Are You Teaching?

 

            The Holy Spirit of God chastised the Jewish Christians through his penman in this manner:

 

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”  Hebrews 5:12

 

            How does a person receive the opportunity to become a Christian?  It’s a simple enough question but a lot of people do not seem to know the answer.  Scripture tells us clearly, plainly and simply enough for any normal person to understand.  In Acts 8:5 “PHILIP WENT DOWN TO THE CITY OF SAMARIA, AND PREACHED CHRIST UNTO THEM.”  When asked if he understood the writings of the prophets, the Ethiopian treasurer responded “HOW CAN I, EXCEPT SOME MAN SHOULD GUIDE ME?” (Acts 8:31)  In Acts 26:28, King Agrippa said to Paul “ALMOST THOU PERSUADEST ME TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.”  Christianity is a taught religion.  People become Christians by being taught.  In all of the examples found in scripture people were taught certain facts and principles, embraced and obeyed them in order to become such as “GOD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY” (Acts 2:47).  This is exactly what Luke did for Theophilus (Luke 1:3-4, Acts 1:1).  This is what a loving mother, father, grandparent, son, daughter or someone else who cared for us has done for each one of us who are Christians.

            To become a Christian the lost soul must be born again (John 3:3-5, I Peter 1:22-23).  Peter recorded that the soul is purified from sins by obeying the truth.  Again, this indicates that Christianity is a taught religion.  Salvation is obtained through a spiritual, not a physical birth.  Hebrews 8:10-11 shows that one cannot be saved unless he first knows the law of God.  This is in contrast with the Jews who were born into God’s covenant and later had to be taught the law of Moses.  Today, every person must first be taught the gospel before salvation is possible. (Mark 16:15-16)  The Lord said “IT IS WRITTEN IN THE PROPHETS, AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT BY GOD.  THEREFORE EVERYONE WHO HAS HEARD AND LEARNED FROM THE FATHER COMES TO ME” (John 6:45).  What must be taught?  Jesus said “…IF YE CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then ARE YE MY DISCIPLES INDEED; AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” John 8:31-32

            Christianity is also a teaching religion.  Someone must do the instruction.  Who has this responsibility?  Jesus commanded his disciples “GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. (Mark 16:15).  Are you his disciple?  Jesus said “GO YE THEREFORE, AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.  TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU: AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS even UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD…”  Matthew 28:19-20


Are You Teaching?

 

Each succeeding disciple, each succeeding generation of disciples have the same responsibility.  Paul told Timothy “AND THE THINGS THAT THOU HAST HEAR OF ME AMONG MANY WITNESSES, THE SAME COMMIT THOU TO FAITHFUL MEN, WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO.”  (II Timothy 2:2)  My friends, somehow you learned the truth.  Will you not share that truth with other poor, lost souls so that they may have the same opportunity?

            Since every child of God has the responsibility of teaching the gospel, we must study and learn to be properly equipped for the task.  Clearly, it is not possible to teach what we do not know.  What must we know?  For a person to first become a Christian he must know at least the plan of salvation.  If a person recognizes their need to be saved and obeys the gospel, then they know enough to teach that much to others.  How much did Andrew know when he led his brother Peter to Christ?  “…WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAS, WHICH IS, BEING INTERPRETED THE CHRIST.” (John 1:40)  Sadly there are far too many of the Lord’s church who will not teach anyone.  The problem may be either they cannot or that they will not teach.  Many because they have not studied and learned what they need to know; many others because they have not heeded the rebuke of the Hebrew writer and have forgotten what they did learn.  Let’s look again at this admonition: “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

            Some members of the Lord’s church say they are not able to teach others.  This admission may be true.  If so, they need to repent and start studying.  It may just be an admission that the person is either afraid to try to lacks confidence in their ability.  The best way to overcome such obstacles is by working at it.  As the writer to the Hebrews stated, it takes use to have one’s senses exercised.   It takes use and exercise to develop and strengthen our abilities.  How about you, friend, I know you know as much as Andrew did.  Are you teaching?  Why not?  Do you need to repent and pray to God because of your neglect?