For the last couple of posts, I’ve been talking about teachers in the body of Christ. I showed that true teachers bring light to our Christian walk. In our generation there’s a lot of teaching from the Bible going forth; but is it directed by the Holy Spirit?
In His ministry, Jesus made some statements that the disciples couldn’t understand. Many of them pertained to the church. They would only understand them after the resurrection.
One of them pertained to the body.
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.”
I think you can agree that this is not talking about our internal organs being lit up. The Lord is dealing with a deeper issue here.
To understand what Jesus is saying, you have to look at the greater context. He starts this section by talking about the preaching of Jonah. All of Nineveh repented when they heard his preaching.
The Lord then talks about King Solomon. The Queen of the South came all the way from Central Africa to hear his wisdom.
Christ was showing the high value that people placed upon hearing a Word from God. The people who heard Jonah and Solomon didn’t just want to know what the Bible said. They were looking for something that would change their lives.
Look at the very next thing that Jesus says after explaining about Jonah and Solomon.
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.”
The reason that these two men were called to their roles, was not to simply enjoy their times with the Lord. They were to use their gifts to bring light to those who needed it.
The people of Nineveh needed to understand repentance so that the judgment of God could be averted. The Queen of the South needed to understand how to rule her people wisely. They needed someone to light the path ahead of them.
That’s what Jesus is talking about when He says that the eyes are the lamp of the body. I believe that He’s talking about the need for Holy Spirit directed teaching in the body of Christ.
We need to come back to this truth in our generation. I believe that this is one of the things that God is trying to restore in us.
We can see it in the church of today. There are ministries where the people know their place in Christ and are secure in their walk with God. There are other parts of God’s kingdom where the believers seem to be doing as they please – simply living for themselves.
We need to be praying for the church. Pray that God would continue to raise up teachers after His own heart. We need the body of Christ to be full of light.
Question: Why is human-led teaching so accepted in some areas?
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