Biblical Keys for Discerning True and False Prophets/Seeing the truth/Works

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Examine the works

Of True Of False

But if I do [the works of my Father, works none other man did] though ye believe not me, believe the works, that ye may know and believe.

If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

…the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

…If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

Then arose Peter, and ran to the sepulcre;…he beheld…and departed wondering in himself at that which had come to pass.

And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are Gods… though ye believe not me, believe the works, that ye may know and believe…

For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy, because thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But Wisdom is justified of her children.

…into his own country… they… said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? … and they were offended in him.

But if I cast out devils by the spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man.

  • Note: Azazel means “the strong one.” So this is a reference to the fallen angel identified with the scapegoat of the Day of Atonement ritual.

And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad. Why hear ye him?

This fellow doth not cast out devils but by the prince of devils.

How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?

Others said, these are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

And some of them said, could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that this man should not have died?

  • (No satisfying some people. Watch for arbitrary unfilled expectations.)

…ye have the poor with you always and whensoever you will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

  • (Accepting a kindness on a ritually significant occasion, “against the day of my dying.” The indignation clearly confuses special instances with general principles.)

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? This…might have been… given for the poor?

“How often I would have gathered [you]…, and ye would not.”

  • (Confusing ideals and expectations. “Now they have no cloak for their sin.” John 15:22. Ask after God’s purposes (Isaiah 55:8-12, and Moses 1:).

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather divisions: