There are professional educators who teach others who are in the different levels within our public and private educational systems. Such teachers are subject to the qualifications and performance standards of their profession.
There are organizational instructors who provide basic and ongoing training to recruits and in-serve personnel. Such instuctors/teachers are held to the standards of organization that they serve.
There are pastor-teachers who teach the Word of God to born again believers to promote discipleship. There are Biblical standards that determine one’s qualification for ordination. Those who function in the capacity of a pastor teacher are held to the “stricter judgment” spoken of in James 3: 1 NASB.
Everyone, by word, deed, or example is a TEACHER in the Matt. 5: 19 sense of the word. We teach the ones we interact with, and especially the ones who look to us for inspiration and guidance.
By what every born again believer thinks, says, and does, he/she casts either a glorious and edifying light into the devil's world of darkness, OR he/she contributes to the darkness. confusion, and the deception that is promoted by the devil's world. In doing so, he/she brcomes one of the two types of teachers dpoken of ib Matt. 5: 19.
“WHOEVER then ANNULS one of the least of THESE commandments, and so TEACHES others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but WHOEVER KEEPS and TEACHES them he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5: 19 NASB).
The phrase "in the kingdom " clarifies that it is the born again believer, in the capacity of a Matt. 5: 19 "teacher," that is in view here.
I say this because it is only born again believers (John 3: 5, 7) that are going to ENTER Heaven.
The Matt. 5:19 makes it clear that salvation is not the issuse at hand, as both types of teachers are or will be in Heaven upon departing this Earth.
The issue of one's salvation is based on one's belief or on one's disbelief in the Gospel Message. If there be only one thing that you teach to others, let it be the Gospel Message.
It will do no one any eternal good to have accomplished anything else if he/she is not born again while here on Earth.
If someone had, but withheld from others, a sure-fire cure for some dreadful disease, we would say that he/she was committing a crime against humanity. But what about a born again believer who does have the cure (the Gospel Message) for spiritual death (separation from God), but does not share it with others in need when God gives him/her the opportunity to do so. Anyone who has not been born again (John 3: 5, 7) is in need of it.
Many Christians self-justify such negligence by citing political correctness or not wanting to appear to be "judging" others. In this, the devil is well-pleased.
What about an advancing disciple who has knowledge of God's answers to all of the issues that Man has to address here on Earth, but for the same reasons, neglects to share these answers with others. If the truth be known, the real reason is that they don't want to take the heat that participating in post salvation spiritual life will be sure to generate. In this the devil is well pleased.
Matt.5: 19 identifies on what basis each and every born again believer in Heaven will be called either least or great . This classification is based on the type of Matt. 5: 19 teacher they became while here on Earth.
Throughout human history, and especially in these latter days (1 Timothy 4: 1) of apostasy (false teachings/practices) WITHIN what is considered to be the Christian Community at large, the Matt. 5: 19 great teacher will face great persecution.
On the bright side, he/she will receive a great reward (Matt. 5: 12) in Heaven.
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Professional secular teachers may rise to a position of distinction within their fields and careers, but these are not the type of teachers being spoken of in Matt. 5: 19.
At best, secular teachers can only produce the symbolic wood, hay, straw of human good, and not the symbolic silver, gold, and precious stones of divine good. Divine good involves the regeneration and the spiritual edification of the soul and spirit. From many of our public educational systems, God has been "expelled." In some cases, even the mere mentioning of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ can get the public school teacher in hot legal water. While banning what God has to say, subject matter that contradicts what God has to say is now become a part of the curriculum required for graduation. In this the devil is well-pleased.
Some forms of human good (including the human good produced by secular teachers) can have great value here on Earth. It provides the means to make a living for the one who produces it, and great benefits to the ones whose earthly lives are improved by it. The classic example of how human good can improve the quality of life, but not the soul, is in the treatment and operating rooms within the medical field. Every day doctors of many different religious
backgrounds perform life-saving and life-improving procedures. Some are Christians; many are not. God uses the human good that BOTH categories (believers/unbelievers) produce to accomplish His will in any given situation.
