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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

The True Teaching of Christ

Ye have not so learned Christ.
EPHESIANS 4:20
21st August
August
Matthew Henry
Teachers may put good things into our heads but it is God only that can put them into our hearts.
 
Paul taught daily in the school of Tyrannus for the space of two years. Judging from his epistles, the content of his teaching would differ greatly from that in schools today. There are many schools that pride themselves on their communication of knowledge, but they say little of Christ. In contrast, Paul taught that in Christ 'are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge' (Col. 2:3). How much real knowledge and wisdom are received in a school that shuns Christ? Many a diploma could read, 'Ye have not learned Christ.' There are also churches over whose doors the same statement could be hung. Moral truths or principles of Christian living are taught with little mention of, or no reference to, Christ. This condemnation can even apply to many Christian homes. The home is to be the centre for the teaching of God's Word (Deut. 6:7-9). Do we neglect this responsibility or try to give it to others? If the light of Christ does not shine in these places of learning, then darkness reigns no matter how much other so-called knowledge is imparted.

But Paul says, 'Ye have not so learned Christ.' Paul is dealing with the manner in which Christ is taught and the effect this teaching has on the heart. Some know about Christ in their heads, but this knowledge has never changed their hearts. The Ephesians did not learn such theoretical knowledge from Paul. We must guard ourselves from an armchair theology that does not work in the battles of life. In the last three chapters of Ephesians, Paul takes the great truths concerning Christ and applies them to every area of our lives. May we diligently so learn Christ in our day.