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Lesson # Matt. 23:1
Study Material - Matt. 23:1
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1 Then [tote] spake [laleo] Jesus [Iesous] to the multitude [ochlos] , and [kai] to his [autos] disciples [mathetes] , KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, NAS
The dialogue has ended. The questions have ceased. The answers completely eluding the various leadership groups of the region.
Chapter 23 is the last public teaching, or speech if you will, of Jesus. He will not cover salvation. He will not cover the various doctrinal principles of living the spiritual life. In this speech Jesus warns against false prophets and false teaching.
False philosophies will abound in each of our lives. They did in Jesus' time and they abound today. In many passages of which include, just to name a few, 2 Thes. 2:3-4, 1 Tim. 4:1-3, 2 Tim. 3:1-9, 2 Pet. 2:1-3.
In these passages we are warned that false teaching will abound. There are only four periods of time when false teachers, false philosophies, and counterfeit ideas will abound on a world wide scale, and these same false beliefs will amass huge followings of people. The time of Noah saw the entire world except for Noah's little group of eight, turn against God. The First Advent saw a massively negative society, awed by Jesus, but turned against Him and crucified Him. The third period of time will be that time just prior to the Rapture, when those who would believe in Christ will diminish and those who turn to other philosophies will abound. The fourth and final period of time will be the Tribulation itself where evil in unparalleled proportions will nearly destroy planet earth and humanity.
Jesus has spoken to the masses for over three years. He has answered the questions of the leadership, though their questions were not for the purpose of their own edification, but were intended to entrap and destroy Jesus in the eyes of the public.
The Pharisees et. al. were competing for the attention of the public. Their motives were selfish, intending only to glorify themselves in the public's eye, rather than teaching the public for the benefit of the eternal future of the public.
Now with the dialogue ended, Jesus turns to the public and He now issues strong warnings in the form of condemnation of the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and such. His warnings are the 'take off the gloves' type of warnings. He calls a worm a worm, a snake a snake, and scum is scum. Why? Because so much depends on how we approach God in our thinking.
Each of our lives depends on what we think of Jesus Christ. Each of our lives depends on our attitude toward Christ. First in salvation for those who have not believed in Christ, and second, in our spiritual growth, for those who have not gotten over their indifference toward the written word. The Bible is the written Word of Christ. Christ Himself is the living Word. The entire focus of the Bible is Jesus Christ - 'God the Anointed One Saves.'
In salvation Christ saves from eternal condemnation. In spiritual growth, Christ saves from spiritual stupidity in time and loss of advanced blessings in eternity.
Eternity is a very long time. So ignoring Christ in ones life means giving up infinite reward. If you had a lottery ticket worth several billions, who among us would throw it away? Well, any normal person would guard it with their life, get the check right away, and the party of a life time begins. So it is with doctrine and your spiritual life. It is worth far more than any billions or trillions, but who among us would guard our spiritual life with the same energy that we would guard a huge winning jackpot lottery ticket?
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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