Isaiah 30:20: And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.
What the focus verse shows is that change is coming. What used to be difficult will no longer be, all because the teacher will be manifested and fully functional in our lives.
Jesus the teacher
Jesus is that teacher. The disciples asked him: teach us to pray as John taught his disciples (Luke 11:1). Among other things he came as one teaching the way of God in truth (John 3:1-21), being the way Nicodemus described him when he came to him at night.
The priest did not come for a miracle either of healing or of food, but he came with a teachable heart, which is really valuable. And he asked questions too, he was not just going to swallow everything he heard hook line and sinker even though it was Jesus talking, the miracle worker.
When Jesus told him: except a man be born against he cannot see the kingdom of God, he said that how can it be possible? Would a man after he has grown go back into the womb of his mother to then be reborn? He was talking as an earthly intellectual.
He did not dismiss the claims of Jesus even though it contradicts all he learned, he asked question to be better enlightened, not to antagonize. He was teachable. He came with a sincere heart a heart that wants to believe, that wants to experience God in new ways.
Being an intellectual is not a reason to be anti-God. You can attain the highest height of intellectualism possible and still be close to Christ; and still be a babe when it comes to spiritual knowledge, because it is a whole different landscape of knowledge all together.
Paul said that the carnal (natural, earthy) mind cannot know the things of God because they are spiritually discerned, only a man of the spirit can experience such knowledge as revealed by the Holy Spirit.
In a prayer for the churches Paul said he wants them to be established in the will of God in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9-10), i.e. the capacity to grasp spiritual things. For another church (Ephesian) he said he want the eyes of their understanding be enlightened (Ephesians 1:15-19). That is a different kind of enlightenment. It enables us to flow more in another kind of life, the God kind of life, having learned his ways.
When Paul was advocating good behavior for the Ephesians, he listed the things that they should not be found practicing, saying they have not so learnt Christ (Ephesians 4:17-22). Though they did not see Christ physically, spiritually He is who they should learn, be patterned after. He is not the “do as I say not as I do” kind of teacher.
He expects that we have been taught by Christ as the truth is in him. In reality no matter who was speaking in the fivefold ministers, it is Christ speaking through them (Ephesians 4:10-11), with Peter saying those who speak that they should do so as the oracle of God (1Peter 4:10-11), communicating the very life of God that will lead to changed lives.
When Jesus taught Peter what to do after he had sweated all night to catch fish unsuccessfully, and he caught so much of them (Luke 5:1-10). It is by the operation of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we walk in the power, the creative genius to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). The psalmist prayed: teach me your ways oh lord and I will walk in your truth (Psalm 86:11), lead me in the way I should go (Psalm 31:3).
Holy Spirit the teacher
The Holy Spirit is our teacher. Jesus said he (Holy Spirit) will teach us all things and bring to our mind what Jesus wants to know (John 14:26). Without the Holy Spirit we would not be changed. He is that connection of God with our spirit that makes the divine life possible.
Jesus is the word (John 1:1-3), while the Holy Spirit has the ability to apply the word to our hearts. When we speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we say the right words to the right person at the right time (Isaiah 50:4).
The teaching of the Holy Spirit extends to the area of supernatural knowledge called the word of knowledge and word of wisdom, concerning the past and the future respectively (1Corinthians 12:1-12). There is also prophecy which works edification, exhortation and comfort in the heart. Those are divine communications via the Holy Spirit.
They are indicative of the potential that man had at the beginning before he fell. Man was formed by the breath of God (Job 33:4), the Spirit of God, it was based on that that man was called a living soul. He was alive, he was full of divine functioning, and he experienced intimacy with God as he walked in the light of his presence.
Jesus walked in such intimacy with God on the earth. He manifested the power of God everywhere he went. He stood out by the way he displayed the power of God. He was endowed with power from on high as the Holy Spirit enabled him to carry out supernatural exploits.
Luke said that through the Holy Spirit, Jesus gave instruction to the disciples (Acts 1:1-4). His capacity to teach was therefore an outflow of the Holy Spirit.
The psalmist says that the word of God is a light to their path and a lamp to their feet (Psalm 110:105). But there will be no light without the burning of oil, which stands for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the life in the word causing us to come into an understanding of it. The Holy Spirit impacts the knowledge of Christ to us.
As the word comes to us, it is the manifestation of Christ, Son of God, causing us to manifest as sons of God, bearing his glory on the earth (Romans 8:18-19). Paul said that his preaching is not in the communication of human wisdom but the demonstration of the Spirit and power (1Corinthians 2:4).
- Our Renewed life with the Holy Spirit (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)
- 1 John 2:27 NLT – It’s the Holy Spirit that reveals God’s truth (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
- Testifying to the Truth through Obedience (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)
- Miracle is not goal, it is the conversion of our hearts (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)
- Less arguing, More Jesus! (juancastillojr.wordpress.com)
- Not as the World Giveth (somebodylovesmeblog.wordpress.com)