The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(another Doctrine 101 consideration)
"His Ability To Teach"
By His Spirit, His Word, His church, His creation, and His abiding presence and reality in all things, God ever communicates Himself and His truth.
"Doth not wisdom cry? And understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and My voice is to the sons of man" (Proverbs 8:1-4).
"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).
It speaks to the grave damage of sin in our existence that even the most godly among us hear but a tiny modicum of wisdom and understanding as they cry in the high places, the paths, and at the entry of the city and the doors. Indeed, the Apostle Paul states plainly that "If any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know" (I Corinthians 8:2). While we should all appreciate the things we do know of our Lord and have seen of His light, only the blindest of fools believes himself to have reached a place of resting on the laurels of whatever knowledge and understanding of God has been gained. As Paul declared regarding the very heart of the matter, the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, it "passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19).
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus must have confidence that He can be known and better known, not because we are such great students, but because God is so great a teacher. His Spirit comes with His Word to the trusting heart. His creation both bellows and whispers of "the invisible things of Him." We see the Lord Jesus in fellow believers by both example of life and word of mouth. And to those who will open eyes, ears, and most of all, heart, God will be realized in ways that amaze us as we focus on His ability to teach rather than our capacity to learn. "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
In earthly schools, a failing student will sometimes become inspired, motivated, and energized by a teacher who connects with heart and mind. The testimonies of such ones almost never direct attention to themselves, as if they discovered how smart they were. Instead, they will speak of "Mrs. Adams," or "Dr. Holmes," educators who found a way to stimulate something within the student they did not know to exist. In a far greater manner, the believer who discovers how effectually God communicates to those who emphasize His teaching capacity rather than their learning abilities will inevitably advance far down the path of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9).
Class is in today. This moment, in fact, finds a Teacher of infinitely sublime skill and thrilling inspiration lecturing along every pathway of light and life. We will miss much because so must exists to be discovered. But we do not have to miss all. Directing rapt attention toward our Lord's ability to educate will instill in us capacities for learning that will surprise us as we call unto Him, and as He responds with great and mighty things we knew not until we realized the wonder of His ability to teach.
"The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."
Weekly Memory Verse
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
(I Thessalonians 4:1)