10 things about teaching God’s word

adult-education-379219_640Matthew 5:2: And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

Part of the plan of God for us to gain understanding is the opportunities he makes available around us to be taught.

Jesus was a teaching machine while he was on the earth. He opened his mouth to teach the people because he wants them to understand things they were previously ignorant of, as he brings the revelation of God to humanity.

He said that his doctrine is not his own but the one who has sent him (John 7:16). So his very words are the words of God.

1. The oracle of God

And the people were amazed at the authority with which he spoke, not like the Pharisees (Matthew 7:29). It was Peter who wrote that those who speak should speak as the oracle of God (1Peter 5:10-11), and that was what Jesus did, and we should follow him.

When we are taught and we know, we will be qualified to do exploits because it is those who know their God who will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32).

2. Away with ignorance

God wants to impress who he is on us. We as his children would not live in ignorance, but should be filled with the knowledge of his truth (1Timothy 2:4). That is how we will shine in this world. If we are not growing in truth, we are growing in lies. Remember we are in a warfare, the enemy is coming with his lies and we need to strong in truth.

3. Strength from the word

Paul wrote of the need for us to be strong in the lord and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10-18); that partly has to do with the truth we know.  If food makes us strong in the physical and the word of God is spiritual food, we cannot be strong without the word of God. Inside the word of God is spiritual strength and that is what we receive as we take in the word.

4. Light from the Word

God said that his people perish because they lack knowledge. Knowledge is what really sets us apart in the realm of the spirit. It is to the knowledge of God that we have that we can shine, since light is knowledge.

Jesus is “the” light because he represents God (John 1:1-5), he has the knowledge of God in the ultimate sense. John wrote that while none has seen God at any time, Jesus who was in the bosom of the father has declared him (John 1:18). It is also your calling to declare Jesus through your knowledge of him. He said we should be his witnesses everywhere (Acts 1:8).

5. Holiness from the Word

The word of God confers his holiness on us. Jesus said that because of the word he had spoken to the apostles, they are clean (John 15:3). Just as the word contains spiritual strength as mentioned before, it also contains spiritual cleansing, so that as we take it in, we come into the holiness of God almost effortlessly.

Paul wrote about the role of Jesus in the church which is to clean us by the washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:22-33). Jesus said that freedom from sin comes when we follow in his word (John 8:31-32), and a psalmist wrote that for him to continue to behave well, he has the word inside of him (Psalm 119:11).

6. Blessing from the Word

There is inherent blessing in the word of God. Jesus says that the words he speaks are Spirit and life (John 6:63), they carry the Holy Spirit and impacts life. The teaching of the word of God also has the same power now. The word of God is described as rain and it is what is needed for us to be fruitful and flourish (Isaiah 55:10-11), since the bible says that the man who lives in the word, meditating on it day and night is like a tree by the rivers of water and brings out fruit at the right time (Psalm 1).

7. Direction and the Word

Someone prayed: teach me your ways oh Lord and I will walk in your truth (Psalm 86:11). Without being taught right, we will not walk right: but being taught right does not guarantee that we will walk aright, we still have the choice to follow what we hear or not.

The bible says that it is not the hearers that is blessed but the doer (James 1:22). It is not enough to be informed, we need to be transformed, we need to be aware that there is a need for us to change and that we cannot change ourselves, taking full advantage of the word of God in that regard.

8. Discovery and the Word

To be taught is to be taken on a journey of discovery, of who God is and who you are, it is to be taught how to behave, how to act.

Paul wrote Timothy that he needs to learn how to behave himself in the church of God which is the pillar and ground of truth (1Timothy 3:15). The church is not just any other organisation, we need to see the church the way Jesus does.

He said I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). He told those who decided to make the house of God the place to buy and sell: my father’s house shall be called the house of prayer for all nations but you have made it a den of thieves (Matthew 21:13). Not knowing what the church really is, is the recipe for abuse, misuse or underuse.

9. Need for enlightenment

The psalmist prayed: open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119:18). Paul also harped on the need for enlightenment as we see in his prayer for the church in Ephesus. He prayed for them that the eyes of their hearts will be enlightened (Ephesians 1:15-23).

If we are enlightened then when we are taught we will understand and will not fall into the situation of certain people which Paul said where ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth (2Timothy). What they learn did not impact their lives. Their heart were dulled, their eyes was blinded, and the light of the knowledge of God could not penetrate.

It was the same Paul who wrote that God has caused the light of the knowledge of his son Jesus to shine in our heart. In short, we need supernatural help to come into truth.

10. Hunger for truth

We also need hunger for truth. When people were departing from Jesus because of some of the things he was teaching, he asked Peter and the other apostles, do you also want to leave? Response: where would we go, seeing that you have the words of eternal life? He was hungry enough for the word of God to stay with Jesus no matter (John 6:68).


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