Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 5:19
The kingdom of God is not impressed by the theological accolades or academic accomplishments of men. In heaven’s kingdom, people are esteemed in direct proportion to the value they place on the Word of God.
The simple-minded saint who, with little or no formal education, faithfully follows God’s Word is considered great in the eyes of heaven, while the august skeptic who scoffs at the Bible is disdained in the eyes of heaven.
In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees were regarded as “experts” on the law. People considered them among the highest and most authoritative sources of wisdom and knowledge. Yet, they had twisted and divided and manipulated God’s Word for their own selfish and proud purposes. Jesus pointedly informs them, and the people of God, that God is not pleased or impressed by any man’s attempt to undermine or alter his Word.
Sadly, many Christians become confused on this point and begin to evaluate the weight of a man’s words by the degrees he holds or the recognition he is given by men. For this reason, they are easily led astray by liberal scholars or religious professors who make an impressive show of questioning the validity and integrity of the Bible.
What is your view of God’s Word? Do you trust it and seek to follow it, or do you question or ignore it? Heaven admires simple faith, but God despises those who despise his Word.
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