Jeremiah 31:33-34 KJV
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
This morning the Lord spoke to me from these verses about teaching one another. The Lord promises His people here that there will be a day when they will not have to teach one another to know the Lord. They will all know the Lord in that day. Notice that they know the Lord by knowing His law for God says in verse 33 that He would write it on their hearts. Knowing the Lord always involves knowing His Word, and not just having knowledge of it but writing it upon the table of our hearts.
Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”
We are commanded here to write the truth upon our hearts. This is God’s Word.
God, speaking through Paul, said to us in 2 Corinthians 3:3, “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
So we learn from these verses that in order to know God, we must know His Word. But in order to know God’s Word we must allow the Holy Spirit to write it upon the table of our heart.
We are taught in the Scriptures that we cannot know the things of God without the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”
We need the Spirit of the living God within us in order to understand the things of God. The good news is, when, and only when, we are saved by the blood of Christ, we are given the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. He is sealed within the hearts of every believer. We still need to, however, submit to the Holy Spirit of God each day and get into the Word of God. Listen, it is impossible for an unsaved person to understand the Word of God. Have you ever tried to talk to someone about the Word of God and the conversation seems strained or awkward? Well that is because there are one of two problems. Most of the time I believe it is because they are unsaved and do not even have the Holy Spirit within them. (There are many unsaved people going to church today, by the way) It could also mean that they have grieved the Holy Spirit to the point where they have quenched His working in their life.
Just because we have the Holy Spirit, does that mean we already know all the things of God and do not need to be taught? Of course not. Jesus told us in John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Yes, we need to be taught much as Christians. The Lord Jesus promises us that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance.
The Scriptures also teach that we are to be teaching one another as believers as well.
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
While we are on this earth, we are commanded to teach and admonish one another. Remember, in Jeremiah 31:34, God said that one day there would not be a need to teach one another. That will be a great day for sure but while we are in this life, we need to be taught. We need to be taught of the Holy Spirit. We need to be taught and admonished of one another. Notice the focus of Colossians 3:16 though. It starts with, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” Let us not forget that the Word of God contains all wisdom. If all we had was the Word of God in the darkest, most remote part of the world, we could learn as much as any believer. If that is all you have, rejoice, because you have all the wisdom and all the knowledge that you need to live a victorious Christian life. If you have other believers, as most of us do, then we should be teaching each other. But we must only teach one another from the Word of God. The only true truth is found in the Word of God. We are teaching each other nothing if it is not founded in the Scriptures.
There will come a day when we will no longer need to do this but until then we need to be taught. So lets teach one another as we are all taught of the Holy Spirit. There is always something to learn.