A disciple is not above his teacher

Those who try to do good to souls must not expect to fare better than their great Master. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master [Matt. 10:24]. The Lord Jesus was slandered and rejected by those whom He came to benefit. There was no error in His teaching. There was no defect in His method of imparting instruction. Yet many hated Him and called Him Beelzebul. Few believed Him and cared for what He said. Surely we have no right to be surprised if we, whose best efforts are mingled with much imperfection, are treated in the same way as Christ. If we let the world alone, it will probably let us alone. But if we try to do it spiritual good, it will hate us as it did our Master.

—J.C. Ryle, 'Expository Thoughts on Matthew'


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