“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel”
The Ethiopian Eunuch of Acts 8 was far more honest than a lot of us today. Phillip heard him read Isaiah 53 and asked him: “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied “How can I except a man guide me?” He knew that he needed a teacher.
God has ordained that men hear about Him from other men. If you will learn to interpret the bible, you must be taught by other people who can. The idea of hearing from God directly has been the woe of many ministries and source of many heresies. If you do not know the written word, how can you judge what you heard from ‘God?’ Friends, seek first to know the written word, seek to be taught to interpret it. The bible insists on this over and over again: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).
So you see, Jesus didn’t ordain your Spiritual growth to come from Him teaching you directly. He has given you ‘men’ to help you grow.
See what the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
When you’re trying to find a bible teacher, you must watch out first for faithfulness to the written word before eloquence. The Apostle Paul may not have been the most eloquent or charismatic speaker. In fact, one time when he was teaching, someone dozed off, fell down the window and died! But you could not fault his understanding of scriptures.
Apollos, on the other hand, had the reputation of being eloquent. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him speak, they realized that he still had a lot to learn. The couple took him away and “expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly” (Acts 18:24-26). Apollos was taught. And you need a teacher if you’re going to understand the bible accurately. In today’s text, Paul tells the Corinthian church: ‘I have begotten you in the gospel.’ Do you have a teacher who can say that about you?