Thursday, June 26, 2008

2 Puzzles on Matthew

Today, in my reading of Matthew's gospel, I came across a couple of puzzling questions:

1) Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matt 11.11, ESV)

Does that mean John the Baptist is not in the kingdom of heaven?

2) ...For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matt 12.34-37, ESV)

I can imagine the following:

John Poper: You are justified by faith alone.

Donald Corson: You are justified by faith alone.

Tim Koller: You are justified by faith alone.

R.C Spruul: You are justified by faith alone.

Stephen Teng: You are justified by faith alone.

Jesus Christ: ...by your words you will be justified...

What's happening here?

Comment:
Wow lau eh... "we need to read the Bible only"... what NONSENSE!

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