“A Tribute To Teachers”

Posted: March 12, 2016 in Christian Life, Fathers

One of the most noble professions in all the world is that of being a teacher. “I touch the future. I teach.” So said Christa McAuliffe, an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, who was one of the seven crew members killed on January 28, 1986 in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Profession. I can’t think of a more noble profession than that of being a teacher, and more than that, a Pastor/teacher. It carries with it a tremendous responsibility and a warning to false teachers (James 3:1; See 2 Peter 2:1ff; Jude 1:13), but it also has some of the greatest rewards in this life (3 John 4) and in the life to come when a Pastor/teacher (Ephesians 2:11) receives the “Crown of Glory” from the Lord Jesus Christ at the Bema Seat Judgment for doing his job as the Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ wanted him to do it (1 Peter 5:4). As a shepherd under Christ, this involves feeding, guiding, guarding, healing lives, and other responsibilities that aren’t always pleasant at times but are necessary (Acts 20:28-31; See 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; 4:2-4).

Teachers. Every day all of us (including babies) are involved in teaching others something about ourselves, what we know or don’t know, how to do or don’t do things, and what is most important to us by what we say and how we spend our time, talents, and treasures. By watching and listening to a person and, if possible, looking at his/her day planner and check book, we can learn a great deal about a person. Some people have more free time than others. Some people are self employed while most people work under others. But to make a living, even the self employed must serve others and provide a product and/or service to get paid.

Master Teacher. The Greatest Teacher is God Himself. Jesus Christ, the God/man, was the Master Teacher from whom we all can/should learn how to teach and touch the lives of others. He is no longer with us bodily on earth, but after returning to heaven, He and God the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to dwell on earth in the bodies of true believers (John 7:39; 14:16, 17). We are His temple and we must treat our bodies as such (1 Corinthians 6:19; 9:25).

Illumination. He wants to illuminate the Word of God to Christians who are teachable and willing to change (1 John 1:8, 9; 2:20, 27) by opening their spiritual eyes to see, know, understand, and appreciate the things that the unsaved person or carnal Christians can’t see (1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4). He is not giving to mankind new revelation or information today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). Beware of those who claim to receive new messages from God (Galatians 1:6-9). They often preach another Christ and another Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). They confuse revelation, illumination, and inspiration. Only the 66 books of the Scriptures are God breathed (inspired) and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Gradual. While God the Holy Spirit doesn’t illuminate all of the Word of God to a Spirit filled Christian (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 25) as soon as he/she is saved, but rather a little at a time as he/she puts such truths into action (James 1:22; 2:18-20), we, on our part, must study the Scriptures carefully and rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). All of it is to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:1). See our “Dispensations Chart” for more information. It could be used to transform your life as it has many people’s lives.

Potential. Every Christian has the potential to know intellectually and experientially the Word of God (1 John 2:20, 27; Philippians 3:10). Sadly, most Christians are attracted by the “fools gold” of this world and chase after things that are passing away (1 John 2:15-17; 2 Peter 3:10-12). The spiritual Christian will discern the things that have eternal value and love what God loves – people for whom Christ died and especially fellow Christians (1 Corinthians 2:14-16; John 13:34, 35; Galatians 6:10). We, like the Apostle Paul, should be willing to lay down his lives for the salvation of God’s elect (2 Timothy 2:10; Hebrews 1:14) and the well being of fellow Christians (1 John 3:16, 17). The Spirit filled Christian will set his deeper reflective thinking on things above that pertain to his position in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:2) and the spiritual possessions and riches he has (Ephesians 1:3).

Others. Maturing Christians should be involved in teaching other teachable people the things of God (Hebrews 5:12-14; 2 Timothy 2:2). Fathers in Old Testament times were to teach their children the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 6:4ff). Christian fathers today should also teach their children how to be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and then how to live the Christian life under “Grace Truth”. They should practice what they preach (Ephesians 6:4). When a Christian father was not in the picture (Acts 16:3), a godly mother and grandmother took on the responsibility to teach young Timothy (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15). Do you know what God’s Word says about the roles and responsibilities of older Christian women teaching younger women but not Bible doctrine to men (Titus 2:2, 3; 1 Timothy 2:12-15; 1 Corinthians 14:34)?

Influence. To one degree or another, we’re all involved in teaching others. We’re “selling” ourselves and our ideas to them all the time. We’re having an impact on them. Sometimes it’s good and at other times it is evil and detrimental to them. As the song writer has said, “Out in the highways and byways of life, Many are weary and sad; Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife, Making the sorrowing glad. Make me a blessing, make me a blessing, Out of my life may Jesus shine; Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray, Make me a blessing to someone today.” – Ira B. Wilson

Family. If you’re not a Christian, why not enter God’s family today? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sin…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day. To demonstrate your faith in Him, get baptized (immersed) right away (Matthew 28:19, 2). It will enable you to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21) and possibly influence others to trust Christ as their Savior too (Acts 8:36-38). With God’s help and the leading of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16; Romans 8:14), carry out the purpose that God has for your life to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 2:10).

Help. We’re here to provide spiritual help to those who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Share what you have learned with others.

 

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