Who Is A Spiritual Teacher?

  1. Teachers are those who themselves have been taught (Tit.1:9)
  2. They hold fast to the faithful word they have been taught (Tit.1:9; 2Thess.2:15 – either by word or letter; 2Tim.1:13 –pattern)
  3. They are rooted and built up, abounding in the Word (Col.2:7; Jude 1:20; Matt.7:24)
  4. Teachers are skillful in the word of righteousness (Heb.5:13)
  5. Teachers are mature (Heb.5:14)
  6. Teachers have trained senses to discern both good and evil (Heb.5:14)
  7. Teachers have their spiritual eyes opened (Luke 6:39; Eph.1:18)
  8. Teachers are perfectly trained (katartizo, NKJ) (Lk.6:40; Eph.4:12)
  9. Teachers will receive stricter judgment (Jas 3:1)
  10. There are elders who rule and elders who especially labor in the word and doctrine. Teachers, especially, are to be counted worthy of double honor (1Tim.5:17; Gal.6:6)
  11. Teachers rightly divide the word of truth (2Tim.2:15)
  12. Spiritual Teachers bridle their tongue (James 3:1-18; Eccl 12:11)
  13. Spiritual Teachers don’t engage in foolish disputations of words (2Tim.2:23)
  14. Spiritual Teachers are patient in teaching (2 Tim.2:24)
  15. Spiritual Teachers are meek like their Master (2 Tim.2:25, Matt.11:29)
  16. Spiritual Teachers don’t load students with burdens they themselves cannot carry (Matt.11:30; 23:2-4). True wisdom brings rest.

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