Educating Believers Mind:
Educating believers mind is of paramount important in the church. And it should be a course to follow in order to avoid the menace of wrong interpretation of the Scripture. Apostle Paul speaking declared that
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
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And also in another epistle he expressed the need for educating believers as written to the Corinthians thus;
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
(1 Corinthians 10:11).
This shows that the scripture was not written for the sake its self but for the educating believers mind. It is important to emphasize that educating believers mind helps to establish the doctrine of the scripture in their hearts. The reality is that without this, it will be hard for the believers to understand the purpose of the scripture. And unfortunately, we are in those days where overtly, the scripture is being mishandled.
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Educating believers mind will definitely unfold the purpose of the scripture to them. And to make sure that this is properly executed Jesus didn’t leave the Church empty. Therefore, for educating believers mind Jesus gave the Church gifts.
The Gift Of Men To The Church:
So Apostle Paul writing to the Ephesians made it known to us that;
“He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Also he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; also some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
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These gifts who are men are the ones to shoulder the responsibilities inculcating and educating believers mind. And he said this will avert the dangers of believers being tossed to and from by every wind of doctrine. In other words it helps to establish stability in the knowledge of the doctrine of Christ to believers. For that reason he went on to say that;
“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
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Now the point that should not elude us from the quotation above is the statement ‘unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’. This statement signifies the goal of educating believers mind in order to embrace the purpose of the scripture. In another epistle, Apostle Paul puts it this way;
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”
Educating Believers Mind Forms Christ In Them:
The formation of Christ in the life of every believer can only be made possible by the inculcation of the knowledge of the doctrine of Christ in the heart or mind of the believer. It implies that the purpose of educating believers mind is that Christ should be formed in them. The outcome of educating believers mind is the formation of Christ in them and this is what is called maturity! Of course it is not proper and ideal that one gives birth to children and never care about their upbringing. That is why Apostle Paul declared to the Galatians as his little children of whom he travailed in birth. The focus is to make sure that they are well taken care of spiritually. And as a result no room should be given to false doctrines as far as Apostle Paul is concerned.
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The adverse effect of false doctrine is enormous and detrimental to the body of Christ. This is because it induces systems and rules that undermine the finished work of Christ. Apostle Paul calls it bewitchment. And it is so because it enforces a method that does not allow believers to enjoy the freedom they have received from Christ. That is all that Christ wroth for them through His death, burial and resurrection. Therefore, false teaching which is the product of wrong interpretation of the scripture takes the mind of the believers away from the right doctrine of Christ.
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The Right Doctrine:
The right doctrine of Christ is where grace is fully expressed. The need for educating believers mind is to make sure that though they are believers their lifestyle should portray the opposite. Hence Apostle Paul declared such a life a bewitched life.
“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?”
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The quotation above indicates that the believers in Galatia were deceived. And they started living a life that is outside what is obtainable in the finished work of Christ. What is obtainable in the finished work of Christ is called the TRUTH. This implies that any teaching which is not falling in line with what Christ has done as in His death on the cross and His burial, resurrection and ascension such is not the TRUTH. Therefore, such teaching should be avoided or discarded. And if it’s not the truth is not of God. If it is not of God it’s of the enemy the devil no matter how soothing the teaching may sound. Apostle Paul in his epistle calls it the doctrine of devil;
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
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It is called the doctrine of devil because such a teaching which is false does not sanctify the believers. What it does is to pollute them and removes them from the grace of Christ.
Instructions To Timothy:
And because of this he warned Timothy in his epistle to him while he was still in Ephesus to tell the Ephesians that;
“As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,”
He went further to warn Timothy that
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
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There is an important remark he made in the verse above. And that is Timothy is capable of saving himself and the people around him by heeding to the right doctrine. The demand on him is to stay continuously in the truth which is the doctrine of Christ. And by educating the believers mind he will establish the same in their hearts.
Also it implies that salvation is obtainable by listing to the right teaching. These warnings are not just coming from Apostle Paul alone but other Apostle also joined in the crusade. In order to warn every believer not to give heed to devilish teachings. Apostle John in his epistles called the false teaching antichrist
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“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
(1 John 4:3), also see (1 John 2:18, 22).
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