This power gave them an opportunity to tell the people about Jesus, yes, to witness to the world. This power and authority was not that so they exercise lordship and authority upon the body of Christ.
Anyway, He said,
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" Matthew 10:16.
So they were to cause no offence; be harmless, non dangerous and unoffending, but to beware also of wolves.
Who were these wolves?
In verse 5 and 6 he said, "Don't go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel-God's lost sheep."
Now, these wolves are none else than believers today, and those He sends find themselves amidst them.
He said, "beware! For you will be arrested and tried, and whipped in the synagogues." Church is now like a law court, where God’s servants every time stand trial before God’s lost sheep.
Tell you what folks, I like people who are open-minded, who form their own opinion rather than follow a crowd. I like them because I am opinionated too. But it’s wrong to refuse to change even when confronted with truth of the word of God, that way one becomes arrogant.
We believers are wise, not in our conceits though, but because we know the truth, and we do it.
Anyway the disciples went, but before they moved Jesus said, "But beware of men..." Matthew 10:17.
Who should you beware? A man called a brother, "into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet" Matthew 10:11-14.
Again folks, it’s okay to be open-minded, but good to not overate yourselves. If you do you fall on the wayside where you become God’s lost sheep, or wolves in sheep’s clothing. Anyone who disparage or belittle other servants of God is a wolf, no matter who he/she is.
I have not said pastors do not sin, but even if they do, they aren’t accountable to us, "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption. And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray..." 2 Peter 2: 9-15
God bless you,
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