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"The anointing which you have received of him
lives in you, and you need not that any man teach you
[as it] teaches you of all things, and is truth."
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Preview and Summary: In a letter ascribed to the apostle John, he warns the church about false teachers seeking to aggrandize themselves with claims that Truth derives only from their lips. John wants everyone to know the error associated with this kind of self-promotion: "Anything worth knowing, anything really important, must be received directly from God," he advised. "Hearing the words and feeling their true meaning are two different things. No man can give you an experience of God. Only the Spirit of Truth can do that."
The apostle John spoke of the very most important lessons of life.
The universal questions, for which each person must seek answers, will be explored, over time, by "the spirit's anointing"; that is, via direct communication from God.
No external teacher - be it flesh-and-blood or written word - will be able to convey the sense of certainty as will this God-led perception of reality. It's a privately tutored lesson, not a mass-lecture from a pulpit.
I John 2: 26-27 "[speaking of power-mongering teachers who sought to control the church] These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you ... the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie..."
Editor's note: Regarding the term "anointing," what is the thought-picture to be conveyed? Think of a dab of olive oil applied to a forehead; it stays with you, unlike water which might immediately be wiped away. The "anointing" of the "purified consciousness" is a lasting feature once received. When eyes have opened to new vistas of reality, we can never go back to not knowing. This means it's a permanent "anointing." It doesn't just visit us, it moves in - it "abides," it resides, in us. It's staying.
J. Donald Walters: "Intuition is the innate ability in everyone to perceive truth directly - not by reason, logic, or analysis, but by a simple knowing from within. That is the very meaning of the word "intuition": to know, or understand from within - from one's own self, and from the heart of whatever one is trying to understand. Intuition is the inner ability to see behind the outer forms of things to their inner essence."
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