Matthew Chapter 23

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Matthew 23

1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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34 thoughts on “Matthew Chapter 23

  1. A clean cup or reciprocal is of great importance unto God. God has always looked unto the condition of the heart. Even David was chosen this way by God to be annoited by Samuel the Prophet. David also prayed…Oh, Lord, create in me a clean and renew a right spirit within me.

    Jesus is pointing out to the religious folks of how God’s character is judgement, mercy and faith. Mercy took Jesus to the Cross for our sake, not for his. God could have rightfully wiped all of us out but instead he had mercy upon us sinners. So his Son paid the price in full for us. Jesus promised us he would NEVER leave us or forsake us. He took our judgement upon himself.

    26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

    “Even when you mess up. Keep the faith…”

  2. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

    26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

    27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    Here it is saying even though on the outside you appear holy the inside is not. If we make sure our hearts are pure and living holy then what is on the outside will follow. But if we work on what is on the outside first and the inside is not right with God you are condemning yourself. Clean the cup on the inside first.

  3. 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
    24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
    25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
    26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

    The Pharisees

    The Pharisees did all that looked good to the outside, they were filled with how the outward dress and what you looked like outward.
    Jesus called them blind guides! Yes Jesus said the outside does matter, how we dress and how others perceive us matters. We should keep the outside of the cup clean and our clothes should be clean. I think and have been taught old school that we should look our best when we come to the house of God. Our clothes should not be wrinkled, shoes shined, and body washed. Because outward appearance is what the world will see first and first impressions matter.

    I visited a church in my travels recently and the whole church from Pastor to musicians and singers were dressed in blue jeans and no ties. I was dressed like always I was going to church in my suit and tie and yes shoes shined. Needless to say I was not impressed and didn’t go back. So outward appearance matters!

    To stop there would be a flaw in the Gospel. What are we on the inside? Cleaned, whited sepulchres, made white but are filled with hatred, vile thoughts and we only do what we do to be seen of men. Inside we are so corrupt the spirit of God cannot get in. Notice how Matthew wrote it!

    13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

    Matthew called them hypocrites, because they never went all the way and taught others they did not need to take things serious. Well living for God is serious business and must be looked at that way.
    We should pay our tithes and give in offerings and do the things that people can see! But we should obey the weightier matters as judgement, mercy and faith. None of these can anyone see from the outside, but must be alive on the inside!

  4. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    No matter how beautiful the outside of a home is, if the structural framing on the inside that no one sees is rotten, it will still fall.

    Lord, help me grow more like You and make sure I am structurally sound both inside and out in Jesus Name, Amen.

    1 Samuel 16:7 KJV
    But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

  5. Hypocrisy a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess
    5273
    a dissembler, pretender, hypocrite
    From 5271
    to impersonate anyone, play a part

    Who are you!

    What we do in life does not determine who we really are. It is our character that really matters. It is out obedience to the word of a God that makes the difference.

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. -Matthew 23:12

    Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:4

    Humble – not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.

    The way up is down and the way down is up!

    Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. -1 Peter 5:5

  6. That’s what you are like. Outside you look good, but inside you are evil and only pretend to be good. (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭28‬ CEVDCUS06)

    In Reading this chapter today, I could see fingers being pointed to one another. I just want to make sure that there’s only one finger being pointed and that’s my finger being pointed at myself. I want to make sure that my life is aligned with GOD’s word. I don’t ever want to “appear” holy, godly, righteous on the outside. I desire to always live in obedience to HIS word, and be a true example of CHRIST to others. Am I I perfect….. Far from it, but I desire to be a light and grow in Him. To love as He loves, to be merciful, compassionate, giving.

    Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭20‬ KJV)

    Your actions will always speak louder than your sweet talking words!!

    Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭20‬ NLT)

    You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭20‬ CEVDCUS06)

    Different translations… But true, no matter which one you choose.

  7. Persecution

    Matthew 23:34-35 (Wuest – The New Testament: An Expanded Translation)
    ” 34 On this account, behold, I am sending to you prophets and wise men and men learned in the scriptures, and some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 in order that there may come upon you all of the righteous blood which is being shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous one to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias whom you murdered between the inner sanctuary and the altar of whole burnt-offerings.”

