25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the platter, but within you are full of extortion and excess. [The priests and ministers of today's Christianity dress in fine garments, and they pretend to be very holy; but unless changed by the power of God, like all men, their hearts are full of evil, being uncleansed and unpurified. Being covetous, they draw a salary from your contributions, and from their position they lord it over you.]
26 You blind Pharisee! First cleanse what is within the cup and platter, so that the outside of them may be clean also. [Your heart must be purified and cleansed, even perfected; then you are like Jesus, able to witness, teach, or preach; otherwise you are a blind guide leading your followers into the ditch and captivity. To not be banned from heaven, everyone must become pure and holy before they die.]
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.]
29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous,
30 And say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have been partakers with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
31 Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the children of those who killed the prophets.
32 Fill up then, the measure of the sins of your forefathers.
33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?
|John 8:37-42 |
37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants; but you seek to kill me, because my word [teachings heard] has no place in you.
38 I speak what I have seen in the presence of my Father, and you do what you have learned from your father the devil.
39 Then they answered him, "Abraham is our father." But Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works [of obedience in faith] of Abraham.
40 But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I have heard from God; this was not the way of Abraham.
41 You do the deeds of your father." Then said they to him, "We were not born illegitimate; we have one Father, even God."
42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me; for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither have I come of my own will, but God sent me.