“Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven."Who is Jesus referring to as the “teacher of the law” here? This phrase is being translated from the Greek word γραμματεύς (grammateus), which means "a religious teacher" according to the lexicon. Yes, Jesus also utilized this word to describe those teachers among the Jewish ecclesiastical institutions. But in this case - within this context - Jesus is referring to "teachers of the law" as those who are passing on the teachings of their teacher.
In the same way, a person might refer to a "priest" as a specific occupation within the Catholic church. Or a person might be referring in general to a spiritual teacher - again depending upon the context.
Thus in Jesus' reference, the “teacher of the law” is the devoted person who has received the teachings regarding the Supreme Being from God's representative - a devoted servant and lover of the Supreme Being.
"... is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”Now Jesus is introducing an analogy. Because Jesus uses "is like," we know the "owner of a house" is being compared to the person who is teaching the word of God - passing on those teachings he has been given.
Such a person "brings out of his storeroom" the teachings that he has been given by God and God's representative. The "storeroom" is thus his heart - because that is where those teachings ultimately come from. They might have been retained in the memory of the person, but the person who is teaching others about the loving relationships of the spiritual realm - those dedicated to pleasing and serving the Supreme Being - is bringing those teachings out from within his heart.
The “new treasures as well as old” represents the nature of these teachings. They are being passed down through a lineage of devoted spiritual teachers - just as Jesus was passing on the teachings of John the Baptist, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Job, Malachi, Solomon, David, Samuel, Eli, Joshua, Isaac and Abraham. Thus those teachings represent and reveal the loving service relationships between these exalted persons and the Supreme Being.
But when God's representative teaches, he also teaches from within his own heart - revealing his love and loving service relationship with the Supreme Being. But he knows that these are ultimately the teachings of the Supreme Being:
I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.What were all these teachers teaching if Jesus is the only teacher? They too were, as was Jesus, passing on God's teachings. This is clarified by Jesus when he said:
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart... (Proverbs 3:1-3)
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. (Proverbs 7:1-3)
So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you. (Proverbs 22:18-20)
"My teaching is not my own. It comes from Him who sent me." (John 7:16)These statements show that Jesus', and the other prophets who represented the Supreme Being were teaching what the Supreme Being asked them to teach. Therefore, ultimately, it is God who is teaching us through His representatives.
Again this is contrary to many ecclesiastical institutional teachers today who instruct their parishioners that Jesus was the only teacher and to have no other teacher but Jesus. This instruction is actually hypocritical. Why? Think about it: A person is taking the role of teacher, and teaching that we should accept no other teacher other than Jesus. The teacher is teaching something. Therefore they are being the teacher and asking us to listen to them - teaching that we should have no teacher but Jesus.
This is the sign of a false teacher. A person who has no real authority or empowerment to represent the Supreme Being can only parrot the slogans of their official church or organized sect. These sectarian teachers are simply masquerading as representatives of God. They may have the suits on: The white collar, the big hat, and/or the flowing robes: But these uniforms are simply masks that cover their real mission: they want to be honored by others. They want to tell others what to do. They want receive the acclaim and the respect. And for most, they also want to be paid their minister's salary - a sign that they are servants of money and their desire to have many followers, not servants of God.
"Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets." (Luke 20:46)Like the pharisees that criticized and persecuted Jesus, the professional ecclesiastical teachers of today in the guise of priests, preachers, ministers and reverends have no real authority from God because they are representing this organizations, and being paid to say what they say:
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money." (Micah 3:10)Such professional priests and reverends are already receiving their reward in the form of their salaries and their supposed followers.
God's real representative will not be part of any elected church or professional position. They will not accept such a position because they know it contradicts the position of devotion to the Supreme Being.
In order to teach, a person must first be a student. Even Jesus took the position of student under John the Baptist. Jesus heard John's teachings and then he applied those teachings. The position of being a student before teacher was in fact one of Jesus' most important lessons:
"A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher." (Luke 6:39-41)Jesus asked that anyone who truly heard from him and applied his teachings pass those on to others.
Jesus confirms this:
"Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:18-20)
(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Book of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus - translated from the original Greek texts.)