Sunday, November 18th, 2012
The Church (Part 9: The Teachings Of Jesus)
'How did this man get such learning without having been taught?' Jesus answered, 'My teaching is not My Own. It comes from The One Who sent Me.'
John 7:15-16 (NIV)
Do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
Matthew 23:10 (NKJV)
The following three paragraphs come from Ray Pritchard on Jesus.org: 'Why Was Jesus Called Teacher.'
'Of the 90 times Jesus was addressed directly in the gospels, 60 times He was called Teacher. This was the word the multitudes used. This was how the disciples referred to Him. Jesus Himself used the term when He said, 'You call Me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am' (John 13:13). When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he said, 'We know that you are a Teacher Who has come from God' (John 3:2).'
'Matthew tells us the crowds were so amazed at His teaching because 'He taught as One having authority, not as the teachers of the law' (Matthew 7:29). The rabbis quoted each other, but Jesus spoke the true and authoritative words of God.'
' 'Go ye into all the world and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you' (Matthew 28:19 KJV). His final command was a teaching command.'
Thus we must live, preach, and teach the words of the Teacher.
The remainder of AMTC's 'The Church' devotion series will focus on the teachings of Jesus--specifically the tough words rarely mentioned in the majority of U.S. churches. Because only with a diligent search of Jesus, 'The Word' (John 1:1), can we become His mature disciples. Maturity is mandatory in the movement of actors, models, and talent for Christ.
When 'The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us' (John 1:14) as a Man, a new covenant and a new mission were given to His followers. Not only was He resurrected, but so was His church. We are His church.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Church series.