“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him” (1 John 2:27).
This does not imply that teachers have no role to play in church. It means that believers are able to receive gems ‘first-hand’ from God’s Word; we do not always have to get them ‘second-hand’ from teachers.
- Every believer can study and understand what the Bible says because he has the help of the ultimate Guide, the Holy Spirit. He should not feel completely helpless that he cannot feed himself spiritually.
- Having said that, it does not mean he cannot benefit from the ministry of renowned teachers such as A. W. Tozer or Derek Prince. The distinctive role of teachers in the church is not undermined by the foregoing.
- Neither does it mean a believer cannot benefit from instruction, sharing and encouragement from fellow believers—the activation of body life—as we are all part of His body and none can claim he has the monopoly of truth.
We ourselves are primarily responsible for our own spiritual development.
What’s so noble about the Bereans?