|Matthew 23:6-8 |
6 They love the uppermost rooms at feasts and the most important seats in the synagogues, [They sit up on the stage, they stand in an elevated pulpit. It's all part of the theater, but does not fit with proper worship.]
7 They love to be greeted in the markets and to be called by men, 'Rabbi' [or teacher, master, Reverend, Father, Pastor, Doctor].
8 But do not be called 'Rabbi' [teacher]; for you have one teacher,1 and you are all brothers.
1 for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. Who is that Teacher? In verse 10, he tells us our one Teacher is "the Christ." Notice Jesus did not say, "I am your teacher." He said, "the Christ;" Christ means the anointing or with God's spirit. So Jesus is telling them that the anointing, or the spirit of God, is their one teacher. The man Jesus cannot be our teacher; he is no longer a man on the earth. Neither can his written words be our Teacher because as Paul said: the letter [the Bible] kills, but the Spirit gives life, 2 Cor 3:6; and Jesus said: the words I speak to you are Spirit and Life-giving, John 6:63. The anointing is our one Teacher, 1 John 2:27; the anointing is the Spirit of God. The Light, who is Christ, is in every man that comes into the world, John 1:7,9; the Spirit is given to every man to benefit all. 1 Cor 12:7. The Holy Spirit is promised to teach us all things and to guide us into all truth - this is the Teacher that Jesus is referring to. The Holy Spirit is sent in the name of Jesus by the Father. John 14:26.
and you are all brothers. When brothers are mature, they can teach one another as they hear the Word of God within their hearts. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another [with words from Christ in your hearts, Rom 10:8, Deu 30:10-14] in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16; in this verse Paul is speaking to mature brethren, who can hear the Word of God within their hearts, and can share their teachings as they receive them — thus edifying the entire body. He is not speaking to immature brethren, unable to teach, who are limited to milk and not strong food. Heb 5:12