“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” (1 John 2:27)

Do you quote more of a favorite tv preacher or popular pastor than you do from the word of God alone? If you do (and you answered honestly) then you’re not alone, as many continually do the same. Let me be clear so that some cannot take what I’m about to write as an attack on men who have devoted their time and effort in edifying the body of Christ – my words are to the body that they understand that when we examine the teachings of men (and that’s what we’re discussing here) we have the potential for error. We must understand that with all men, none have reached a level of complete knowledge – none.

Regardless of who it is, Barnes, Pulpit, Wuest, Dake, Gills, Williams and so on, when it comes to commentaries it’s still a man’s opinion based on their own personal belief, Denominational teaching or bias due to outside influence. This is not to say that what they say might be wrong – sometimes their right, but other times it’s all based on conjecture (opinion). The danger comes when we start to rely upon man’s opinion and not the word of God itself. When people say “What does the Expositors say?” they look at the comments of men rather than focusing on the words of God itself, which need no interpretation whatsoever. This is sin, for it places the words of a man above the word of God.

The first study Bible which came into existence was the Geneva Study Bible, written by Protestants, it was a cross referenced notes, synopses, and doctrinal points were very popular in 1560. The problem with the Geneva Bible was that it was heavily influenced by Calvinism. Then, 51 years later came the King James Bible in 1611. The most widely approved of and popular study reference Bible known to our time is the Scofield Reference Bible. This particular study Bible was the start of hundreds of imitators that came right behind it, and yet out of all of these bibles came segregation of Christian belief, influenced by Denominationalism on all sides to where the church has been built up with walls with all claiming their own bible as the study bible which have done nothing but divide the church, not unite the church.

Jesus made it very simple when he said in (John 14:26) “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” It is the Holy Spirit’s job to teach us the word – not men. Reference back to the early church, who was the teachers? They were the Disciples led by the Holy Spirit. it was the Disciples who taught the word of God to the people through the gifting of the Spirit of God, not based on their own unique understanding, but under direct leading of the Holy Spirit. Even Paul, the great apostle would say that his message of the cross (grace) was in fact designed and given by Christ himself – not by others. The church grew in size and in knowledge. Then, when the last Disciple (John) passed, the church began to fall into legalism, rituals, sectarianism and then, ultimately the formation of the Catholic church in Rome was established. These were the results of men, no longer being led by the spirit of God, but by the spirit of self, of human understanding. It’s the same today in the modern church.

Some would say that there’s nothing wrong with someone’s commentary, someone’s study bible, and I would say – maybe, then again, maybe not. Jesus said it in (John 6:45) “It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.” Ultimately we do not need man’s teaching to guide us or lead us – but by the Holy Spirit alone. That is not to say we cannot glean from others, sometimes men can be given some insight – but I use the word some as a reference to remind us all that irregardless of who it is, be it preacher or pastor or even teacher, unless it is a direct word from the Lord given through the gift of prophecy, it is still human ideas and must be regulated as such. Tread carefully.

When the believer begins to read the bible without commentary, without helps, without the religious crutch called Expositor’s Reference, then the believer places him or herself in the guiding hands of the Holy Spirit, who himself will edify, teach and guide into all truth. That is the role of the Holy Spirit, that is the responsibility of he who was sent. Again, I know it’s hard in this era of fast food religion where everything is nicely packaged and served without question, but if one would simply allow the Lord to lead and guide them and not someone else’s study guide, then that believer will grow more accordingly to the word and develop more under the greatest teacher there is – the Holy Spirit. After all, who would you want teaching you? Men? Who are prone to error? Or the Holy Spirit? Who knows no error? Seems like a no brainer to me.


  1. Michele Renecle says:

    I agree with you totally. Thank you Jesus Christ for Your Holy Spirit.


  3. Anonymous says:

    thank you for listening to the Spirit of the Lord this when writing this article.

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