DOMINION MANDATE DAILY DEVOTIONAL
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021
THE FIVEFOLD MINISTRY: THE TEACHER
BIBLE READING: 2 TIMOTHY 4:1-5, EPHESIANS 4:11; 2 PETER 2:1-2; 2 PETER 3:15-18
And God has appointed these in the Church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:28(NKJV).
According to the above passage, the Teacher is the third office ordained by God in the Five-fold Ministry. The Ministry of the Teacher is so foundational. While every office in the Five-fold Ministry is required to be thoroughly grounded in the word of God, it is the primary job of the teacher to ensure that all of God’s people are thoroughly grounded in His Word (Acts 20:32).
The job of the Teacher and that of the Pastor work hand in hand. While the Job of the Pastor includes but is not limited to feeding the flock by teaching them the Word, the Teacher brings deeper understanding and takes the church into Deeper Realms in God’s Word. A teacher does not just feed you with the Word; he also equips your digestive system with the ability to digest and understand it.
The Bible in describing the Word of God in the New Testament uses three major typologies i.e., milk, meat and strong meat (see Heb.5:12-14). Strong meat are some of those aspects of the Word that are difficult to grasp and sometimes easy to misinterpret and abuse (see 2Pet.3:15-17). It is the Office and Teaching Grace of a teacher that makes him able to digest strong meat and convert it to milk that spiritual babes can digest. It also takes a teacher to discover these strong meats of God’s Word and bring them to the understanding of the Church. Paul was an apostle but was also a teacher as can be seen from the depth and breadth of his writings and teachings.
In this our day and time, one of the greatest assignments of teachers will be to confront heresies and the doctrine of false teachers that are prevalent in these Last Days. A lot of Christians have been deceived and damned because of the absence of the Ministry of the Teacher in their lives (2Chron.15:3).
Lord, we ask that You send teachers into Your Body that will confront the damnable heresies and demonic doctrines of these Last Days and rid us of itching ears that expose us to the seduction of these false teachings and doctrines of devils in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.