From the flesh to the Spirit 

Jesus warned His disciples of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, but the disciples thought He meant bread, and He said,

“How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:11). 

He denied that He spoke of bread, but then He repeated the imagery rather than saying plainly what He meant, and by doing this they learned what He meant and they learned to see how the things of this earth illustrate the things of the spirit, for the Bible says next,

“Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:12).

 

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