What a teacher does.....

ken_baillie's picture

Let the scripture speak plainly for itself:

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Teachers are to equip the saints, whose work in the ministry is to build up the body of Christ. You will notice the saints are to have a part in the building process, it is not just the job of the teachers. This is why scripture says that ALL believers should be able to teach the fundamentals of the faith, and not just the teachers. In fact, teachers should be called to a much higher level of teaching, than merely the fundamentals.

We will then be unified in the faith, and our knowledge of the Son of God will be so complete, we will come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Until that maturing happens, we will be subject to being like little children, falling victim to winds of doctrine which have been carefully crafted by men, who intend to deceive us.

I would suggest, this explains why we can not even agree on the fundamentals of the faith.......we are not growing into the fulness of Christ, we are remaining as little children.

We may think we are mature because we know how to use e-sword and tell you the root of various Greek words, and recite what commentaries have to say about the Christian faith....but we delude ourselves, if we think our present state is mature at all.

The standard is the fulness of the measure of the stature of Christ. That is the level of maturity a teacher should be striving for, and clearly, according to scripture their job is not complete until then.

Michael.... by ken_baillie
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