The Kingdom Unveiled #12 – Matthew 7:13-23, 28-29
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.
> 3 Mandates of Jesus with Eternal Consequences
1) Find the narrow gate
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it.14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”
>> Two gates that lead to two places:
- a) Wide gate, that leads to destruction
Apoleia – utter destruction, eternal ruin
- b) Narrow gate, that leads to life
Zoe – fullness, vitality of life, eternal
2) Watch out for false prophets
15 “Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves.”
>> How do we recognize the false prophets? By their fruit.
16 “You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.”
>> Testing the fruit…
- a) How do they live?
- b) What do they teach?
- c) What are the effects of their ministry?
19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Is there good fruit coming out of my life?
3) Give Jesus more than lip service
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
22 “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’”