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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”—2 John 1:9 (NKJV)
The influence of Jesus as a teacher is hard for us to appreciate from our vantage point on the historical timeline. Let’s face it, we probably can’t remember a time when we hadn’t heard things like, “Love your neighbor as yourself . . . the greatest command of all is to love God with all your heart . . . your heavenly Father knows what you need before you do . . . seek God’s Kingdom first and everything will be alright . . .” and the list goes on and on and on.
But let’s be clear about something, Christ’s teaching ministry was like a nuclear blast of divine revelation. Prior to His coming, God had revealed His truth through the likes of Moses, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Samuel, and others.
Yet, the focus was still a bit blurry when it came to some of the most essential issues in life. It was Jesus who came and sharpened the focus through His teaching ministry, which is why His words stood out among a sea of swirling doctrines during His day.
Teachers and rabbis were not in short supply. But their teachings basically consisted of them putting their personal spin on the Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus did something totally different by delivering new truths with undeniable authority and wisdom. Jesus’ teaching impact was totally unprecedented. So much so that even Israel’s top teacher, Nicodemus, acknowledged Him in this regard: “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God” (John 3:2 NKJV).
Let’s not forget that Jesus’ teaching ministry didn’t end with His earthly ministry. At this very moment, He is sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven and He is every bit the teacher today that He ever was . . . and He wants to teach us.
Of course, there are certain teachings of Jesus that have already been established. These are the “doctrines of Christ” (2 John 1:9) that John references, which lead us to having an eternal relationship with God.
But beyond these, He wants us to grow in our understanding of who He is and how we should live. Christ is both willing and able to teach us what we need to know, which is what happens as we submit ourselves as His students.
DIG: How can Christ be defined based on the above?
DISCOVER: Why is that important?
DISPLAY: What is Jesus teaching you right now? Spend some time taking stock of everything He is showing you in your life and journal it!
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.