As great as these deeds are for the here and now, they can not earn or generate eternal life or save a single soul, be it their own soul or the souls of their patients. At best, if God so wills, they can preserve or improve the physical status of the body,
Secular teachers can educate the mind, but all the secular knowledge in the world can NOT save a single soul.
How then, does becoming a secular teacher or a surgeon become a part of the plan that God has in mind for those born again believers who pursue such professions?
Doctors, secular teachers and anyone else who is an advancing disciple of the Lord Jesus can be used of God to present the Gospel Message to unbelievers and to share edifying Scripture with those they interact with in the course of their professional and private lives. This is what gives spiritual significance to ALL that a born again believer does as he/she functions in the capacity of a great Matt. 5: 19 teacher.
Discipleship is a 7/24 lifestyle. Therefore, a born again believer is called to be a 2Cor. 5: 20 ambassador no matter where he/she is or what he/she is otherwise doing. All born again believers are Matthew 5: 19 teachers. To exclude one's function as Christ's ambassador while out on the job or profession is being a poor steward of the time that God has given to each one of us to execute the post salvation spiritual life.
Most of us sleep up to eight hours of our (24 hr) day away, but our souls are not inactive. It is during the hours sleep that our soul process the good and evil information and experiences that we allowed to become a part of our soul structures during the preceding hours of consciousness. Of the remaining 16 hrs. or so, most us of will dedicate at least 8-10 hrs. for preparing, traveling, and participating in our labor, professional, or domestic functions. Failing to serve God during these hours is poor stewardship of the time that God has given us to glorify Him on a daily basis.
Secular careers of any kind can produce human good. Human good can be produced by believers and unbelievers alike. The production of human good has its own rewards for those who produce it, and its own benefits for those whose lives our labor touches here on Earth. Never-the-less, our deeds of human good are totally rejected as far as having any consideration for the type of rewards spoken of in 1Cor. 3: 14, 15). It is the divine good that God produces through Spirit filled believers that will be the basis of the reward that the believer receives at the evaluation of deeds event that will take place in Heaven (1Cor. 3: 12-15). Here in the Church Age, God uses the human good that Man in all walks of life produces, but only the divine good that God produces through advancing disciples will be rewarded in Heaven.
Allow me to use myself as an example. I had a law enforcement career of 30 years. Law enforcement and public safety focuseon the protection of the natural lives the tangible property of the one' served. As important as the natural lives and tangible property were/are to one's I served, such lives and tangible property are here today and gone tomorrow. The human good that I produced was the means through which I contributed to society, and my rewards for having done so was and is the financial compensation and retirement benefits that I and my dependents receive during our time here on Earth.
Among the men and women that served along side of me, there were fellow believers, unbelievers, and some who even claimed to be atheists who performed the same type of human good, and received the same type of earthly rewards. Occasionally, there was public recognition for human good that was accomplished. However, NONE of this human good, in of itself, produced ANY divine good. Only the divine good that was accomplished while on one's job (or anywhere else) will be rewarded. The production of divine good takes place as the Gospel Message is presented to unbelievers and edifying doctrine is presented to fellow believers. The production of divine good take place when one glorifies God by having learned and applied the principles of Scripture to all that he/she thinks, says, and does. The production of divine good takes place when the ambassador or advancing disciple, by word and/or example, "teaches" others to do the same.
THIS was the divine job that God gave to the Church, and each Church Age believer (Matt. 28: 19, 20)." This is the work that God will reward. God will not reward anyone for work he/she did not perform (1Cor. 3: 15)." Discipleship is a 7/24 lifestyle. The disciple must be prepared and responsive to the daily opportunities that God gives him/her to be involved in the production of divine good. What kinds of Matt. 5: 19 teacher one becomes is a good way of determining what type of teacher we have become.
