Friday, June 7, 2013

We Who Teach Will Be Judged More Strictly

 Ephesians 4:11-13, refers to Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and that they are to prepare (equip, train) God's people for works of service. Could it be that as Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, that the passage in James 3:1-12, is speaking to those who serve in these roles? We have a tendency to read verse one, then move on to the passages of taming the tongue to teach people who they are not to be. Many times we, set verse one on an island by itself. Could it be that verse one is placed exactly, before James 3:2-10 to get the attention of the leaders first? Is James pointing us in the direction to examine our lives as leaders as we read through James 3:1-10 and then share it with others and teach from this text?  In today's language would it look like this; "Hey Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, you will be judged more strictly for the words coming forth from your mouth!" As for me this passage is a sobering fact when brought along side of Ephesians 4:11-13.

James 3:1-12
1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

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Ephesians 4:11-13;  11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
New International Version (NIV)

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