|Luke 6:40-43 |
40 The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master. [If you are following an unperfected minister, you have been led into the ditch. Unperfected ministers seek their own glory and your money. Jesus told us to leave the unperfected, thus blind, guides, which blindness he further discusses in the next verses.]
41 Why do you look at the spec that is in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the log that is in your own eye?
42 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the spec that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, [by getting perfect like the master] and then you will see clearly to remove the spec that is in your brother's eye.5
43 For a good tree does not bring forth corrupt fruit; neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
5 Then he spoke a parable to them, "Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into a ditch? Luke 6:39. So who is spiritually blind? Any unperfected disciple.
The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master. Luke 6:40.
Why do you look at the spec that is in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the log that is in your own eye? Luke 6:41
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the spec that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, [to become perfect like the master] and then you will see clearly to remove the spec that is in your brother's eye. Luke 6:42
Notice! Blind leaders cannot lead. Jesus is speaking of spiritually blind leaders. A blind leader is anyone who has not been perfected.
From the Word of the Lord within: "I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock."
But everyone who is is perfected will be like his master (Jesus). Perfection takes the log out of your own eye.
So he wants us freed from sin and purified so we can help our brothers, but until then, we can't even see how to help — and if we think we can, we are more blind than those we are trying to help — we have a beam in our eye, and he only has a spec — who is more blind? Only when Christ has perfected us, has removed our log; only then can we preach or teach, after we are readjusted, restored, perfected and set to rights, and authorized; then we can help — until then we just harm those we try to correct. To be restored, is to be renewed into the image of God, as was man before the fall in the Garden — which is Christ's job with all of us — to reconcile the whole creation back to God, as it was, even better, than before it fell due to the disobedience of Adam. For we cannot be reconciled back to God in our fallen state, we must be purified — restored, and perfected before union can take place — union that is only possible between two like beings. Only then can we teach or preach, or witness, or reprove our brothers. A perfected disciple clearly hears what he is told to do, when he is told to do it, and what words to speak just before speaking; then it is not really the disciple who is speaking or acting, it is God through that disciple; and God supplies the energy to perform any task ordered too; because God is in control of that disciple, who in obedience speaks and acts, then that disciple's works are perfect — God is really the one doing them.
In the next three verses, Jesus explains the necessity of attaining change to become good, before reproving others:
For a good tree does not bring forth corrupt fruit; neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorn bushes, nor do men gather grapes from a bramble bush.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil. For out of the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-46
From the Word of the Lord within: "A good tree is a holy tree."
And in Matthew, Jesus tells us that those with corrupt fruit, (those unperfected disciples), are false prophets that call him Lord, but still sin, Mat 7:15-23
James echoes the same message about unperfected preachers and teachers: My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment; For we all err in many things; and if any man does not err in his words, he is a perfect man. James 3:1-2.
(James is saying, until you are perfected, what you teach will have errors; and errors will be strictly judged.)
It is the Lord who is supposed to appoint by gift his preachers, teachers and evangelists, whose sole purpose is the perfection of the saints. Eph 4:-11.
No unperfected person can fulfill the ministry's function, which is the perfection of the saints; any unperfected teacher/preacher has not been appointed or gifted by God.
It is the Lord who is supposed to send the workers to the fields of harvest, Mat 9:38, but today's ministers have not been appointed nor have they been sent by direct orders; they are man-appointed and man-sent, and as such they are not Christ's. Instead, they are Satan's ministers transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness, 2 Cor 11:14-15.
The Lord never spoke of himself, he only spoke as he heard the Father tell him to speak:
For I have not spoken of myself, but from the Father who sent me and commanded me what I should say and what I should speak.
And I know that [to obey] his command is life everlasting. Therefore, whatever I speak is just as the Father has told me to speak. John 12:49-50
But any preacher or teacher has to first be pure and perfect to hear the Father tell him what to say in real-time. The unperfected ministers seek their own glory by speaking from their own carnal minds and imaginations, just as Jesus said: "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory," John 7:18. If yours words are not supplied by God immediately before speaking, you are speaking from yourself seeking your own glory; and you are essentially claiming that your own words and deeds are superior to what Jesus' might have been, had He made his own decisions about what to say and do.
