But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. (AMP)
This is not one of the verses in (at least so far) Grace to You’s series, Frequently Abused Verses that we have been posting, but it very well could be.
Some seem to think that Jesus’ words here He will teach you all things, means just that emphatically, I need no one or nothing else. No formal education, no understanding of scripture just my bible and the Holy Spirit.
First that is a very biblically unsound idea Jesus, the 12 Apostles, Paul and all the great theologians of the church have all been taught scripture by others with the Helper, the Holy Spirit of course as their guide.
Secondly context, context, context; Jesus is making a reference to what he has taught them, nothing more or less. The Holy Spirit is not there to help us teach us some new revelation, some hidden secret in the bible. His presence is to help us (those who truly worship Christ as Lord and Savior) to remember and understand His teaching that we may follow His example.
The Holy Spirit our; Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) is such an amazing gift from God we need not true and abuse this gift but use it to His Glory.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things – see the notes at John 14:16-17.
And bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. As the Son came in the Father’s name, so the Father was to send the Spirit in the Son’s name, with like divine authority and power-to do two great things. First, to “teach them all things,” and second, to “bring to remembrance all things whatsoever Christ had said to them.” So imperfectly did the apostles apprehend what Jesus said to them, that to have recalled it all to them merely as it fell on their ears from their Master’s lips would have left them the same half-instructed and bewildered, weak and timid men, as before-all unfit to evangelize the world either by their preaching or their writings. But the Spirit was to teach as well as to remind them-to reproduce the whole teaching of Christ, not as they understood it, but as He meant it to be understood. But does not the promise of the Spirit to “teach them all things” mean something more than “to bring all things to their remembrance?” This promise at least does not; because the sense plainly is, “He shall teach you, and bring to your remembrance all things whatsoever I have said unto you” – the teaching and the recalling relating to the same things, namely, all that Christ had said to them.
Thus have we here a double promise with reference to our Lord’s actual teaching-that through the agency of the Holy Spirit it should stand up before their minds, when He was gone from them in all its entireness, as at first uttered, and in all its vast significance as by Him intended. Before the close of this same discourse, our Lord announces an extension even of this great office of the Spirit. They were not able to take in all that He had to tell them, and He had accordingly withheld some things from them. But when the Spirit should come, on His departure to the Father, He should “guide them into all the truth,” filling up whatever was wanting to their complete apprehension of the mind of Christ. (See the notes at John 16:12-15.) On these great promises rests the CREDIBILITY, in the highest sens e of that term, OF THE GOSPEL HISTORY, and so, its DIVINE AUTHORITY.