It is the highest honour to be called to teach. It is a commitment made in response to what God has done for us. Fundamental teaching and preaching of the Word can only come from truly anointed God fearers. Those specially commissioned to uphold the Bible and to maintain the purity of the Gospel. In fighting the good fight every soldier of Christ requires a reliable WEPAN (Worship, Evangelism, Prayer, Accountability, Nurture). SOTS stands for Sword of the Spirit which is the Bible.
To uphold the Bible, as the pillar and foundation of truth, ministers / teachers of the Word need the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The world hates Christians and listens to false teachers. Satan is the “prince of this world” (Jn. 12:31; 14:30), “a liar and the father of lies” (Jn. 8:44) and the world is under his influence (Job 1:7). Deceivers can be very subtle, yet persuasive. Jesus taught that false prophets and messiahs would come (Mk. 13:22) and that apostasy would increase before His return. These are desperate times for those not born of God, for the world is passing away (1 Jn. 2:17) and they are doomed. These are desperate times for Christians who have been deceived and compromise, or reject Scripture. Word and Spirit are essential safeguards and the ministry of teaching in the Church especially requires gifted teachers (1 Cor. 12:29; Eph. 4:11).
Christian soldiers are fighting an unseen enemy. Born again Christians, the embodiment of Christ on earth today, must speak the truth of the Bible, just as our Lord taught with authority (Mt. 7:28-29). Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword to divide(Mt. 10:34-36). This sword is the Bible and ministers should be able to to give “instruction in sound doctrine and also confute those who contradict it” (Tit. 1:9). We need to have the same confidence Jesus had in the authority and reliability of the Old Testament. We need to teach the ethical, social and doctrinal commands found in the New Testament. Christians need to fight against Satan’s strongholds, always remembering that the adversary’s days are numbered. When soldiers are not fighting, they are exercising. Likewise Christians need to spend their time and energy in training themselves for spiritual fitness (1 Tim. 4:7). Accept the Word of God, as man cannot improve the Bible, but it can be understood by those choosing to respond (Lk. 24:45) through Holy Spirit power.
Hmm where to go with this?