We Only Teach What the Spirit Has Taught

Our reading this week had a great reminder for us all, and for me in particular given what I’ve busied myself with this last several days.

And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
1 Cor 2:13

The whole chapter emphasizes what we receive by the Spirit. What we know is not something we can boast in, nor is what we teach and pass on something that is of ourselves. It all is of the Spirit. I mentioned it is a nice reminder for me since I’m currently preparing both a sermon for tomorrow morning and a talk on prayer for tomorrow night.

It is easy to try rely on yourself and to worry if what we have to say is enough. We focus on our education, our smarts, our delivery, etc. But that is missing the point. I can rely on the Spirit, and I ought to make sure what I speak is of God. It’d be foolish to try to do what God calls us to in our own strength. All I have the privilege of doing is to take what the Spirit has shown us and pass it on. From start to finish, we are a work of God. Which is why it’s not about us and why we should say, soli deo gloria–glory to God alone.

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