    Silence results in zero persecution. Those who keep their mouths shut of the power of the gospel, and the savior our Lord Jesus Christ will find little resistance.

    However those who proclaim truth loudly will be the object of ridicule, and harassment.

    They who speak the truth in love will find men casting hate towards them.

    John 15:18-19 (KJV Strong’s)
    ” 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

    They hated Jesus so they will hate us.

    John 15:20-21 (Weymouth New Testament)
    ” 20 Bear in mind what I said to you, `A servant is not superior to his master.’ If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 But they will inflict all this suffering upon you on account of your bearing my name–because they do not know Him who sent me.”

    It was John’s rebuke of Herod’s sin that caused him to be locked up and persecuted.

    It was Paul and Silas spoke up casting a demon out of a witch that caused them to be placed into prison.

    It was Daniel who kept his hour of prayer that sent him to the Lion’s den.

    It was the three Hebrew boys standing for their faith that caused them to be thrown into a fiery furnace.

    It was Michaiah who spoke up speaking the word of God to the King of Israel that had him tossed into the dungeon.

    Many more examples throughout scripture describe persecution. Yet only to the one of action who spoke the word’s of God.

    As we stand our ground, remain active, and speak his word persecution will come.

    Matthew 24:9-13 (Weymouth New Testament)
    ” 9 “At that time they will deliver you up to punishment and will put you to death; and you will be objects of hatred to all the nations because you are called by my name. 10 Then (will many stumble and fall,) and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will rise up and lead multitudes astray; 12 and because of the prevalent disregard of God’s law the love of the great majority will grow cold; 13 but those who stand firm to the End shall be saved.”

  8. THE BURDEN OF LEADERSHIP

    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    Every growing ministry is challenged by this principal. The greater the success, the greater the request for our service. When we are asked to do something for someone, whether it be to pray for them, encourage them, carry their bag, serve them a cup of water, teach them a Bible Study, build them a ramp or fix their car we are serving them. It is unwise to seek to be a Leader then attempt to control what parameters you are willing to serve in.

    We should approach every opportunity to serve as another opportunity to be great. Approach each opportunity with a committed heart and purpose to succeed and perform with excellence to make our King JESUS to look good.

    Understanding the importance of delegation, is giving others the opportunity to serve while accepting the responsibility of the success of the opportunity. This principal we find in the Old and New Testaments.

    Old
    Exodus 18:13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
    14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
    15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
    16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
    17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
    18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
    19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
    20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
    21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

    New
    Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
    2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
    3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
    4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
    5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
    6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
    7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

    Lets prepare ourselves for the growth and success of HIS Kingdom here in Fort Worth by preparing to serve others in any and every capacity.

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  9. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    We must not just come to church and appear to be righteous, but we must be righteous on the inside as well. Lord help me to be clean on not just the outside but the inside as well.

  10. “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too. (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭25-26‬ NLT)

    Don’t be so focused on changing the appearance of new believers, as God works on their heart then in turn it will reflect in not only their worship but their appearance as well. We are to love and be encouraging bro and sis. Let’s not judge , unless you’re ready to be judged.

  11. Matthew 23:1-15 Hypocrisy Denounced

    v v.13-15 Ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against
    men is another way of saying, “You put stumbling blocks in the way of the sinner coming to repentance and conversion.”

    Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

  12. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    Lord help me to be clean and full of you!!😉

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    Authority is Still Authority

    2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
    3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

    Jesus makes an interesting comment; He declares that the scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses seat. This is basically reaffirming the authority of the priesthood that was handed to Moses and his descendants. Notice that Jesus did not tell the people to leave and “start up a new church” or to leave and find another priesthood. The leadership was wicked and Jesus acknowledged that, but one thing is for certain, Jesus taught that the actual office of the priesthood was to be respected. Verse #3 states, ” All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do…”

    This is the element that people in general are missing today, respect for authority. The respect for authority is not contingent upon the behavior of a person. Whether it is respect for our pastor, president, governor, police officers, or others in authority, we must learn to treat those in authority with utmost respect. The scribes and Pharisees were hypocrites and were full of sin, but Jesus told the people to listen to them and do what they said…Just dont do what they do…. The only out would be if they said to do something contrary to that what is written.

