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This interpretation of Matthew 23:8-12 is shared politely out of love, and requires consideration of the other verses explained here, to arrive at sound context.

The passage reads as follows;

But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.
And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ.
Matthew 23:8-10 ESV 

The Interpretation

 The passage is speaking of how a believer is not to be called a ‘rabbi’ and the like. The reason for this is because if they do in fact believe in Messiah (Christ) – they have essentially been given all (sound understanding) that they have, from God;

‘…that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another…. What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?’
(1 Corinthians 4:6‭-‬7 ESV)

Generally one could tend to rest here (politely) on this matter – however, then we have verses such as;

‘…Are all teachers?…’
(1 Corinthians 12:29 NIV)

When is says ‘teachers’, 1 Corinthians 12:29 is in no place then advising that a believing person should go call himself a teacher or rabbi – just because they share Holy Scripture and try to give the meaning.

And then there’s this verse,

‘…for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.’
(1 Corinthians 4:15 NIV)

When it says ‘…father in Christ…’ of the righteous apostle Paul; the corresponding interpretation is that ‘father’ is used in a figurative sense in that, ‘the apostle Paul shared the word which is the ‘seed’ (ref. Luke 8:11)’ – and thus ‘father’ here is not in a sense where such a title would be used as a way of addressing the righteous apostle, be it casual or formal.

 In closing, it could be said that the passage in Matthew 23:8-12 certainly promotes a humble attitude;

The greatest among you will be your servant.
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Matthew 23:11-12 NIV

May the holy G-d bless you beyond maximum; believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach).

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“Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” 

 “Scripture quotations marked (NASB) are from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org ” 

 “Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Standard Version® (NIV®), copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™”

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