This week we will focus on the teachings of Christ and how they are different from the teachings of the world. In the Great Commission, Jesus instructs us to teach others everything that he has taught us.
The crowds were astonished at his teaching, because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29)
Pastor John’s Notes:
The teachings of Christ are like no other. Whenever Jesus taught, the people heard a difference between his words and that of the scribes, who were the teachers of Israel. Jesus taught like he knew what he was talking about, not in hypotheticals, but with the authority of experience. This is because the Holy Spirit was within him, so that every word he spoke was as though God himself were speaking. (This is because, in truth, God himself was indeed speaking.) The leaders of Israel were astonished because Jesus had no religious schooling. They marveled, “Where did this man get this teaching?” (Mark 6:2).
Every so often I hear someone say, “Well, I’ve never been to seminary…” Having completed two distinct seminary programs (seven years in total, if you could imagine!), I can say with authority that seminaries are great for accumulating information about God, the Bible, and the church, but spiritual knowledge is different. Every believer can grow in spiritual wisdom by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit at work within us qualifies us to speak on Christ’s behalf. We can do what Jesus did, whether in our workplaces, homes, or schools. But we must be in good relationship with the Holy Spirit to do so. It is the Spirit that qualifies us to speak on God’s behalf, and everyone who has the Spirit can do so.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for being our teacher and for showing us the ways of God. Thank you for the teaching you offer me every day by the power and presence of your Holy Spirit. Let your Word be my daily bread, and let me grow each day in the spiritual wisdom you offer.