Strength made perfect in weakness

“I was with you in weakness and in fear, and in much trembling…that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God…I determined to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:3, 5, 2).

The greatest teachers are, as Kierkegaard pointed out long ago, “vanishing points.” The good teacher communicates truth to the learner with the intent that the learner might apprehend the truth. The good teacher, in other words, is really a non-factor in the equation of the learning experience. It is a matter of “infinite indifference” who might deliver the message, since the teacher merely mediates knowledge and helps “educate” (lead out) the student from darkness to light.

How different it is when the Teacher is Yeshua Himself! Here there is no mediation apart from Him, nor is there an end to the learning that supercedes His Presence. To encounter Yeshua as Teacher is to encounter Him as Lord. He is not impressed with vain shows of knowledge or superficialities. There is only one lesson He aims to bring to those who seek Him, and that is the lesson of Who is He and what His sacrificial life means for you…

Beware of those who want to make a name for themselves in preaching or teaching or in vociferous advocacy of particular doctrines. All those who dare call themselves Christians are under life’s examination, and soon the day will reveal whether we have each – individually – apprehended the truth or not… May God help us be ready.

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