What does the verse from the bible mean call no man your father upon earth because there is one father and that is in heaven?


The scribes and Pharisees, who were the religious leaders in His time, were very status conscious and wanted to be called, Rabbi (Teacher) and Father. Look at Jesus’ response below.

Matthew 23      “They (the scribes and Pharisees) love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 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 heaven10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.”

Jesus taught His disciples, and us, the Lord’s prayer, which starts with, “Our Father, who is in heaven”. Many times in His ministry, speaking of God in heaven, He called Him His Father. So, Jesus tells us to stick to calling God our Father in a spiritual, religious context, and not a person on earth. 

I trust this makes sense. God bless!

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