Passing it on
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Passing it on

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

2 Timothy 2:2

The truths we learn from other people regarding Scripture ought to be taught to others. We are to “pass them on to others”. All of what I know has been taught to me by someone else whether it be from preachers, teachers, or the writers of the Scripture themselves as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. So I am like a parrot, just speaking the truths I’ve learned from others. I’m not really that original. I just know what I’ve been taught.

The ultimate source of all truth is Scripture. And the Bible is a closed book, there are no “new revelations”. Of course, we can find all sorts of new ways to teach things, but the truths themselves remain unchanged.

What we learn isn’t meant to be held onto just for ourselves. We should find “trustworthy people” to learn from and pass that teaching on to others. “Trustworthy people” are just people who are committed to learning these truths and have been able to incorporate such truths into their lives. I’ve heard the best way to learn something is to teach it. When you teach something you are forced to grapple with it so that it becomes part of you.

Jesus himself was a rabbi. He was a teacher and his disciples sat under him, devoting themselves to his teaching. They in turn taught other people so that what we learn are just things they have passed on. For all the centuries since Christ walked this earth, there have been these truths that have been handed down through the generations. These things “have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses”. These truths are solid because they have been lived out by millions upon millions of people who have gone before us.

Find good teachers who are committed to learning the truth and even more importantly are dedicated to living out those truths so that what they teach you, you can one day teach to others. That’s how disciples are made – by learning truths from good teachers and reproducing them in other people. Of course, their teachings must in fact be the “truths” found in Scripture. You should be able to “fact check” everything you learn with Scripture. We really aren’t looking for new truths from someone’s imagination, just the truths that have been handed down to us. So learn all you can and then hand it off to someone else.