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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

118- Priests and Teaching         Image: Icon of Saint Timothy the Bishop صورة: أيقونة القديس تيموثاوس الأسقف Image: Icon of Saint Timothy the Bishop

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة القديس تيموثاوس الأسقف

[1] Teaching

The Lord Said to the disciples:

(Mat 23:8) "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.

But the Teacher handed over the teaching to them:

(Mat 28:19-20) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the

Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

Then the apostles handed the responsibility of teaching to their successors.

(1 Tim 4:16) Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

(2 Tim 2:2) And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

(2 Tim 4:5) But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

So Christ handed teaching to the apostles

Saint Paul received his authority to teach from Christ and the apostles.

Saint Paul handed his teachings over to Timothy. Timothy handed his teachings over to entrusted people.

Those entrusted people were qualified and authorised to carry on teaching others.

And so on, from generation to generation, and forevermore..

Saint Paul handed his teaching to Titus, Luke, Tichicus and many others.

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