Self-centered, Fallen Man, tends to evaluate the value of things on the basis of what such things are going to do for them in the here and now. Accordingly, Fallen Man, will prioritize the production of human good, over the production of divine good.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying earthly prosperity, provided it is obtained and retained by godly conduct. At the same time, pursuit of materialism in any form can be a real challenge and a dangerous obstacle along the road to spiritual maturity.
Depending on the type of human good that one produces, there are different living environments, assets, and activities that the producers and their dependents might experience. Generally speaking, the greater (by human standards) the type of human good performed, the greater the compensation. Until or unless they get caught, crooked professionals, tradesmen, and laborers can gain even more and gain it faster that the one's who refuse to conduct themselves in the ways of the world.
The spiritual downside to the production of human good, even when it is legitimate and above board, is that all the human good in the world combined cannot produce a nanosecond of eternal life. One can have all the money he/she will even need here on Earth, and yet be spiritually bankrupt. The "good life" now will not be worth an eternity in the lake of fire or losing out on one's reward in Heaven.
For what does it profit a man to learn of or to gain the whole world (Mark 8: 36) if he/she ends up in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15) as an unbeliever, or in Heaven as a born again believer without reward (1Cor. 3: 15). What we think, do, and say does not only impact our own lives and eternity, but the lives and the eternity of those we teach along the way. When Scripture (Mark 8: 36) speaks of gaining the whole world, we are are not looking at ruling planet Earth, but of reaching the high point of whatever walk of life one pursues.
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Most Christians are familiar with the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, but how many have been taught and how many apply the more than 300 Commandments of the New Testament to his/her daily thoughts and actions? It is not until one engages in discipleship (the study and application of the Word of God) that one begins to be aware of many of these 300 Commandments. These are NOT suggestions, but are commands for which every born again believer will give an account of before God (). There is no eternal condemnation (being sent to Hell) for a born again believer (Romans 8: 1), but there is an evaluation of one's deeds that determine the receiving or the loss of heavenly reward (1Cor. 3: 12-15).
Q. : If born again believers are already saved (which they are), what is the point in learning and applying all these 300+ commandments?
A. : The purpose of the post (after) salvation spirital life is to glorify and to represent God while living here in the devil's world (Luke 4: 6) in the midst of an ongoing battle between the forces of good and evil. Here in the Church Age, the first time that a soul glorifies God is if and when he/she is born again (John 3: 5, 7) by choosing to believe (place his/her trust and confidence) in a presentation of the Gospel Message. Once born again, then the born again believer has the daily opportunity to continue to glorify God by learning (2Pet. 3: 18) and applying (James 1: 22) the principles of the Word of God to all of his/he thoughts and actions.
One cannot pass along (teach) others anything that he/she has not been first taught by someone else.
Aside from the concept of eternity that God places in the heart of every soul He creates (Eccl. 3: 11) and the general sense to know right from wrong (Romans 1: 19, 20 ), Fallen Man comes into this world ignorant of God and/or the things of God. The Eccl. 3: 11 information enlightens the soul to the fact there is "a" God/god, but does not, in itself, identify who the one true God of the Bible is. As far as the Romans 1: 1, 20 sense of right and wrong goes, even an atheist will acknowledge this principle. If acknowledging the existence of "a" god (Psalms 96: 5), or even the existence of the one true God of the Bible, were enough to get one into or back into Heaven, the devil, the fallen angels, and the demons would qualify! The question that evangelists should pose is NOT rather one believes in the existence of the God the Bible, but rather or not one has been born again, as it is only by doing so that one establishes an eternally secure relationship with the one true God who does exists.
