Jesus Christ was called throughout the gospels a "teacher." Dr. Howard G. Hendricks, the famous professor of Dallas Theological Seminary, stated: "Within the gospels one of the most frequently used designations is Teacher; it occurs forty-five times. Fourteen times he is referred to as Rabbi. So it is obvious that one of the prominent functions of our Lord during His public ministry was teaching."
But what is the the most fundamental quality that is necessary before a person can learn? One must demonstrate the character quality of humility. The opposite of humility is pride.
Here are a few quotes by some excellent leaders of our Christian heritage that convey the idea of humility.
Clement of Rome (Apostle Paul’s disciple who took over the Church of Rome after he departed; lived from AD 30 to AD 100; probably traveled with Peter and Paul, see Phil. 4:3) said of humility: "For Christ is of those who are humble-minded, and not those who exalt themselves over His flock. Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . did not come in the pomp of pride or arrogance, although He might have done so, but in a lowly condition, as the Holy Spirit had declared regarding him."
Again, Clement said: "Abraham was specially honored, and was called the friend of God; yet he, earnestly, regarding the glory of God, humbly declared, ‘I am but dust and ashes.’"
Ignatius (who lived from AD 30 to 100 AD and was a contemporary and student of the apostles) had this to say of humility when responding to those who persecute you: "Be ye humble in response to their wrath . . . . conquer ye their harsh temper by gentleness, their passion by meekness. For blessed are the meek and Moses was meek above all men. Wherefore Paul exhorts as follows: ‘The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle towards all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that are in opposition.’"
Dr. John Calvin (Protestant Reformer; 1509-1564) had this to say of humility…
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