Last year as I floundered through writing out the Pastoral Epistles in a journal with a fountain pen (all in the great hopes that my cursive handwriting would improve), I found an intriguing quality that was listed by Paul. He instructed that a man who was desired the work of a bishop (KJV), overseer and bondservant (ESV), servant (ESV), and superintendent and overseer (Amplified) be “apt to teach”. I was particularly struck by this phrase as I wrote the words from Weymouth. He translated 1 Timothy 3:2 as “with a gift for teaching” and in 2 Timothy 2:24 as “a skillful teacher.” The Amplified Bible also had a remarkable rendering also for in 1 Timothy 3:2 it is “a capable and qualified teacher” and 2 Timothy 2:24 it was “he must be a skilled and suitable teacher.”
I am certain that all students have at one point had a teacher or two or three who really stood out from the rest of the mix as someone who pushed your life in a direction of excellence. I personally have had some who did that very thing for me as I have navigated through my years of education. I have been incredibly blessed to have taken part in a wide range of education both in the classroom and clinical setting. What I have realized is that of all the teachers that I ran across there were just handful who could fall into the category of being an excellent teacher. It is apparent that Paul fell into the category of exceptional. You can see his excellence coming through in a variety of ways when you read the account in Acts and scattered throughout his epistles.