10192017 Thursday

“The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven” (Matthew 16:1).

Matthew’s use of the same word utilized in chapter 4 for the wilderness temptation (testing) indicates that the action of the Pharisees and Sadducees is but a continuation of the work of the devil. We must continually guard our hearts against the conditioning of religious practices and traditions that would harden our hearts against the new, unfamiliar, and dynamic ways the Kingdom of God continually breaks through in revealing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the present age.

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