Why so Few Teachers

Dear Brethren,

In the world tomorrow, who will be teaching the way of God?  We have long known that Jesus Christ will rule from His throne in Jerusalem, and that all nations will flow unto Him.  This concept of Christ reigning over all the earth in peace, righteousness, and justice is found throughout the Scriptures.  “The Lord shall be king over all the earth.”  (Zechariah 14:9)

“Thus says the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.”  (Zechariah 8:3)

We are even told that “Every eye will see Him.”  (Revelation 1:7)  In the last few decades it has become commonplace to see live events from anywhere on earth.  Wouldn’t it be easy to set up a Jerusalem television studio where Jesus could broadcast His program and teach everyone as He did in His public ministry?  In that way, all would know that they were receiving the straight and complete Truth.  That would rule out any doubts or questions.

But brethren, that is not the way that God is going to set up teaching in His Kingdom.  You and I are in training right now to be teachers in the millennium.  Certainly, we would like to think that our only responsibilities will be reigning and ruling, but teaching will be an integral part of our duties.  Notice a prophecy about the inhabitants of the world tomorrow being instructed by teachers.

“…Your teachers shall not be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers:  And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”  (Isaiah 30:20-21)

Where will this teaching in the Kingdom take place?  What will be taught?  When will classes be held – or will it be ‘on the job’ training?  Who will be doing the teaching?  Let’s say that your duties include ten cities as we find here, “And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.”  (Luke 19:17)  How will you organize your teaching seminars so that no one is overlooked?  Time is of the essence in that no one knows that day or hour of Christ’s return.  (Mark 13:32)

Before we are qualified to teach we must know the way of God.  There are only a relatively few people who know and love God well enough to qualify.  Fewer still are prepared to teach when Jesus Christ returns.  Hearing good sermons is one thing – but, putting those principles of God into our lives well enough to be able to pass them on to others, is another.  It is one thing to listen to the word of God being expounded Sabbath after Sabbath, but who is proficient enough in the truth of God to be ready to teach it to others in the millennium?

Jesus Christ established the Church for the purpose of training up and qualifying a people with spiritual knowledge and Godly character who are able to teach to reign and rule with Him in the Millennium.  We are to teach as we have been taught.  That thought comes from:  “But continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them.”  (2Timothy 3:14)

The Church brethren today are the Kingdom of God in embryo, as God is reproducing Himself in man.  The Church of God is being taught and trained now.  We will need to know how to teach and rule in the millennium under Christ when He sets His hand to save the rest of mankind.  We are to be learning to teach here and now.  "Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:18-19)

In today’s sermon we will examine, “What is the Church to teach?  The answer to this question is encompassed by the total life of Christ.  He is our perfect teacher.  What kind of a man was He?  What did He do?  How did He live His life?  What kind of relationship did He have with His Father in heaven?  The answer to these questions is what the Church of God teaches, and that is how the Church is to live.  "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20)

Brethren, are you ready to step into this teaching position right now?  Most of us have had ample time to get ready to teach—and still are not prepared for tomorrow’s teaching positions.  Are you prepared to teach?  Do you suppose that Jesus will have some remedial classes early in the millennium for us to earn our “Way of God” teaching credentials?

"Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore." (Psalm 86:11-12)

Sermon:  "Why so Few Teachers"