So, any man who speaks of God or Christ without the Spirit's specifically supplied words is seeking his own glory. Take no thought how or what you will answer or what you should say; for the holy spirit at that moment will teach you what to say. Luke 12:12. Note! You cannot just open your mouth and start speaking extemporaneously, assuming the Holy Spirit is speaking through you; you are supposed to hear from the Holy Spirit what to say first. Many people read this and assume if they don't plan a speech, the Holy Spirit will control their mouth — not true! Jesus said: take no thought; this is only possible after the Holy Spirit has destroyed your carnal mind, which is enmity with God, and your mind has been renewed to the mind of Christ. All words spoken must first be heard; and only words heard at that moment are to be spoken. Think about it: if it is not all words, is it one word from Him and then one hundred from your carnal mind; or is ten words from Him and then ten from your carnal mind? From the Word of the Lord within: "all and only words from Him are to be spoken;" and only at that moment. Realize, you will be tempted by the enemy many times to preach before you can hear so well as to speak only words heard at that moment for there are many voices; beware of false prophets; and beware of becoming a false prophet yourself, speaking from your carnal mind about Jesus or God.
The preachers of Christendom stand condemned for seeking their own glory and then accepting pay for their worthless words; when to even charge for true words of life like Balaam, spoken from the spirit of God, is expressly forbidden by Paul, Peter and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the unperfected preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts.
Before George Fox had entered first stage of perfection and paradise, for about three years he was sent on limited, specific assignments by the Lord. But he only did what he was specifically told to do, exactly when he was told to do it; he then returned to his residence and continued waiting on the Lord. Plus, he was sufficiently perfected that he was able to preach, debate, and pray with words supplied by the Holy Spirit; so powerful were his words that even churches shook when he prayed within them. So limited teaching or preaching can be instructed by the Lord before you are completely perfected; but be careful to only do what he tells you to do, nothing more, nothing less; then return to your home to continue to wait on the Lord's further imparting of his Spirit by his words that you hear him speak to you.
Think about it. Only a perfect man can properly do works for God. To do works for God, a man has to be able to hear and see precisely how God wants the works done; he has to be able to speak only words supplied by God. Otherwise the works would not be perfectly done; and if works were done imperfectly, they would reflect poorly on God, making God appear unrighteous and imperfect. And so, no imperfect works are acceptable by God: Wake up and be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I have not found your works perfect before God. Rev 3:2
But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [effected, formed, prompted, energized] through God. John 3:21
Now the God of peace..Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ. Heb 13:20-21
Even worldly corporations extensively train their representatives before letting them loose on the public to "represent" the company. And so God insists that he should teach and perfect his representatives, (disciple them himself), that "represent" him before sending them.
Regarding the unperfected ministers and preachers, the Word of the Lord within stated: "We rendered them children to be incapable of being followed."
Those who ignore or depart from the way of the cross to preach and teach before being perfected, authorized, sent, told or shown what to do, and supplied with all words to be spoken, are purposely made to become immature children in appearance to those who love the truth, preventing those who love the truth from being deceived and following them in error. The preachers/teachers' immaturity shows in their child-like disregard of many scriptures including those that precisely define the conditions, the requirements, and the exclusions of salvation; all making their so-called Christianity to be like a child's make-believe, (as perceived by those who love the truth).
I can remember the day I discovered in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming with the Kingdom before they died; and in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus also saying all the end times prophesies would be fulfilled before the generation of 2000 years ago died, (click here to see all). I was shocked that the countless thousands of preachers/teachers who had spent their life searching the scriptures could possibly have ignored these verses, and I immediately heard the Word of the Lord within state, "they are children;" children, not men — children who easily repeat fables, filthy children dreaming they are righteous, children who have trivialized sin, children who preach the gospel of prosperity, children who are immersed in the pleasures of the world, children who are sexually immoral, children full of words, children full of vain opinions and pride, children solicting money from their captive flock, and children with many marks of the beast.