Becoming Worthy to Teach the Bible — Revelation 5
When John thought about himself and looked around, he “wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside” (Revelation 5:4). But we praise and thank God today because One was found worthy to open the scroll and look inside: “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll” (Revelation 5:5).
Though we are not worthy in and of ourselves to open the Bible and teach the truths of God to others, because we belong to Jesus and He belongs to us, Jesus indwells us and He is worthy to open to Bible to our students as we teach. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit indwells us as Christian teachers and our students who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; so, the Holy Spirit helps us teach and helps our students learn the truth.
Perhaps every teacher and preacher who has taught or preached for a long time has had a student come to them after their lesson or sermon and said something like: “I am so thankful you said [fill in the blank] this morning! That was just what I needed to hear!” Yet, we know we never said that! The Holy Spirit spoke through our words in some mysterious way and answered their prayers for help and understanding.
We will never be worthy in and our ourselves apart from the grace of God to be worthy to teach, but God has called us to teach in some way or we would not be teachers. So, we pray, study hard, pray, prepare our lesson, pray for ourselves, pray for our students, and pray again before we teach and as we teach and after we teach. Then, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who alone is worthy to open the truth, through the Holy Spirit will open the hearts and minds of our students so they can receive the truth and begin or continue to live according to His Word.
You may not feel worthy to teach others about God, the Bible, or salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but when Jesus calls you to teach the Bible, He will also give you the grace to teach despite the way you may feel about your unworthiness. As you are reading this, God may be tugging at your heart to begin preparing yourself to teach the Bible.
Peter knew he was unworthy to be a follower of Jesus, because he had denied Jesus as His Lord, but Jesus told him to feed and care for His sheep. The Apostle Paul knew he was unworthy to be an apostle because he had persecuted the Church, but the Lord Jesus called him to be as apostle to both Jews and Gentiles. Throughout history, those who have felt the most unworthy, those who have been the most humble, those who have relied totally on Jesus Christ to help them teach or preach, these have been the most effective teachers and servants of the Lord and their students.
We may feel unworthy to handle holy things and teach the Bible, but we can strive to be good and be good teachers with the Lord’s help, because: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45). And we can ever encourage ourselves with these words: “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” “(2 Corinthians 4:7). We may never be the perfect teachers, but we will try to live according to what the Bible teaches, the Lord Jesus being our Helper; always remembering 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
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