THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF TEACHING

The gifts of the Holy Spirit to the believer are many (Rom. 12:6-8; I Cor. 12:4-31; Eph. 4:7-16). The nature of the gifts – some eighteen in number, include:
1. Apostleship
2. Prophecy
3. Miracles
4. Healing
5. Speaking in tongues
6. Interpretation of tongues
7. Knowledge
8. Wisdom
9. Discerning of spirits
10. Giving
11. Exhortation
12. Ministering
13. Showing mercy
14. Ruling
15. Faith
16. Teaching
17. Evangelism
18. Pastor-teacher
The purpose of the gifts are
1. To glorify the father
2. To edify both the believer and the church
In as much as men are delivered from the bondage of sin, and builded up in righteousness through the agency of the truth (gospel), teaching becomes essential. Moses and Aaron were teachers of Israel in the statues of Jehovah (Exod. 18:20; Lev. 10:11; 14:57), having been first taught of God (Exod. 4:12). Moses commanded fathers to teach their children the commandments of God with persistency and care (Deut. 4:9, 10, 14; 11:19). The priests were to continue to instruct the people, especially by reading the law to them at the Feast of Tabernacles, in the seventh year (Ex. 24:8; 31:9-13). It is recorded of Prophet Samuel of founding a “School of Prophets” (I Sam. 19:20) and of Elisha of organizing the “Sons of the prophets” (I Kings 20:35); of Ezra was said to have taught the law. (Ezra 7:10). It is also frequently recorded of Jesus Christ that he “taught” the people (Matt. 5:2; Mark 1:21; 4:2; Luke 4:15, 31, etc).
Teaching is an important branch of the commission which Christ gave to his apostles before his ascension. “Go, said he, teach all nations”. As recorded by another evangelist, “preach the Gospel to every creature”. It is one of the precious promises of the New Covenant that all it’s subjects shall be “taught of the Lord” (Isaiah 54:13; quoted by Jesus, Jn 6:45).
“Teaching” is mentioned as among the divine gifts (Eph. 4:11), i.e., those who undertook in the religious assemblies of Christians to teach, with the special assistance of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 13:28, Acts 13:1, James 3:1).
Many churches today have abandoned the prime reason for salvation which joins knowledge, wisdom, and faith together to yield grace. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8). The Bible advices believers to seek knowledge and pursue understanding and above all acquire wisdom. All these can be gotten only through teachings and application of the teachings to one’s life. That is why Apostle James wrote that believers should be “doers of the words and not hearers only less the believer deceives himself” (James 1:22).
Teachings should be emphasized in the church particularly in these last days when the “outside” appears rosy and the devil is roaming like a lion looking for whom to devour and can draw believers away from Christ. This may be the reason why churches have become charismatic and less emphasis is being placed on teachings. Churches must be careful not to get carried away with the time. Miracles, signs and wonders may attract people to the church but it is the Word of God that can establish them. Lord Jesus taught people for three and a half years and did many signs and wonders and miracles but all the people left Him in one day and only the twelve that has been trained in the word could not go.
It is the Word of God that saves, sanctifies, heals, and provide for the believer. A person that is established in Word and who believes have all these things. For example, my family and I have not gone chasing miracles and all we do is believe, study the scriptures to be grounded in faith and pray regularly. Our miracles have always come to meet us. I can’t remember the last time anyone has been sick in our house or visit an hospital. Our business is doing well – God has completely taken over since we have handed our lives and everything to Him.
The Bible says that believers should work out their own salvation. The way a believer can do this is to look for a Bible teaching and believing church and start learning and applying the scriptures to his or her life. When the believer does this the believer will not be chasing miracles but miracles will be the chaser of the believer. Churches will also be filled by people interested in hearing the Word of God. Churches should not underestimate the power of the Word of God.
In lieu of the importance God attaches to His word and to teachings for God commanded that believers should “search the scriptures”. Churches should make a u-turn and start emphasizing teachings over miracles and should not forget that God’s judgement will begin in the churches. God desires those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth of His Words.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. The love of Christ which we all share be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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