But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. Matthew 23:8-12.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
Let love be your teacher. Look at Jesus, He went about teaching, preaching, and healing. He went about doing good works. And watching Him, the author and finisher of your faith, you will be learning from the Master Teacher. Learn from Him for in seeing Him you see Me. Let His life, His words, and His ways teach you how to be just like Me. It is time you learned how to live a successful life of authority that walks in the good deeds I prepared for you in advance.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10.
Jesus finished the good work I gave Him to do. My Will prospered in His hands. Isaiah 53:10.
I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. John 17:4-5.
Jesus invites you to come to Him and learn from Him. I tell you that you have only one exalted Teacher and that is Jesus, the rest are fellow learners and brethren with you.
What does Jesus teach you? There are many things He teaches you for a successful and prosperous life but one that is the root of all. I can put it in one word and that one word is who I am and who I made you to be: Love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.
When the scribes and lawyers asked Him to give them the greatest commandment of all, He came back with love.
One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the first and foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The first and foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31.
He teaches you to love one another, to serve one another, and to do good. And how did He teach you this? By His life among you. This is all He did. He was there for Me to say My Words, to encourage, edify, exhort, and correct, to do My works to heal, prosper, give provision, and to protect from harm. He was there to tell the good news of the Kingdom and to take authority over the devil and his demons and thus to teach you how to do the same. As He did so you must do.
So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. John 13:12-17.
Jesus is your perfect teacher. He knows man as one like you, for He was tempted in every way you are but never sinned, and He knows God as One with Me. He is your kinsman redeemer. Job longed for such a teacher, for such a mediator, for one that understood him and understood Me and brought us together as one in love.
“For God is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, that we may go to court together. There is no umpire between us, who may lay his hand upon us both. Let Him remove His rod from me, and let not dread of Him terrify me. Then I would speak and not fear Him; but I am not like that in myself.” Job 9:32-35.
Now I have given you that One, the High Priest of your confession, the Mediator between Me and you, so that you can come with confidence to My throne of grace and speak with Me to receive mercy and find grace to help just when you need it. Hebrews 4:14-16. And He is your teacher, your advocate, your Shepherd, and your guide.
Looking at Jesus you see the best and perfect teacher. First, it is best to learn from an expert who has shown Himself successful. Jesus always pleased Me, My purpose and plan prospered in His hands, and I was always with Him. He finished the work I gave Him to do with excellence and joy. He proved faithful and true. Next it is important your teacher knows the best way to succeed with what He is teaching you and the truth about it so it will work for you as well. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. That is the best teacher. The one who not only knows the way but is the way. The one who not only knows the truth, but is the truth. And that one who not only knows about life, but is eternal life. And gives all He is and has to you so you can live your life through Him.
You also look to see your teacher’s references. And My Son has been endorsed as your teacher by the highest recommendation: “This is My beloved Son, LISTEN TO HIM.” And in Hebrew that would be “Shama,” which means to hear with attention and to obey.
You also look to the students of a teacher to see if they are successful in what he taught them. Jesus has a line of successful students that shine like bright stars in a dark world as they go about doing the works He did and greater—teaching, preaching, healing, serving, blessing, and making provisions where there were none. You want a master teacher of top skills who is able to train students to be just like Him and even go to greater works. And that is what Jesus promised those who believe in Him and follow Him.
And you want a teacher that proves worthy. A teacher of integrity and highest standards who is there for the profit of his students and not his own gain and glory. A teacher who never falls into sin or abuses his students. In fact, one who is willing to give His life for His followers, for His students. Only Jesus has ever had the ability to do that and He has actually done that. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain is the cry of every saint in Heaven. All Heaven proclaims His worthiness in praise and worship that they cannot contain. For it is by His blood they are even able to enter that great and glorious Kingdom of light, life, love, and peace.
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” Revelation 5:11-13.
Jesus is your amazing, wonderful, and precious teacher. And He is meek and humble of heart. He is your peace.
And Jesus, when He returned to His throne in Heaven, to again take up the glory He had with Me before the world began, He made sure not to leave you orphans but to give you another teacher, helper and advocate just like Him to be in you, on you, with you, and never to leave you. Yes, the Holy Spirit, who teaches you all things, guides you to all truth, leads you in the way, and tells you of the things to come.
And how does the Holy Spirit teach you? He testifies to Jesus. He reveals to you Jesus. He is the anointing that teaches you all things and reminds you of all Jesus said. He works with Jesus as your good Shepherd. And He is Melchizedek and Jesus is anointed as a priest forever according to the Order of Melchizedek, and so are you in Jesus.
How are you taught by Me? For you are all taught by God—Father, Son, and Spirit.
How does any teacher teach you?
First, orally. Your first teachers taught you how to speak, how to read and how to write. Next, both orally and by the written Word. A manual, text book, guide, directions are very important but until someone who has mastered that subject is there to show you how to apply and use those directions you may not be able to master it, at least not as efficiently. And then the teacher has to be able to lead you and guide you into becoming skillful on your own so that the teacher does not have to be there with you for you to be able to operate in the thing taught. Such as flying an airplane or playing the piano, figuring out a math problem, painting a picture or a house, swimming, skiing, or sewing from a pattern or making a pattern, or even just tying your shoes on your own.
And to become skillful you have a part too. You must study and apply yourself, listen and repeat, and practice, practice, practice until you can do it on your own like second nature. It must become a part of you, such as swimming or riding a bicycle. Once you learn you never forget how. The skill has become your own.
And that is why it is so important to learn the correct way to do things or you will practice incorrectly and the skill that you acquire will be faulty. Such as not holding your hands properly to play the piano, if so there will be a flaw in your performance. Or learning to add fractions incorrectly and continuing to make the same miscalculations.
Be careful who you are learning from and listening to or you may be living, practicing, and doing a lie until it becomes your very nature. That is what Adam did and so many others. They followed the voice of the stranger and went after the flock of another shepherd.
“Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where do you pasture your flock, where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who wanders beside the flocks of your companions?” Song of Songs 1:7.
That is why I tell you that Jesus is your only Teacher. But under Him, and accountable to Him, I give you gifts in members of the Body of Christ. I give some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of believers for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until you all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of My Son, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-14.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:14-16.
Walk no longer after the unbelieving teachers who scoff at My Word and live in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from My life because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in My likeness, has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:17-24.
I also give you the gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit.
I give you My spoken Word, that was My Covenant with Abraham and he believed Me and I credited it to him as righteousness by faith. I gave Moses My written Word and My Word made a nation of faith. And then Jesus came to teach you the Word by taking flesh and dwelling among you as your teacher like you. And He gave you My promise of the Holy Spirit to be your own personal life coach, teacher, leader, guide, and wonderful counselor.
But remember, Jesus came to serve you and to save you. On the Cross, He qualified you to receive the benefits of the sin offering. Under the law of Moses the sin offering was only for those whose sins were unintentional, intentional sins did not qualify for anything but death. So how did Jesus extend the sin offering to all? “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” And to follow your Teacher, say the same for sinners today and extend My mercy– the blood that pays for all sin– to them.
I love you. Apply yourself, pay careful attention to My Words, for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh. They will renew your mind so that you are transformed and you begin to look, act, and speak just like your Teacher.
A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40.