- We are not to judge, but we need discernment.
- We need wisdom, but not “idle philosophy.” (sophistries)
- We need to be righteous, not self-righteous.
- We need to read and embrace Scripture and not memorize a script.
This is part and parcel of membership in the kingdom of God, and a Gospel message, which in Craig Keener’s words “…transforms those who meekly embrace it, just as it crushes the arrogant, the religiously and socially satisfied.”
Here are Jesus’ own world shaking and life changing words from various translations of the New Testament.
Blessed are the poor in spirit [those who are not spiritually arrogant] for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.