Sunday, May 19, 2013

The best teaching

John 7:14 Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach.
15 The Jewish leaders were surprised when they heard him. "How does he know so much when he hasn't studied everything we've studied?" they asked.
16 So Jesus told them, "I'm not teaching my own ideas, but those of God who sent me.
17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.
18 Those who present their own ideas are looking for praise for themselves, but those who seek to honor the one who sent them are good and genuine.
19 None of you obeys the law of Moses! In fact, you are trying to kill me."
20 The crowd replied, "You're demon possessed! Who's trying to kill you?" (NLT)

It was at the feast of Tabernacles that Jesus came alone and taught openly at the temple. The religious leaders were plotting to kill him because they were jealous of the power of God in him. He knew more than they did without all the studies that they had gone through in their schools of the traditions of the Rabbi's. Here is an important message from Jesus. He did not speak from his own thoughts but he spoke from the Father, God in heaven. His words came from the source of truth and they were holy words.
Hear this now, all who would be teachers Jesus said that those who teach their own ideas are seeking honor for themselves. They are seeking self glory. It is important for a teacher of God's word that he speak accurately the word of God. Some have gone to Bible schools while others have gone to theological schools where man's thoughts were taught and God's word was not believed. Some call these the cemetery schools, because they teach the dead words of man instead of the word of God. We are to speak from God through the Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Teach the word of God through the Holy Spirit who shows you the word of God. First you must study to put the word of God in your mind so that the Spirit can use it. Be careful that you not make God's word to say your own thoughts and not the true interpretation of God's word. It is not spiritual to make up your own words and to ignore the Bible.

John the Baptist said it first.

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
Then he spoke of Jesus.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
John 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
John 3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
Jonh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

On the pulpit of a preacher was written a note: "We would see Jesus."(John 21:12) We hunger and thirst for God's word. There is a famine in the land for the hearing of God's word. Some will reject the word of God and the messenger even accusing that the witness is demon possessed. Often the enemies of God will tell you to speak your own words, do not play their game. They know that if you speak your own words that they can easily destroy you. Speak God's word, then they are fighting against God and the truth. Some people still want to hear from God, speak the word of God that these may be uplifted and encouraged from the voice of truth.

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