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Lessons Jesus presents in Matthew 7

by Jackie Gill

(From Jackie Gill’s Facebook page)

     Two Ways: The broad and the narrow 7:13-14 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

     Two Prophets:  The false and the true 7:15-20

 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

     Two Builders: The wise and the foolish 7:24-27 The Wise and Foolish Builders  

     Two Foundations: Rock and sand 7:24-27

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

    Two Authorities: Human and divine 7:28, 29  28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

     Ask ourselves:

Which path have I taken?

Whose teaching do I follow?

Do I act with wisdom or foolishness?

Have I built my life on solid rock or sinking sand?

Under whose authority have I subjected myself?

 

                 Jackie Gill is a member of the Allensville Church of Christ in Allensville, KY.




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