The Spirit's Tutorship. The tutorship of the Holy Spirit concerning the things of God is through the written Word of God, the holy Scriptures. That is the clear doctrine of those Scriptures.

Jesus told even the Apostles that the Spirit would bring all things that He had spoken to them to their "remembrance" (Jn. 14:25-26). Peter later wrote to the brethren to "stir up" their minds to remember "the things spoken before" by Christ, the Prophets, and Apostles (11 Pet. 3:1-2).

The notion, widely held in some circles today, that the Holy Spirit instructs and leads one independently of the Scriptures is false. For Him to do so, would make the written Word superfluous and "of none effect" (Mk. 7:9-13). That, in turn, would be for the Godhead to be divided against Itself. The Scriptures were given by the Spirit, at the direction of God, to save, sanctify, and instruct people in God's ways (Ps. 119:104-105; Jn. 17:17: Jas. 1:18, 21; I Pet. 1:22-23).

If we are to know and walk with God, being led by the Spirit, we, thus, must be conversant with the Scriptures. As Jesus declared, in citation of Moses, so has the Father ordained that man shall live unto Him "by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Mt. 4:4; cf. Deut. 8:2-3).

We have absolutely no confidence in a claimed leadership by the Spirit in dissociation from the Word. Such persuasion casts one adrift upon an uncharted sea, fully exposed to the numerous seducing spirits that are abroad in the world. - Fred O. Blakely, Editor, The Banner of Truth