Fallen Man is not only ignorant, but has an inherent hostility (Romans 8: 7) towards God and the things of God, and an inherent inability (1Cor. 2: 14) to understand such things without the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit. Even the ability to understand a presentation of the Gospel Message is a pre-salvation gift that God the Holy Spirit provides. Understanding Bible doctrine is a part of the post salvation teaching (John 14: 26) ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
Here in the Church Age, God the Holy Spirit primarily teaches through the born again believers that He selects () to be trained and ordained to function in the capacity of a pastor-teacher. After being properly instructed (Luke 6: 40), those who the pastor teachers have taught are then in a position to become the great teachers spoken of it Matt. 5: 19 among the souls they interact with in the course of their individual lives. We can choose to do things God's way or our own way, but if we want God's best, we must learn to do things His way. Who we choose to be our pastor teacher is a critical decision we make, as a pastor teacher can not bring the members of his congregation to a level of spiritual maturity that he himself has not first arrived (Luke 6: 40).
"A pupil is not above his teacher, but everyone, after he has has been fully trained, will be like his teacher (Luke 6: 40 NASB)."
Once born again, however, spiritual ignorance is a choice that we make. God cannot command (as He does in 2 Pet. 3: 18) Church Age believers to grow in His knowledge and then not provide the means for anyone who so desires to obey to do so.
If deceived by a false teacher, one can unwittingly becomes a “teacher” of evil by what one says and does on a regular basis. Our actions speak much louder than our words. In fact, unless our actions are consistent with our words, no one with half a brain will listen to our words for very long.
One KEEPS the Lord's commands by learning what they are and obeying them. One TEACHES others to do the same by what we think, say, do, and don't do.
One ANNULS the Lord's commands by neglecting or rejecting them. One TEACHES others to do the same by what we think, say, do, and don't do
Rather or not we are one of the Matt. 5: 19 WHOEVERS who KEEPS the commands of God and TEACHES others to do the same, OR one of the Matt. 5: 19 WHOEVERS who ANNULS the commands of God and TEACHES others to do so is a choice that born again believers make each and every day.
Born again believers ARE accountable for the opportunities that God gives them to teach others by what we think, say, and do. This does not mean that mean that born again believers are always going to get through to everyone that he/she desires to TEACH. The spokesmen of God will generally NOT be accepted accepted in environments where he is known on a personal level (). In fact, Scripture teach that one's greatest (spiritual) enemies will be the members of his/her own household ().
Regardless of the individual outcomes, born again believers, advancing disciples, ambassadors , and especially the father/husband in the capacity of God's appointed family spiritual leader, are ALL responsible to TEACH family members about God and the things of God. The "teacher" is NOT responsible for the responses that different family members choose to make. The rather ominous words of () teach that within a family unit of the Church Age, there will be some that will be saved, whereas others will not. This is true even though in more cases than not, they all went through or were put through the same traditional rituals of their chosen religion.
One will not get into Heaven or go to hell because of something that his/her parents did or failed to do, but the devil will certainly make use of any spiritual indifference or false religion that the parents TEACH to try to steer the children away from God and things of God. There is an ominous verse that speaks of the future of anyone who becomes a stumbling block to a child of God
There is only individual coverage in God's plan of salvation. Each individual must choose, exercising the free the will that God gave him/her, to either accept or to reject the Gospel Message.
The only thing that an unbeliever needs to be taught is the significance of the Gospel Message. Once born again, there are more than 300 commandments to be learned and applied for a post salvation spiritual life that produces divine good.
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Those who accept (believe) the Gospel Message are assured of residence in Heaven (John 3: 16). Those who reject the Gospel Message are equally assured (John 3: 18) of residence in what the Bible calls the lake of fire (Rev. 20: 15).
Some will listen and accept, whereas others will refuse to listen or will listen and then reject what we had to say. This was true of the Lord Jesus Christ, and will be true of every one of His "teaches"
As a Christian parent, one has the moral duty to teach, by word and example, his/her children the commands of God. At the same time, once having taught a child, demonstrated the point by example, and reinforced it with parental discipline, the outcome and the accountability for the outcome is in the hands of the child to had received proper instructions ().
Once properly instructed and disciplines, the favorable outcome spoken of in () is conditional on the child’s choice to respond to it. If godly parents was a guarantee that the child would turn out right, then each generation would be better than the last or former ones(s). The “when he is older” phrase is not speaking of the passing of time, but of the developing of spiritual maturity.