“JESUS’ FINAL PUBLIC SERMON“
August 6, 2017 Text: Matthew 23:1-12 pt. 1
The Warning Against False Teachers: vv. 1-7.
Warning #1: They are self-promoters preventing others from entering the kingdom (“they have seated themselves in the chair of Moses”).
Warning #2: They are hypocritical: v. 3.
Warning #3: They are burdensome: v. 4 –
Warning #4: They are ostentatious: they do all their deeds to be noticed by men … v. 5.
Warning #5: They are prideful: they love the place of honor
The Warning to True Teachers and Followers of Christ: vv. 8-12.
Avoid lofty titles: v. 8 – do not be called Rabbi.
Accept lowly positions: vv.8b, 11-12.
- False teachers will always be among us so we must be ready for them. Do you know Scripture well-enough to recognize the signs of the false teacher?
- We can never earn God’s favor; we need the righteousness of Christ. Have you trusted Him or are you still clinging to your deeds of condemnation?
- It is the humble soul who receives the blessings of God through Christ. Have you humbled your soul before God for His righteousness and sustaining power?