The Real Pharisees (Part 7): The Pharisees Shut Off the Kingdom of Heaven from Others

The Real Pharisees

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in” (Matthew 23:13).

We have already discussed the fact that the Pharisees had “rejected God’s purpose for themselves” (Luke 7:30) by refusing to obey Him and be saved. Therefore, they would be left out of the Lord’s kingdom. However, in addition to this, they were also preventing others from entering the kingdom.
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David Lipscomb: “No Big Preachers”

David Lipscomb: No Big Preachers

As we look back at history, David Lipscomb (1831-1917) was one of the most influential men associated with the Restoration Movement. With his work as editor of the Gospel Advocate, it can be argued that he was the most influential preacher in the South during his life. Regardless of this, Lipscomb did not consider himself […]

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The Real Pharisees (Part 6): The Pharisees Took Advantage of Others

The Real Pharisees

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses…therefore you will receive greater condemnation” (Matthew 23:14). When Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for devouring “widow’s houses,” He was condemning them for taking advantage of others. However, the Pharisees did not take advantage of just anyone. Jesus used widows in His example for a […]

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Words Associated with Sin

Sin

There are several words in the New Testament that refer to sin. Sometimes these words can be used interchangeably because there is a lot of overlap between them. But there are also some subtle differences in their meanings. We will consider some of these words in this article.

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The Real Pharisees (Part 5): The Pharisees Rejected God’s Purpose for Themselves

The Real Pharisees

“But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John” (Luke 7:30). People often wonder if they have some special purpose in life. Of course, we all have the same general purpose – to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). But there are few in history that […]

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God’s Provisions in the Plan of Salvation

Wedding Feast

“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, […]

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The Real Pharisees (Part 4): The Pharisees Were Close-Minded

The Real Pharisees

“Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done. Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, ‘What are we doing? For this man […]

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