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The Expositors Word For Every Day December 16
December 16

but the Anointing which you have received of Him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same Anointing teaches you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him (I Jn. 2:27).

There are two Divine safeguards which preserve from error. They are the Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures. These teach young converts, actually all Believers, to recognize and reject false teaching.

The Roman Catholic plea of “Development,” which refers, as they claim, to the Word of God being developed in the Church, is overthrown by the words of Verse 24, which says, “That which is from the beginning.…” This is the safeguard of the Word of God, which pertains to that and only that which was heard from the beginning, meaning that the Word of God is already fully and totally developed. Nothing must be taken from or added to it. The sheep listen to nothing else, for they know the Shepherd’s voice.

The Holy Spirit indwells all Believers. When Believers diligently study the Word, the Holy Spirit, according to the Word, will help them to know what is Truth. They will be able to detect a lie as being opposed to the Truth. All Believers, that is, if they properly know and understand the Word, as can all who so desire, are furnished with Divine equipment capable of enabling all of us to know “all things.” So, according to the Word of God, since the “anointing” abides in us and teaches us what is right and wrong, that is, if we will only properly heed, there is no excuse for Believers to accept false doctrine.

A proper understanding of the Word refers to a proper understanding of the Cross. If one doesn’t properly understand the Cross, one does not understand the Word. The story of the Bible is the story of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. In truth, the Cross was established in the mind of the Godhead even before the world was created, which means that the Cross was an established fact even before the first words of the Bible were given (I Pet. 1:18–20).

So if one properly understands the Cross, that will go a long, long way toward the recognition of false doctrine, for this is the way the Holy Spirit works (Rom. 8:2; Gal., Chpt. 5; 6:14; Eph. 2:13–18).

Swaggart, Jimmy: The Expositor's Word For Every Day. Baton Rouge, LA : World Evangelism Press, 2005, S. 847
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