, is earnest to keep their hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.
“Open my eyes,” wrote the psalmist, “that I may behold the wondrous things out of thy law.” It may be, however, that the spiritual eye is slow to open, and so a believer must be careful to abide in Christ. When Jesus opened the eyes of the blind man of Bethsaida, the blind man first saw men “walking as trees”. It was only after spending more time with Jesus and looking heavenward that this formally blind man was able to see every man clearly. Jesus also opened the eyes of Cleopas and a fellow disciple only after expounding the Scriptures to them on the road to Emmaus and breaking and giving them bread.
The Holy Spirit indwells every true believer. The Holy Spirit is the best teacher. The Holy Spirit is willing and able to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of God. This, however, doesn’t mean the church need not have any teachers. Paul wrote the Ephesians that the Lord gives teachers for the edifying of the body. Only by the Holy Spirit, however, can one receive the word of God effectually. Only by the Holy Spirit is one gifted with the possibility of growing in the supernatural, cleansing grace and knowledge of Christ that God, our loving Father, desires each and all of His children to have.