“8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren… 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.”
The Christian walk is a walk by faith and not by sight. It is a walk focused on the spiritual realm, not on the physical realm, and entails such things as setting the mind on things above, not on things on the earth; and looking at things which are not seen, not at things which are seen.
Because the walk of faith is a walk according to the laws and principles of the invisible spiritual realm, many people access and understand it differently. And I have come to realize that even among believers, although we may share many similar landing points, the thought processes and interpretations we may have to arrive at those points are various and oftentimes differ greatly.
However, the spiritual realm as framed by the Word of God is governed by spiritual laws and principles that are as definite and sure as those governing the physical world. The truths of the spiritual realm are as certain and unfaltering as those of the physical realm. And so, in many aspects of the spiritual walk, there are clear boundaries between truth and error, right and wrong, and white and black. Many times, it is not a matter of differences in interpretations but clarity of understanding.
Which is why having good teaching is so important in assisting in our pursuit of a spiritual walk with God. The better a teacher of the Word is able to present spiritual truths as they are, free from personal agenda, preferences, biases and allegiances to any particular schools of thoughts, factions or creeds, the better the hearer will be able to benefit from his teaching.
But I have also come to realise that the best teachers we can have can only teach us so far. They point the way and teach spiritual truths, which are the necessary building blocks vital to our understanding of the construct of the spiritual realm – and the more diligent they are, the more building blocks they help set in place, precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line. But at a certain point, no matter how well they can teach, that is as far as they can go.
Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”. The general way to God can be pointed out, the spiritual truths of the Word of God can be taught, but the way of life – how to live your life, how spiritual truths and principles interact with your life to give rise to specific decision points in your life and what to do with them – those are things that can’t be taught. Because what a teacher can at most do is to share their own experiences and learning points, but he cannot live your life for you.
Where it comes to the teaching of the specific application of specific spiritual truths and principles and values to the specific individual life, the human teacher becomes inevitably inadequate, because this is a realm belonging to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the One who knows your life intimately, who cares for you intimately, who understands your situations intimately, your struggles intimately, your fears and desires intimately, and He is the only One who is able to speak into your soul and spirit in the secret of the night, and lead and direct you into the path of peace.
That is why the Holy Spirit is the only Teacher.