Teaching was the regular manner in which Christ imparted truth. “And He taught in their synagogues” (Luke 4:15). “And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying” (Matt. 5:2). But when Jesus was about to be taken away from the world, He promised His followers that He will pray to the Father that He may send the comforter that would take His place and continue the ministry of teaching.
Jesus promised His disciples, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26). Therefore, one of the main functions of the Holy Spirit is teaching.
For three and a half years the disciples were instructed by the Master Teacher, but there were still many things that they needed to learn (Matthew 7:29). They were unable in their present state of mind to understand many of the truths. Jesus said to them, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John 16:12).
They would need further knowledge, and this, the Holy Spirit would grant them after the ascension of Jesus. The Spirit of God knows the “things of God” and “searcheth all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10, 11), and He is able to impart them to men who are willing to be instructed (Acts 5:32).
Not only would the Spirit teach them new truths; He would also call to their minds the truths that had been forgotten, of those truths that Jesus had taught, or of those things that had earlier been revealed in the Scriptures of truth (John 1:9).
In times of calamity, such as when the disciples would be taken to courts, the Spirit would remind them of the right truths that they may testify of Jesus (Matt 10:19, 20). When asked to give a reason for the hope that is in them (1 Peter 3:15), believers who have been faithful students of the Scriptures may have the assurance that the Holy Spirit will call to their minds the verses suited to their case (Ephesians 1:18).
In His service,