Two Baskets of Figs

21 “Not everyone saying to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of My Father in the heavens. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast-out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them that ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me, ones working lawlessness’. 24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and is doing them will be-like a wise man who built his house upon the bed-rock. 25 And the rain came down, and the rivers came, and the winds blew— and they fell against that house. And it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the bed-rock. 26 And everyone hearing these words of Mine and not doing them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. 27 And the rain came down, and the rivers came, and the winds blew— and they struck-against that house. And it fell, and the falling of it was great”. Matthew 7:21-27 DLNT

Matthew 7 should strike a Holy fear in anyone who reads it (the entire chapter). In this chapter two groups are contrasted…

Verse 1-5 Sinners vs Hypocritical Sinners
  –This is not about about “not judging” others. It is about sin, self righteousness and repentance. One sinner cannot point out the sin of another sinner when they are both in sin. Thus the hypocrisy. Judge yourself first!

Verse 6 Genuine Believer vs Religious Believer
The sinner is not the dog or the pig. The religious or fake believer is. Ouch!

Verse 7-12 Seekers vs Bumpers
–All of us will decide to seek God or not. Seekers search out God for everything. Bumpers bump into God when they want something.

Verse 13-14 Holiness vs Self Worship
  –When you realize who’s you are and who owns you then narrow is the walk. Very narrow – a fine line. This walk (relationship) with God costs you everything.

Verse 15-20 Talkers vs Walkers
–Evidence. Every person produces evidence, symptoms, signs of what their internal or secret life is like. What they say, what they do, where they go, what they watch, what they listen to… Weigh the words of leaders carefully against THE Word.

Verse 21-27 Obedient vs Disobedient
  –Judas vs Peter…. hhhmmmm… Betrayers vs Lovers….
–HEARS and continually DOES
–“I NEVER KNEW YOU” is from Yawdaw. EG: INTIMACY. Better said, WE WERE NEVER INTIMATE (no continuous intimate relationship).
–Lawlessness is used to describe those who knowingly, deliberately and willfully rebel against God laws. In other words, self rule.
–Obedience to the builders code or ignoring commands and essentials.

References:

Genesis 4:1 (Intimacy)
1 Samuel 15 (Obedience)
Romans 1:18-31 (Seek)
1 John 3:22 (Obedience)
1 John 5 (Submission)
Proverbs 30:11-16 (Sinners)
1 John 2:3-6 (Talkers/Walkers)
Philippians 3:8-11 (Narrow Road)
Luke 8:4-15 (Talkers/Walkers)
Galations 6:1-8 (Sinners/Self Worship/Genuine)

 

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