The Inner Teacher: Mark 4:33-34
“33) With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34) and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.” Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭33‬-‭34‬
Jesus became known as the “Teacher.” Over fifty times in the four gospels He was called by this title. Some times they called Him by the name “good Teacher.” His teaching skills were recognized by all, including his opponents.
Jesus often taught in parables. His teaching increased in depth and substance as His disciples grew in understanding. There were some thing they did not understand even after nearly three years of being with Him. For example, He told His disciples repeatedly about His coming suffering and resurrection and it still did not register with them.
There are two mysteries at work in genuine believers. The first is talked about in in John 10:22-30. His opponents were constantly quizzing Him for specific disclosure of His true identity. To them He replied; “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.” The Bible will forever be a mystery to non-Christians. It is important to start with the basics of the gospel and build on the foundation of salvation.
Second, Jesus promised that born-again believers would receive the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 contains this promise. It was John that quickly picked up on this coming ministry of the Holy Spirit as recorded in John 14-16. He also focused on the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit in 1 John 1:27. Study these verses as a whole.
Paul also touched on the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 and 2 Corinthians 3:1-18. These are amazing texts! I want evidence of the inner teacher illuminating people. The natural mind is closed to mysteries of God. Those filled with the Holy Spirit hear His voice and are alive with hunger for the Word of God and have corresponding illumination from the inner teacher.
I am not impressed by religious people who approach the Bible and theology from a merely rational basis. This was the pattern of the scribes and Pharisees. They had blind eyes and deaf ears. They were void of the inner teacher. They were neither hearing nor following the voice of Jesus. They talked about God, but their morals and theology were very messed up.
If the Bible is a mystery to you, then you need to meet Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. He will fill you with His Spirit and then the inner teacher will take up residency in your spirit.
The natural mind cannot understand the Scriptures nor the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) I learned a long time ago that it does no good to send ducks to eagle school. No matter how much training you give, it will always be a duck.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global