Matthew 6:24: No Man Can Serve Two Masters


No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 6:24 ASV

Dr. F. F. Bruce, noted English scholar and frequent contributor to Christianity Today, compares this verse, especially the words, “No man can serve two masters,” with James 1:1 which has “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,” and concludes that they are a valid argument for the deity of Christ.

James had indeed heard our Lord declare that no man can serve two masters; and it is Bruce’s contention that James was not flaunting the fact that he indeed was serving two masters, but that THE TWO ARE ONE!

The sharp truth is that one must choose whom he will serve. The erroneous assumption that he can merely go along with a foot in either camp is a vain and fatal delusion.

The heart can acknowledge only one master.

Knowing the difficulty that man has in breaking away from material domination, Christ, in the next few verses, reveals God’s providential care for his children with a view to convincing man that God will take care of him, if only man will seek God’s kingdom first.

Knowledge of and dependence upon God’s love and protection make it absolutely unnecessary for man to serve mammon as a means of meeting his earthly needs.

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