What is it about certain people that, when they are gone from us, we ask ourselves this question, “What makes their memory so persistent and their loss so sharply felt?” The Bible says, “the memory of the just is blessed”, Proverbs 10:7. This was vividly brought to my attention when one of our graduates, who is a veteran missionary, sat across from me in my office and said “I have been walking around the campus soaking up some good memories. The men I studied under were anointed.” The unshakeable commitment to the Word of God of his teachers had become a foundation plank in his own ministry over these years as he serves on another continent. The joy of any teacher is when his students travel further, dig deeper, rise higher and reach more people with the truth of God’s Word then ever the teacher did. John, the apostle, said “I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth.”, 3 John 4.
Of all the joys a Bible School teacher could have, there would be nothing that thrills the heart more than knowing that the Word of God is being studied, lived and taught by those into whom he poured it. He then knows that they “… received it not as the word of men but as the word of God which effectually worketh also in you that believe”, 2 Thessalonians 2:13. The King James translators wanted their lives to be involved in translating the Word of God because they knew it would be valuable for time and eternity. They valued it as an “inestimable treasure” that would grow of itself. “….the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure,
which excelleth all the riches of the earth because the fruit thereof extendeth itself…”.
I recently attended a gospel concert with my wife and granddaughter and how my heart rejoiced as these gifted young men sang harmoniously, joyfully and worshipfully. Biblical principles were shared and, at one point, the stage cleared and the gospel was presented logically, clearly, and powerfully from an open Bible. It was evident to me from those young men that they treasured the Word of God. It was evident to me from that former student that he remembered NBBI because of the “inestimable treasure” it set before him and I could observe the “fruit thereof extending itself” in his ministry. Whatever we deposit to students as teachers in this age, may we leave them with the “Word of God” and it will “extend itself through a fertile life.”
Post by: John Hoag, NBBI Chancellor
This article appears in the February 2012 Open Bible Bulletin. Click here for the pdf version.