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Call no man Father?

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Obviously we must call our own fathers "father". He meant that we are not to give a title such as Father to someone because he claims to be a spiritual leader. He was criticizing religious leaders who sought honor for themselves instead of giving all honor to God.

 

 

 

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He meant that we are not to give a title such as Father to someone because he claims to be a spiritual leader. But don't the Apostles do exactly that? Paul says Timothy is his son, 1 Tim 1:1-2 and 3 John 4 John refers to his children

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He meant that we are not to give a title such as Father to someone because he claims to be a spiritual leader. But don't the Apostles do exactly that? Paul says Timothy is his son, 1 Tim 1:1-2 and 3 John 4 John refers to his children

 

Yes, when we share the gospel with someone and he believes it he becomes our spiritual child.

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Was Jesus simply rebuking the Pharisees or did He really mean call no man Father?

 

How about an actual Scripture verse read in context ...

 

 

Matthew 23:1-12 NASB

1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.4 They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. 5 But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their [fn]phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called [fn]leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

 

So now that we have a little perspective, do you think that Jesus might actually be forbidding the sort of hypocracy and puffing up of 'self' that the Pharasees were guilty of?

 

Verse 12 seems to be the money verse.

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