In this passage, John tells us that anointing, i.e. the gifts, the Holy Spirit, etc., that He has given us stays with us. It teaches us. Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t need Sunday school teachers or biblical instructors. If that were the case then Jesus would not have called on people to teach the Gospel. This is more an admonition that we need to stay away from false teachings. The Spirit in us alerts us to the truth. We carry within us the anointing that allows us to recognize the truth of the Gospel, even when it is being misrepresented. No one is so wise and holy that he has no need of Gospel ministry. If we hear someone say such a thing, or we see someone who thinks he is above being instructed by a Biblical teacher or minister, who thinks he “knows it all,” then that person shows proof that he has nothing of Christ or the Holy Spirit in him. We must be ever mindful not to get “too big for our britches” and think that we have learned all there is to learn about the Gospel.
And we pray:
Father, thank You for Your spirit which teaches me daily and thank You for the teachers You have put in my path to teach me Your truths. May Your anointing make me wise to the teachings of those who are false to You. Help me to discern the truth of the Gospel, no matter who is telling me. Let me not get caught up in titles and roles, but to be ever mindful of Your truth within me. Amen.