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The Clear Word 

A Ministry Of Mid-State Bible Fellowship 

 

MATTHEW SEVEN

 
MATTHEW 7:1


[1] Judge not, that ye be not judged.
 
Matthew 5:7...Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
 
JUDGE/JUDGED:  The word judge can mean,  properly, a magistrate or ruler, rather than one who judges in the sense of trying a cause. This is the name given to those rulers who presided over the affairs of the Israelites during the interval between the death of Joshua and the accession of Saul Judges 2:18, a period of general anarchy and confusion. "The office of judges or regents was held during life, but it was not hereditary, neither could they appoint their successors. Their authority was limited by the law alone, and in doubtful cases they were directed to consult the divine King through the priest by Urim and Thummim Numbers 27:21.   Their authority extended only over those tribes by whom they had been elected or acknowledged. There was no income attached to their office, and they bore no external Marks of dignity. The only cases of direct divine appointment are those of Gideon and Samson, and the latter stood in the peculiar position of having been from before his birth ordained `to begin to deliver Israel.' Deborah was called to deliver Israel, but was already a judge. Samuel was called by the Lord to be a prophet but not a judge, which ensued from the high gifts the people recognized as dwelling in him; and as to Eli, the office of judge seems to have devolved naturally or rather ex officio upon him." Of five of the judges, Tola Judges 10:1,  Jair  Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon Judges 12:8-15.  we have no record at all beyond the bare fact that they were judges. Sacred history is not the history of individuals but of the kingdom of God in its onward progress.
In Exodus 2:14, Moses is so styled. This fact may indicate that while for revenue purposes the "taskmasters" were over the people, they were yet, just as at a later time when under the Romans, governed by their own rulers.
 
The word judge, as used here in Matthew 7:1, can mean either judgement between a court and a defendant, or the animosity between two individuals. 




MATTHEW 7:2


[2] For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
The point which Jesus is attempting to convey is really quite simple.  The way you treat people is the mannerism in which they will reciprocate in kind. If you are cruel and judgmental to others, they shall be cruel and judgmental toward you in return.  However, should you be kind and cordial to others, their reciprocation shall be that of kindness and cordiality toward you.





MATTHEW 7:3


[3] And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
In verses 3, 4, & 5, is the story of the speck and the telephone pole.  It deals with the cruelty and tragedy of hypocrisy. 
 
Here, you have a telephone pole in your eye.  You lug this telephone pole around with you everywhere that you go.  You eat with it, sleep with it, go to Church with it, it is your constant companion. 
 
However, you have never dealt with the telephone that is so obvious in it's suspension  from your eye. You refuse to see it or deal with it.  In consequence, day-after-day-after-day, it's you and your friend, the telephone pole. 
 
Then one day, you happen upon a fellow church member who has a very small speck in their eye.  You begin such a self-righteous rant to you fellow of the pew about how dare he have a speck in his eye.  That speck proves that not only is he not holy and righteous, but it will even bring into a suspicious question about his salvation.  That speck proves that there is no understanding of the holiness of God at all in his life or logic.  That speck proves, in your judgement, that he is going to hell. 
 
So much for a tiny piece of speck in someone's eye.  Before you can deal with the speck in your brother's eye, you much first study and consider the telephone pole hanging our your eye. For after all, which is worse, the piece of speck in your brother's eye, or the telephone pole hanging out your eye?
 
In short, what is a hypocrite?  A hypocrite, as in the Four Gospels, is someone attempting to manufacture a very high religious reputation for themselves, at someone else expense. 




MATTHEW 7:4


[4] Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
May I refer you to my notes for Matthew 7:3.




