How do you teach the Word of God with authority like Jesus did?
“The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.” — Mark 1:22
The scribes, who were in charge of writing the Word of God on paper or papyrus, surely knew a lot about the Scripture. Day and night, they were probably reading, learning, and re-writing the Scripture on papyrus scrolls so they can share the Word of God with others through writing. Yet, despite all their knowledge, why couldn’t they teach with authority like Jesus did?
First of all, Jesus teaches with authority because He Himself is the Word of God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” — John 1:1
Second, I believe teaching with authority has nothing to do with how much we know about God or the Scripture. God’s Word is already perfect. Even without our understanding or interpretation or explanation of it, God’s Word can transform other people’s lives for His Word is alive.
No matter how much the scribes knew about the Scripture, they could never teach like Jesus did.
The same also goes for us. We can only plant seeds and share the Word of God, but it is always God who will cause the growth. We can never teach the Word of God with the same authority as Jesus.
But, that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
What we can do is to continue planting and scattering seeds and trust that God will cause those seeds to grow.
We can also make the Word of God relatable for others through our own testimonies. We may never be able to teach the Word of God with authority, but we can witness to it and how it changed our own lives.
Isn’t it also humbling and liberating to know that we can never be the authority in the Word of God, for only Jesus Himself is the Word?
When we acknowledge that, I think we can become more effective witnesses because of our humility.