This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit. (1 Cor. 2:13)
Over the years, I’ve worked on and off as a fitness instructor, teaching thousands of people how to understand their bodies and keep them healthy. One of the biggest challenges of teaching is taking technical information about the body—jargon relating to human musculature, different training techniques, and so on—and making it understandable for people who aren’t professionals.
The best teaching, I’ve found, is two-pronged: getting students to feel certain movements or motions themselves and providing them with the words (or jargon) to express that feeling. The feel is critically important: someone can watch hours of demonstration on how to do a deadlift and still injure themselves when they attempt it for the first time. But if that person can be guided into the correct form, to where he or she can feel it for themselves, they’ll use it much more reliably—and if they’re given the words for what they’ve done, they can remember it and share it more effectively.
The Holy Spirit teaches us about God’s wisdom in much the same way. The Spirit helps guide Christians toward a mysterious God, empowering us to feel the movements of God’s righteousness for ourselves and provides the language, in Scripture, to articulate those feelings. If the Spirit is our spiritual fitness instructor, we can think of the Bible—full of the jargon of our faith—as our textbook.
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Lindsey Priest is an Indiana Wesleyan University graduate who lives in Arkansas. She likes to read to her kids, play video games with her husband, and refurbish furniture.
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