MATTHEW 7:5


[5] Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
May I refer you to my notes for Matthew 7:3




MATTHEW 7:6


[6] Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
DOGS: Frequently mentioned both in the Old and New Testaments. Dogs were used by the Hebrews as a watch for their houses Isaiah 56:10.  For guarding their flocks Job 30:1.  There were also then as now troops of semi-wild dogs that wandered about devouring dead bodies and the offal of the streets I Kings 14:11; 16:4; 21:19-23; 22:38 & Psalms 59:6-14.  
As the dog was an unclean animal, the terms such as  dog, dog's head or dead dog,  were used as terms of reproach or of humiliation I Samuel 24:14; II Samuel 3:8; 9:8 & 16:9.  Paul calls false apostles "dogs" Philippians 3:2.   Those who are shut out of the kingdom of heaven are also so designated Revelation 22:15.  Persecutors are called "dogs" Psalms 22:16.  Hazael's words, "Thy servant which is but a dog" II Kings 8:13,  are spoken in mock humility.  Impossible that one so contemptible as he should attain to such power.
 
PEARL: The Hebrew word for pearl is gabish.  Job 28:18.  The Greek word for pearl is margarites Matthew 7:6; 13:46 & Revelation 21:21. 
 
 The pearl oyster is found in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Its shell is the "mother of pearl," which is of great value for ornamental purposes I Timothy 2:9 & Revelation 17:4.  Each shell contains eight or ten pearls of various sizes.
 

Do not attempt to convey deep spiritual truths upon unbelievers, who reject Jesus Himself and His world the Bible.  Do not attempt to convey the Holiness of God with those who are faultfinders, mote hunters or those who are evil speakers. 
 
The disciples were expected to make moral distinctions and not allow those who reject the invitation of Christ to treat precious things as cheap dogs or swine.  Both animals were despised and represent unholiness. 
 
The spiritual, Biblical and/or Holy truths which you would attempt to convey to the dogs or swine, they would attempt to trample them underfoot or you might could interpret this as attempting to destroy these precious and holy truths. 




MATTHEW 7:7


[7] Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Here in Matthew 7:7, we have threefold exhortation with a view to impressiveness.  The thought is to seek for a lost object.  When something is lost, the first impulse is to begin by asking the ones around us if they have seen it.  When that is exhausted, we then begin to seek in all possible places for the object in question.  When that has failed we then become desperate and begin to use all means necessary at out disposal to intensify the search. 
 
With Jesus we go to Him and Him only.  It is to Jesus that in prayer we ask, we see and we knock. 
 
ASK: Ask is the word commonly used in the Old Testament and is equivalent to eperotao, "to request," used in the New Testament. It does not imply any inferiority on the part of the person asking Psalms 2:8.  It is the Son who is bidden to ask, and therefore the word expresses the request of an equal. It has also the meaning "to inquire": "Wherefore. ask after my name?" Genesis 32:29,  signifying, "Surely you must know who I am." "Ye shall ask me no question" Matthew 6:6; 7:7-8; Mark 10:35; John 14:13 & John 16:23.
 
SEEK: To make search or inquiry: to endeavor to make discovery.
 
KNOCK: "Though Orientals are very jealous of their privacy, they never knock when about to enter your room, but walk in without warning or ceremony. It is nearly impossible to teach an Arab servant to knock at your door. They give warning at the outer gate either by calling or knocking. To stand and call is a very common and respectful mode. Thus Moses commanded the holder of a pledge to stand without and call to the owner to come forth Deuteronomy 24:10. This was to avoid the violent intrusion of cruel creditors. Peter stood knocking at the outer door Acts 12:13-16, and the three men sent to Joppa by Cornelius made inquiry and `stood before the gate' Acts 10:17-18. The idea is that the guard over your privacy is to be placed at the entrance."
Knocking is used as a sign of importunity Matthew 7:7-8 & Luke 13:25,  and of the coming of Christ Luke 12:36 & Revelation 3:20.
 
We learn to:

ASK

SEEK

KNOCK 
 
This particular promise is for everyone whosoever!




MATTHEW 7:8


[8] For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Might I refer you back to my notes in Matthew 7:7




MATTHEW 7:9


[9] Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Please go to the notes in verse 10.




MATTHEW 7:10


[10] Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Here Jesus addresses a natural human state of mind.  Does God answer prayer for all?
 
The argument is from analogy.  It rises from the human to the divine.  Instead of going on to say what the man of the parable will do, the sentence changes into a statement of what he will not do. 
 
