Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, March 9

Matthew 7:15-20 speaks of false prophets and how to test them.  It is by their "fruits" that you will discern whether or not they are truly God's teachers or false prophets after all.  Jesus uses this analogy that even a child could understand: "Trees are known by their fruit."

There are two types of tests that we should use to evaluate anyone claiming to be a teacher from God:

First is the moral test based on how they live, or what Paul called the "Fruits of the Holy Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-24).  To a great degree, real teachers will manifest this type of Godly behavior. 

Secondly, there is the doctrinal fruit based on what they teach.  In John's first epistle, he urges the church to test those claiming to be teachers (I John 2:26, 4:1).  I would say that a good basis for testing would be these six essential doctrinal truths that any true teacher from God must both accept and teach:


  1. Do they believe that God is a trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and creator of all things?
  2. Do they believe that the Bible alone is their authority? 
  3. .Do they believe that Jesus is both divine and human?
  4.  Do they believe that salvation is obtained solely by grace as the result of Jesus' death on the cross?
  5.  Do they believe that He rose bodily from the grave and will return to judge the world?
  6.  Do they believe that we are to live holy lives before God and the world?


Lastly, we need to be careful in showing a level of tolerance to those of other faiths who may be teaching with good and sincere motives, yet differ in some areas from what we believe.  We would be wise to not judge but to hold forth our faith and do so in love and truth.  We may disagree, but in a way that avoids conflict and hate.  This is especially true when reaching out to our Muslim friends.

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