  14. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

    26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

    27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    Our inside is what determines our fate, if we’re pretty on the outside but ugly on the inside we are ugly. If we are a saint on three outside but a sinner on the inside our appearance is vain. Help me Lord to clean out my inside of all ugliness so that my outside looks like you Jesus

  15. …., and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭8‬ NLT)

    Why do some people think there better but for real we’re all equal. No one is better than the other

  16. 11, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (KJV)
    11, “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant.” (MSG)

    We must remember that Jesus came not to be ministered to, but to minister. (St. Matt. 20:28). When God saved us, we were servants to sin, but have become the servants of God and of righteousness. (Rom. 6:17-22). So, if we want to stand out in God’s kingdom, we must step down and humble ourselves and become servants to all. No matter what we are asked to do, we must do it with a servants heart and know that we are doing it for God’s kingdom.

    1 Cor. 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

  17. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

    Don’t kill the man of God in your life.

  18. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭5‬ NKJV)

    Some people in the church want to “work” for God just to be seen by Men. And some could care less then what people think. They want to work for God.
    Those that are full of showing off and making their own name are so blind. They don’t see the real purpose in ministry. I pray that where ever God sends me I’ll will work full hearted. And stay sold out for him. And to stay kingdom minded and to pursue his will. Amen.

  19. So you want greatness?

    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    Here’s a shovel. We work hard in the kingdom of God and he makes us great.

  20. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    Humility must br very important for it seems has touched on it several times this week. Remember your servant heart.

  21. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    Romans 6: 21-23 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness and the everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  22. Don’t kill the messengers

    Matthew 23:36
    ” Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.”

    They killed the prophets, jesus, and eventually the apostles. Oh the judgement that is coming.

    When we hear a message from God, we don’t need to kill the message or the messenger. Apply the instruction to life.

  23. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    If we’re not ready to serve others we shall not be leaders. We have to learn how to serve others and not expect for others to serve us just because we think we’re higher or better than others. Let us be humble, love one another, and learn to serve others gracefully 🙂 Help me be more like you Jesus!!!

  24. Scribes and Pharesses are described as hypocrites time and time again . Jesus saw how fake they were. Their appearance didn’t fool Jesus. They were filthy inside and out.

    Lord guide me to do your will. It is an honor to serve you Father .

  25. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted
    In God’s kingdom the way up is down and God is not impressed by our skill and ability. He wants us to come to him humbly and seek his face not His hand.

  26. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

    5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments…..

    Many people are happy in their dilemmas and even pile heavier burdens upon themselves for others to give them attention, or feel sorry for them.

    Lord help us to desire to be seen of you and not men, and do things that you would receive the glory and honor, and not man.

  27. Father !! 8. But be not ye called Rab’-bi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Mal. 1 : 6 10. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. I CALL YOU MASTER, JESUS !!!!! YOU ARE MY FATHER !!!! I AM VICTORIOUS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS !!!!

  28. “Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” Ones should be more concerned with how the Lord (Jesus) sees a matter, then how self or another sees it. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word! God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all, in Jesus name, Amen.

  29. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    To be great in the kingdom you must become a servant of all and follow the example that Jesus gave us. He came to minister and not minister to.

  30. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭12‬ KJV)

    Be careful not to think too highly of yourself or you will be shown your true position.

  31. Inner Man

    27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    2 Corinthians 4:16
    For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

    The danger in “getting good at doing church” is when we slip into the carnality of focusing on the outer man at the cost of renewing the inner man. No saint is exempt from this battle to turn away from vain outer ritual devoid of inner participation. The weariness of the inner man can become the sleep of the inner man and eventually the death while the outer keeps on marching and holding up religious pretense. We must have the renewing of God’s Spirit in our lives that the life of the inner man would be reflected through the action of the outer, flowing directly from the indwelling of Jesus in us.

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