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Concerning teachers in the Christian faith

There is so much to this passage, but I want to focus briefly on the following things:  the purpose and the end of the teachers in the faith.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 4:11-16

Note the purpose clause of the offices of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers:

  1. For the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry
  2. For the edifying of the body of Christ
  3. Until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, who is Christ
  4. That we should no longer be like children who are tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine and trickery of deceit.
  5. So that we may all grow up into him who is the head.

This is why James says that not many of you should claim to be teachers, and also why James will exhort the teachers to bridle their tongue—that they should be the slowest to speak and the surest when they do speak (James 3). A teacher does not exist for his own sake but for the sake of those whom he teaches. A teacher’s role ceases upon either death or the Second Coming, for then we will be in unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God–therefore, do not find your worth in your ministry; it doesn’t last. A teacher exists that the Church not be lead astray by falsehood and deceitful traditions of men and not of God (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

Be especially wary of whose teaching you sit under. A wildfire is set by a spark. A man is lead to hell by one false doctrine.

Teachers, guard your words carefully. They are precious and valuable and dangerous if used improperly.

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  1. March 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Good write. Challenging and convicting.

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