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Lesson # Matt. 23:8-12
Study Material - Matt. 23:8-12
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8 But [de] be [kaleo] not [me] ye [humeis] called [kaleo] Rabbi [rhabbi] : for [gar] one [heis] is [esti] your [humon] Master [kathegetes] , even Christ [Christos] ; and [de] all [pas] ye [humeis] are [este] brethren [adelphos] .
9 And [kai] call [kaleo] no [me] man your [humon] father [pater] upon [epi] the earth [ge] : for [gar] one [heis] is [esti] your [humon] Father [pater] , which [ho] is in [en] heaven [ouranos] .
10 Neither [mede] be ye called [kaleo] masters [kathegetes] : for [gar] one [heis] is [esti] your [humon] Master [kathegetes] , even Christ [Christos] .
11 But [de] he that is greatest [meizon] among you [humon] shall be [esomai] your [humon] servant [diakonos] .
12 And [de] whosoever [hostis] shall exalt [hupsoo] himself [heautou] shall be abased [tapeinoo] ; and [kai] he [hostis] that shall humble [tapeinoo] himself [heautou] shall be exalted [hupsoo] . KJV-Interlinear
8 'But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 'And do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 'And do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 'But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 'And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. NAS
Thomas Shepherd, the founder and the first president of Harvard University, wrote in his diary on November 10, 1642:
'Today I kept a private fast to see the full glory of the gospel and to seek the conquest of the remaining pride in my heart.'
Quite a difference form the school we see today. Originally founded on the principles of the Bible and now following quite a liberal philosophy.
Here Jesus tells us to avoid labeling ourselves as teachers, as parents, as leaders, because we can be none of these.
As teachers we can only communicate that which has been taught to us. In grace God has provided us with the mechanisms of learning which include our brains, our ears, our eyes, and senses, mental capacity, and such. We cannot originate any wisdom, because we cannot invent it. We have no resources with which to invent wisdom. We were not in existence when the universe was founded, and we will not be here when our physical death passes us on to the next phase of our life. We cannot control anything in this universe, and we certainly cannot create new things in this universe.
God is the only source of wisdom. God is the only one who can teach it. Even that which we know and understand, cannot be communicated by ourselves to others apart form the ministry of the Holy Spirit. For it is He alone who makes things of the spiritual realm clear and discernible to people. I may write these words, and you may read them, but the Holy Spirit is the invisible link between the words on the screen or on the page, and your soul.
Parents we are not. This is always an emotional subject because people commonly believe that it is they (people) who perpetuate human life. And that is not true. We perpetuate biological life from the moment that a human egg is fertilized and the mother then carries it within her womb. During that time the fetus is totally dependent on the mother. But once birth occurs, then that dependence is severed and the fetus must have a new imputation of life support or it will not survive (the mother was the original life support). The new support is human life, which is imputed into the soul of the individual, by God. Human life comes from God. He is our true Father. He is our only Father. So do not get all emotional about having children or not having them, because in reality, you don't. All you have are blobs. It is God who gives us life, not man.
When we die, then each respective component returns to its source. The body returns to the dust of the earth. The soul and human life return to God from whence they came. Likewise the human spirit, which is created by God at the moment of our believing in Christ returns to God in heaven, along with the soul and our real self (human life within the soul).
We do not feel human life when it is created, but we can witness it. That is if you have ever had children and witnessed their birth and first breath. You just saw the creation of human life entering into the soul, and it is that life which must remain within the soul in order to maintain the human body. Once the soul exits the body, then the body dies.
Leadership? Not for any person on earth. No matter what our occupation, whether parent, friend, or president for life, we are not born leaders, nor are we qualified leaders. There is only one qualified leader and that is Jesus Christ. He and He alone has the wisdom, insight, foresight, omniscience, and self abilities to lead and to determine what is right and what is wrong.
The elimination of all three of these categories, puts an end to any foundation for arrogance. We cannot teach, because only wisdom and truth is teachable and worth teaching, and we cannot know it unless we are involved within our spiritual life. That comes to us by the grace of God.
We cannot perpetuate life, because it is not our to do. We cannot lead, because that requires wisdom and knowledge, even knowledge of all relevant facts in any situation, and that is far beyond our capacity as well as beyond the limits of our life span. Our life span is far to short to understand history and its direction and purpose. Furthermore, we lack the necessary resources to discern and to judge. We also lack the right to judge. All these belong to God alone. And Jesus Christ alone has all these.
Why are these concepts pertinent now. Because we have been studying the Pharisees and their cohorts. They placed themselves on a plane equal with that of God, and their arrogance prevented them from seeing their error.
Anyone who pursues his own course in life and that means anyone who rejects God, who rejects Gods principles of doctrine (and there are many of them), anyone who is indifferent toward God and what is taught by the Bible, anyone who opposes God, anyone who tries to incorporate little or great compromises in their life, and so forth, these persons are arrogant and they place their own ideas and beliefs before those of Gods. They will lose out in life. They will assume the place of the least of persons in heaven (assuming that they are saved). They try to define their own course on earth (making themselves first and God last), and God will put them in last place in heaven. They will be first in nothing.
On the other hand, those who are consistent in their study of the Word of God, and those who submit to the obedience of God and in so doing in effect make themselves last on earth and God first in their lives, then in heaven they will be placed at the head of the table and their rewards in heaven will be great.
Jesus tells it like it is. We need to learn our true place in life. We can either carry a broom and sweep someone else's mansion in heaven or we can be the masters of our own mansion. Likewise here on earth, we can ignore God and pursue what ever things are important to us and gain nothing, or, we can pursue life and those things that are important to us in life (nothing wrong with that) ... and ... include God in our daily lives and we will end up a winner not only here on earth in time, but in eternity which is a very long time.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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