Good day to you all, grace, peace, and clarity from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
What if a body of believers in Christ were all infants, and carnal Christians, and there was not any fully matured surrendered children in the body of believers? What if some of the teachers were carnal, and the teachers themselves were still infants, or lived by their own works? What if they remained carnal, and infants all their lives while teaching or ministering to their children, co-workers, communities, and other countries?
What if they were taught wrong and were ignorant of his true Word, and never received His understanding and only went by their own opinion, the opinion of others, and their understanding and not God's truth? What if those body of believers were being led by infants, or carnal Christians for centuries? What could happen to that body of believers, and all who they were ministering to in their world no matter where they are?
Matthew 15:12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?" He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
Jesus was not afraid of speaking the truth to anyone, or separating himself from the world he lived in. He is on this earth but he was never apart of this earth. This does not mean ignore those who do not understand his truth it means tell them and don't let discouragement, anger or resentment destroy you by their response. Also it means do not worry about offending them or not that will always keep us from seeing His truth and obstruct our vision of seeing Him.
Satan will always use our fear and doubt to obstruct our vision of seeing Jesus, and he will use our fear of offending people all the time to keep us from speaking His truth.
When we take our eyes of Jesus and put them on anything else He is not able to work through us for His purpose. We will be drawn more to what ever is obstructing our eyes off him. For the disciples this day, it was the offense of the Pharisees that frightened them, as if Jesus was not aware.
Just has Peter was obstructed by the storm, wind, and waves when he took his eyes of Jesus his power to walk on water was gone. After Peter had received the indwelling Holy Spirit after the resurrection He held on to Him for the rest of His life, and never kept His eyes off what He was giving Him through the life of Jesus.
Matthew 15:29 "Come" he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out. "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith, he said, "why do you doubt?"
Satan will tempt us with doubt, and fear when we offend people. Like he used the wave, or wind, to obstruct Peter's vision, and we are unable to make HIS difference in that person's life and ours. We are unable to grow in Christ, and we will remain blind by fear and doubt. If we have the indwelling Spirit of Jesus in us, if we want to please Him above all others we are going to keep our eyes on Him giving us all we need to follow the life of Jesus.
Jesus only kept His eyes on His Father, and we are to do the same if we want to please Him above all people, and things in this world. Jesus is saying to his disciples just as he says to us today, their threats, lies, ignorance, unwillingness to listen, or pride should not effect us, and leave them means, "rest in me, follow me, If I am for you who can be against you, have fellowship with me with my true children, with my disciples that know me, I will be with you always."
Each of us should know where we are in Christ, and live accordingly to his pouring of His Spirit that He plants in us, so He can lead others through us for His glory and praise to do His will for His planting for His true receiving children. Those who receive Him should be willing to keep their eyes on Him and not wanting anyone or anything to distract their vision.
When we are fully mature we will always speak His truth whether it offends someone or not, because He is fully in us and guiding us where He wants us to go. We know every plant that God plants will live, and those who do not want to be planted by Him will always fall into a pit, he reveals to us their blindness through His Spirit, just the same as the Spirit revealed their blindness to Jesus. Falling into a pit for some is the only way they will call out to Him wanting to know His truth, way, and life. Our sinful natures should always reveal the pit we are all in, but for some that continue to ignore His truth their lives will always fall into a deeper pit.
When the Pharisee's fell into a pit, and I am sure they did after His resurrection, God reminded them of His words Jesus spoke to them, and their offense could have turned into repentance to God, and they could have received Christ, His way, truth and life, saw Jesus and their blindness could have been cured.
Some however may not of turned to God in repentance, they may of climbed out of the pit some other way, and remained blind to His truth, way, and life. We are not told but we know by our own lives He can pull anyone out of a pit, no matter how deep it is.
Today when we speak his truth it may offend someone and they too may fall into a pit, and God will remind them the words we spoke to them through the Spirit of God and their offense can turn into repentance receiving Christ, and his truth way and life. They will see Jesus has we see Jesus, and their blindness will be removed.
His true devoted children do not want to remain blind, living through the flesh, remaining infants, ignorant, and continue keeping their stubborn hearts away from God. They want too hear his truth that molds them continually throughout their lives so they can experience the fullness of Christ as a mature Spirit filled child everyday receiving more of Him. Mature in Christ means you know His truth and are only guided by it through Him. The mature child has a soft heart that is infinite consuming all He has for them of Himself. Not to gain something for themselves for their own purpose, or their own plan for their lives, but for His purpose, His plan and will he has given them for their lives.
His Spirit has no limit in fulfilling our hearts because we have received the Son, and the mature in Christ will go, do, say, what ever, and where ever he wants them to because He is doing the planting thorough them because He planted them. His children are not blind guides, they lead people to see Him in truth, their is nothing false about Him in, and through them. His children will always repent, and learn from Him by all He gives them, they will keep their eyes on Him clearly without letting anyone or anything else obstruct their vision.
His fruit, knowledge and wisdom are always given, and received through his true children!