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Five Fold Ministry - The Teacher

As we examine the last finger on the Hand of God that represents the office of teacher, we find that they, along with the apostle and prophets, are to be the first brought in when the foundation of a new church is laid.


I Corinthians 12:28

28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gift of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.


Teachers can be found in all walks of life, not just ministry. there are dance teachers, school teachers, music teachers etc. Their gifting, whether used in the world or in ministry, can be elevated to a much higher level if they are in a church where they have access to the presence and anointing of the office of Teacher.




In this end time, as truth is being released though the apostles and prophets, there is an even greater need for holy and bold teachers to bring the newly revealed message to the world to satisfy the hunger of the remnant. There are many teachers caught up in religious bondage or even false teachers out there however, and we must be able to recognize their fruit. A caution: God says in the Word that we are to judge people by the fruit of their life, but think about this, we must be close enough to the tree to be able to judge its fruit! How can we judge the lifestyle of someone that's on the radio or T.V. or even in the church unless we are around them daily and in all circumstances? Many of today's compromising leadership think it's perfectly OK to have a few drinks, smoke a few cigarettes, and read risque magazines. Who's going to be the wiser if they keep it hidden. How many have secret relationships God does not approve of? They are perhaps homosexual or adulterous. Believe me, there are a bunch of deceptive people out there, and many are behind pulpits! They don't fool God, but they can fool the people that cannot judge their rotten fruit because they can't see what is done behind closed doors. Here is what God says about this deceiving leadership.



Matthew 18:6-7

6 "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he weredrowned in the depth of the sea.

7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!"


We must be very, very careful who we learn from. You see, teachers teach what they know, but reproduce what they are in others. We must therefore know our teachers' lifestyle well, because what they are will be reproduced in us!




Much has been said in the past about the false prophet, but really there should be much more emphasis put on evaluating the false teacher! A teacher that willknowingly feed the flock moldy bread, not caring at all that revelation knowledge is non-existent in their classes, is not one chosen by the Lord. God constantly reveals truth, and He expects His people to be fed that Truth, so they can mature, become that truth, and be eventually restored to His image. I Corinthians explains this truth.


I Corinthians 15:49

49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.


So there must be teachers who are willing to be fed by the revealer, so that they can in turn feed the flock. This is not to say that there should not be foundational teachings for the new ones, but God's people simply cannot stop there!


Heb. 6:1-2 instructs:

1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal Judgment.


Notice all these subjects are considered elementary. See why the church as a whole is so lukewarm. These subjects are about all they teach! We must move on to a deeper knowledge of God and His plans for the Kingdom and the total restoration of His people. Neither the false or lukewarm teacher is one bit concerned with end time knowledge however.

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