Purpose of this Session
Jesus Christ is THE Master, THE Teacher, THE Rabbi. All teaching ministry flows from Him to the Body, and the indwelling Teacher, the Holy Spirit, is the true Source of anointed and life changing instruction.
During His ministry years on earth Jesus was recognised as a teacher who came from God (John 3:2; 13:13).
Throughout the gospels we find Jesus often engaged in the teaching ministry:
· He taught everywhere He went, in Synagogues and homes (Luke 13:26; 19:4; 21:37; Mark 6:2; 14:49)
· He especially taught His disciples (John 13-16; Matthew 5:1-2)
· He taught that which He had received from the Father (John 7:16; 8:28; 12:48-50)
· He taught under the anointing of the Spirit (Luke 4:18-19)
· He taught with divine authority (John 7:29; Matt 7:28-29; Mark 1:22)
As with all ministries God has given a plurality of teachers to the Body for the purpose of instruction, and each must rely not on their own knowledge or expertise, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus spoke the words of His Father, so teachers on the Body today are to speak that which Jesus is saying.
The Holy Spirit, who has been sent to indwell all believers, is the Primary Teacher in the Body today:
“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.” (John 14:26)
Our reliance for revelation should not be on any particular teacher or system, but on the Holy Ghost, who teaches us to live in Christ:
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1John 2:27 KJV)
The teaching ministry is an extension of the great ministry of the Holy Spirit, establishing and confirming His word to the believer.
The Spirit of wisdom and revelation is not exclusive to teachers or other ministry giftings, but is open to all who will ask and listen (Eph 1:16-20).
This does not mean that we should despise the teaching ministry, or disregard its power, but rather that we should receive from it willingly whilst eagerly recognising and glorifying its Source.