KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:8, 11. “Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”.
We continue with our studies on the ministerial offices. This time we look at the Teacher. In all these discussions I have tried to make it clear that none of these ministerial gifts is made in a classroom. The scripture said “He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men, and he gave some pastors and teachers. All these offices are divine gifts. Nobody makes himself one. Your availability and devotion to God would allow Him to place that gift on you.
Although none of these gifts is made in the classroom, schooling greatly polishes the gifts of God. One’s ability to present these truths clearly, and understandably is all because of the training he obtained from school. Schooling therefore is very necessary yet it is not schooling that makes anyone either an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor or a teacher.
A teacher happens to be placed at the tail end of the ministerial gifts, yet it is in no way the least. Please note this, a false teacher is more dangerous than a false prophet.
A prophet may deceive a person or group of people, whiles a wrong teacher will destroy generations. The teachings of Jehovah Witnesses about the Holy Spirit, blood transfusion and the deity of our Lord Jesus has influenced and affected generation of people. Dying people have refused blood transfusion because of their teachings
Teaching is programming an individual or a group of people to think, act in a particular way. It is a very important gift or office that God gives to men.
The Bible is the material for teaching. Every teacher of the bible must know the scriptures exceedingly well. He must be one who reads the Bible very well. 2nd Timothy 2:15 says “study to show thyself approved unto God, a Workman that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth”. The word study is not just telling to read the scriptures. It is the Greek word “Spoudazo” and it means, to be diligent, make haste, to exert one’s self. The teacher must be diligent to search for the truths of the scripture. Many Bible teachers realises that after they have studied the scripture, the Holy Spirit keeps expounding on them even when they are not in their study times. The teacher receives a divine insight into the scriptures as the Spirit compares scripture with scripture.
I pray for all teachers of the word of God to gain more insight into the word of God to bring out truths that would affect our world and the lives of many.
Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”
1 Timothy 1:7” Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.”