And Yeshua spoke: “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves and them that were entering in ye hindered.“
The more fully we know the doctrine of Yeshua, as taught by the Holy Ghost, the more closely we shall cleave to it. When we know the afflictions of believers only in part, they tempt us to decline the cause for which they suffer.
A form of godliness, a profession of Christian faith without a godly life, often is allowed to pass, while the open declaration of the truth as it is in Yeshua, and resolute attention to the duties of godliness, stir up the scorn and hostility of the world.
As good men, by the grace of God, grow better, so bad men, through the craft of Satan, and the power of their own corruptions, grow worse. The way of sin is down-hill; such go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Those who deceive others, deceive themselves, as they will find at last, to their cost. The history of the outward church fully shows that the apostle spake this as he was moved by the Holy Ghost.
We owe it to good men, to stand up in the defence of their reputation; and we are under special obligations to those from whom we have received the benefit, especially spiritual benefit, to own them as instruments in God’s hand of good to us.
Falls and misdeeds are humbling to a minister, and God sometimes takes this way to humble those who might be tempted to be lifted up. These exhortations show to what excesses false teachers have drawn aside their deluded followers. How grievous it is that such evils should be found among professors of the gospel! Yet thus it is and has been too often, and it was so even in the days of the apostles.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength