Beware of using titles

Matthew Bible Background

02.04.2019 – New Testament: Matt 23.8–10

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 23.1–22 on February 4, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Jesus forbid us from wearing titles in the church, such as Rabbi, Father, and Teacher or Doctor:

“But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ” (Matthew 23.8–10).

Why do some desire to have such titles? It makes them think they are important and above others. However, should that spirit prevail among disciples of Christ?

If He could come down from heaven, live in despised Nazareth, work as a carpenter, and not build an earthly empire, who are we to think we can place ourselves above others?


  • Are you content with being called, “brother,” or “sister”?
  • Are you willing to consider others as better than yourself?

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