Those Who Learn; Those Who Teach.

Let’s face the cold, hard facts here people. No matter how good you are at something, somewhere out there someone is better at it than you. On the flip side of that coin- that double-edged sword- somewhere out there is someone who you are much better at doing whatever it is you do than they are.

While I’m being all cliché, ‘no man is an island’ in this society. That may just be one of my favorite phrases. We as humans simply must function in relationship with other humans for a healthy psychological existence and to become more effective at interacting with our world and being a blessing in general. It’s the way God made us, and the way He chooses to function with us as well.

Now, let me get more at the point of what it is that I am saying- we need tutors and mentors. Maybe you just happen to be that one person who DOESN’T, but you get your knowledge from somewhere, right? And wherever you get your knowledge from, someone had to leave that knowledge there for you, and they have effectively indirectly tutored you.

Now, I’m not that introverted that I can just sit down and spend every day reading, and walk away a brilliantly learned and changed man- no, I’m the kind of person that learns most from other people. In every aspect of my life, I have come to appreciate the value of a good mentor. Whether it is working out at the gym with a trainer, learning stats from a professor, or debating the finer points of freestyle philosophy with my dad- I always seek out a tutor who knows something I do not, and who is willing to share that to help me out. To be frankly honest, I have learned the hard way the wisdom that shows we can only give what we have, and in order to have something we need to get it from somewhere outside of ourselves. This is a subtly beautiful way God shows us to rely upon Him and not our own selves as He is the Source of everything.

I’m all about the bible, and I’m going to bring this back to the bible. So, what exactly does the bible say of tutors? Well, lets look at some examples of tutors throughout the bible. Elijah was a mentor to Elisha, Jonathan gave council to David and encouraged him to follow the Lord, the Prophets all had messages to teach and remind the people of Israel of… and we can never forget the greatest of all teachers- Jesus Christ. He gathered around Himself numerous disciples, each of them eager to learn what he had to teach and to spend time with Him to become more enriched and to gain a greater understanding.

But how about the bible itself? I read a curious verse the other night, out of Galatians 3, verses 24 and 25, which read as follows,

“Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”

Now hold a moment- does this mean we no longer need to worry about the law as given in the old testament? I mean,

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

How does the law in Scripture fit into this, and how do they not contradict each other? If once we have faith that Christ is the son of God and that he died for our sins, and we therefore ‘…are no longer under a tutor.’ then how can ALL scripture still be profitable to us if the law is no longer our tutor? Lets look at the two verses of Gal3:24f as a whole. If the purpose of the law was to bring us to find Christ, and once we have Christ, we are no longer under the law, then what place does the law have? Here is where the nature of a spirit filled life, of the consecrated life of a believer comes into play. Bear with this theology here; Once Christ’s spirit dwells within us by faith, and by faith we have given everything over to our savior; the spirit writes the new covenant in our hearts.

Follow me to 2 Corinthians 3-6,

“3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;[a] for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. “

When Paul refers to the church at Corinth as an epistle, I believe he is referring to them as a work in progress, a work that is something not constrained by the law, but that lives beyond the constraints of the ‘letter’, the scripture law. Notice here how it is the Spirit that is giving the instruction.

Once faith has come, we as believers receiving the Holy Spirit of Christ are no longer merely constrained by the law, but surpass the law- having life ‘more abundantly’ as is promised by the Good Shepherd Himself in the Gospel of John. Once we have surrendered to the Spirit and He dwells within, we have outgrown the law and surpassed our tutor. The lessons of the tutor still remain, but we are no longer led by the law, but by God Himself through the Spirit to do His will here on earth, as it is in heaven.

Brothers and Sisters, Friends, once we have accepted in faith Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, and His love abides in our hearts and his Spirit dwells within us- the fulfillment of the law exists in reality for us individually. Once His perfect love abides in us, rules all our actions, and abides with all our thoughts, then by His empowering Grace and His Mercy we truly can experience freedom from ‘the letter [that] kills’ and experience ‘life more abundantly’. Then we will have the joy and peace that empowers us to be thankful in all things. In doing so, we remember and worship God with every breath we take.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16f”

Perhaps one more passage from the greatest Mentor of all will help solidify things for you more completely,

37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[e] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40

So dear readers, I encourage you to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”, for there truly is abundant life that is freely given to all who believe, to those who truly love their Saviour. I can say this from experience, and my prayer is that you will be able to as well. If not today, then some day really soon!

I leave you with the following challenge: Who in your life mentors you; and who in your life do you mentor? I hope the answer’s surprise and motivate you to actively seek out God’s grace anew each day, and encourage you to also continue to seek the Spirit’s divine leading and mentorship!

Take care all of you, may God bless you as you go about your day!

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One Response to “Those Who Learn; Those Who Teach.”
  1. Jonathan says:

    I would say that I have been “mentored” by this thoughtful article! Thank you Brother!

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