BibleBibleBBibleBibleBBibleBibleBiBible Study of 15th May, 2021. This following is what I learned from this Bible study by Brother Eli:
It was stated that it is not all that claim to be men of God that were called by God. Many are just fake. These fake ones are speaking of their own glory as Jn. 7:18 indicates.
And 2Cor. 11:13-15 tells us of false apostles that are deceitful workers, transforming into apostles of Christ. It says Satan himself also transformed into an angel of light.
Jesus warned us to beware of false prophets who pretend to be sheep but, are ravening wolves in Mt. 7:15.
Apostle Paul was an example of a true apostle. In 1Thess. 2:3-4, he states that his exhortation was not of deceit nor of uncleanness but, that he spoke the gospel as God directed, not as men pleasers.
And, in 1Cor. 10:33, he said he was not seeking his own profit but the profit of many so that they may be saved. Further, in Phil. 3:7-8 he said he had counted the things he gained as loss for the sake of Christ.
A typical example of a false apostle was Judas Iscariot who did not care for the poor because he was a thief. This is as stated in Jn. 12:6. This is the same way many so-called men of God today are demanding tithes and offerings, not minding whether they are from the poor. What matters to them is their gain, even at the expense of the poor.
Moses was a true man of God as was testified of him in Heb. 11:24-26. He refused the honour of being the heir apparent to the throne, choosing instead to suffer affliction with the people of God. This was because he valued the reproach of Christ greater than the treasures of Egypt.
1Tim. 6:17-19 cautions the rich against being haughty or putting their trust on their wealth but, to be rich in good works so as to be part of that which is truly life.
To support this, Jesus advised his listeners in Mt. 6:19-24 to lay up treasures in heaven for themselves which is free from corruption. He also warned against the love of material wealth whereby he said, "You cannot serve God and money."