Experientially Taught by the Holy Spirit

…He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – John 14:26

The Holy Spirit teaches us by refreshing the memory. “He shall bring all things to your remembrance.” He puts all those old treasures into the ark of our soul, and when the time comes, He opens it, and brings out these precious things in right good order, and shows them to us again and again. He refreshes the memory, and when this is done, He does better, He teaches us the Word, by making us feel its effect, and that, after all, is the best way of learning. You may try to teach a child the meaning of the term “sweetness;” but words will not avail, give him some honey and he will never forget it. You might seek to tell him of the glorious mountains, and the Alps, that pierce the clouds and send their snows peaks, like white-robed ambassadors up to the courts of heaven: take him there, let him see them, and he will never forget them. You might seek to paint for him the grandeur of the American continent, with its hills, and lakes, and rivers, such as the world saw not before: let him go and view it, and he will know more of the land than he could know by all your teaching when he sat at home. So the Holy Spirit does not only tell us of Christ’s love, He sheds it abroad in the heart. He does not merely tell us of the sweetness of pardon, but He gives us a sense of no condemnation, and then we know all about it better than we could have done by any teaching of words and thoughts. He takes us into the banqueting house and waves the banner of love over us…He takes us to the cross of Christ; and He bids us put our finger into the print of the nails, and our hands into His side, and tells us not to be “faithless, but believing,” and so in the highest and most effectual manner He teacheth us to profit. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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