43 Woe to you, Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the markets.
46 And he said, "Woe to you also, you lawyers! For you load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and you yourselves do not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe to you! For you rebuild the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
48 Truly you testify that you approve the deeds of your fathers. For they indeed killed them and you rebuild their tombs.6
46 "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and love greetings in the markets and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,
47 Who devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers2. They will receive the greater punishment."
39 And the Lord said to him, "You Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the platter clean, but your inward part is full of greed and lusts [ravening] and wickedness. [Everyone's heart must be purged from sin by the grace of God that mortifies the sin within you, providing you seek to hear Him guide you and then obey Him. Jesus said, For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within a man and defile him. Mark 7:21-23. ]
7 They love to be greeted in the markets and to be called by men, 'Rabbi' [or teacher, master, Reverend, Father, Pastor, Doctor].
8 But do not be called 'Rabbi' [teacher]; for you have one teacher,1 and you are all brothers.
9 And do not call any man 'father' [as a religious title] upon the earth; for One is your Father, who is in heaven.
10 And you must not be called master (leader, teacher), for you have one Master (Leader, Teacher), the Christ2 [Notice Jesus did not say, "I am your teacher; neither did he say, "scriptures are you teacher." He said, "the Christ;" Christ means the anointing or with God's spirit. So Jesus is telling them that the anointing, or the spirit of God, is their one teacher. Now look at what John says: "But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him." 1 John 2:27. Notice he speaks of the anointing as "abide in him;" he speaks of the spirit as a "him," whom Jesus has identified as "the Christ." The Christ speaks. ].
13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.3
14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. Therefore you will receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make one convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.4 [When you witness, teach, or preach supposedly for the Lord , but not according to his specific instructions, you are scattering the sheep. To gather with him, is to be sent to specific person(s) and speak with the words he supplies just before you speak . If you lead someone to the Lord without his specific instructions, your convert is twice as fit for hell as yourself because you are a blind guide that doesn't know how to help your supposed convert become a true Christian.]
|Matthew 23:3,27-28 |
3 Therefore, do whatever they command you, but do not imitate their works; for they talk of what is required, but they fail to practice what they preach. [This is hypocrisy, the yeast of the Pharisees, which has leavened the whole lump of Christianity that loudly boasts its religion but walks in continual sin, even without shame. From the word of the Lord within: "The hypocrite may talk of faith and do evil. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people." When a person talks about religion but displays sin, that causes his listeners to discount everything he says; and so he scatters.]
27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful on the outside, but within are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. [Every man's heart is full of uncleanliness, which defile us, as Jesus told us, (click to see). A defiled man is banned from heaven, whatever his lips may say. Jesus came to save us from the evil in ourselves, but we must go to Him, expose ourselves to His instructions, and then faithfully obey what He tells us to do — this is the way of the cross, and there is no other way to avoid being banned from heaven.]
28 Even so, you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity [sin].5 [Dressing up in your Sunday-best makes a fine show of outward appearance, but that does not cleanse your heart that is full of sin: lust, sexual immorality, covetousness, anger, greed, pride, envy, etc. Ministers with their robes, stages, pulpits, choirs, and accompanying music, make fine staged entertainment; but in their ministerial performances, the ministers of Christendom teach that sin is excused because they themselves are full of covetousness, sexual immorality, anger, and pride — hypocrisy and iniquity.]