Bread stone.  Fish serpent,.  Resemblance is implied and the idea is that a father may refuse his child's request but certainly will not mock him.
 
The point Jesus is attempting to attain, is that when a true born again believer prays, it is the desire of God to answer this prayer as per the believers supplication. 
 
Our Heavenly Father not only relishes the moments believers invest in prayer, but He also relishes responding to our prayers.




MATTHEW 7:11


[11] If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Evil or morally evil is a strong word.  Even most of the worst of fathers will not treat their own children with such mockery and contempt. This phrase is not an attempt to culminate human nature.  The actual evil being discussed in this verse is the evil of selfishness and a grudging spirit.  The idea is that a loving father will attempt to give the child more than they asked for and of a superior quality.  To give more than the child even imagine. 




MATTHEW 7:12


[12] Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
This verse is what is known as the golden rule.  The verse itself is quite simple.  The logic is not.
 
Quite simply, should you desire that someone teat you a certain way, then treat them that way.  For how you treat someone, is how they will treat you in return.  To some degree, this is the message of the entire Bible.
 
The key word here is initiative.  You should first take the initiative to be kind to others first.  This will prompt a similar response on their part.




MATTHEW 7:13


[13] Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
The destruction spoken of here in this verse is eternal destruction. 
 
It is hard to be a disciple of Christ.  The gate is strait and the way narrow.  There is no other way to eternal life than the one in which Jesus leads His disciples.
 
Matthew 7:24...Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 
Matthew 7:26...And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 
Matthew 11:27...All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
 
Since the way is narrow, there are very few who will access it.  This is not because there is no room on it for public traffic.  A crowd can throng on to a narrow path and a broad street can be empty of people.  But men like a broad street which brings them securely and comfortably to their destination as opposed to a narrow path which is more difficult to negotiate.  It is the narrow path which leads to Jesus and the will of God.  However, it is the broad path which leads to eternal life in hell.




MATTHEW 7:14


[14] Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
May I refer you to my notes in Matthew 7:13





MATTHEW 7:15


[15] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

In Matthew 7:15, the metaphorical saying about the sheep is also a first warning to the body of Christ to keep itself from the corruption whic is the more dangerous because it keeps up outward appearances.  Jesus is especially near to the sons of God who are suffering under various afflictions brought on by such corrupt Bible teachers.
 
The phrase false prophet is never Pauline.  You will find it mostly in the Gospels and in Revelation.  The question of whether the pseudo-prophet is a man who falsely pretends to a prophet of God or a man who is styled because he proclaims what is false must be answered as per the context of the New Testament.  Mostly, pseudo-prophets are those wo claim to be prophets without truth.  The act/speak as real prophets, but are by nature compulsive liars.  As opposed to being envoys of Christ, they are in all reality envoys of Satan the devil.  It is the true nature of a pseudo-prophet. 
 
Deuteronomy 13:1-5...If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  [2] And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; [3] Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  [4] Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. [5] And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
 
There is a huge difference in knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior and knowing Jesus as the Lord and Saviorr.
 
John 8:32...And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
 
I Timothy 4:1...Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
 
I Peter 3:15...But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
 
I John 4:1...Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
 
Jude 3...Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
 
The Apostle Paul warns all Pastors about being careful when someone new comes into the Church and they look so promising.
 
I Timothy 3:10...And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
 
The devil has numerous devices and methodologies in attempting to destroy a Church.  And one of theses methodologies is by embedding corrupt doctrine and theologies into the Church body.  In a Church situation, both the Pastor and congregation must be very weary of who they allow into they Bible Teach8ng Staff. 

Revelation 19:20...And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.




MATTHEW 7:16


[16] Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
It would be good if mankind was as careful about spiritual matters as he is about earthly matters.
 
Man does collect, or even think of collecting grapes from thorns or figs from thistles.  And yet the idea is not absurd.  There were thorns with grape-like fruit, and thistles with heads like figs.  But, in the sphere of the natural, these resemblances never deceived.  Men saw, at a glance, how the matter stood.





MATTHEW 7:17


[17] Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Jesus is utilizing an agricultural metaphor to distinguish between the sin nature and the new nature which is in Jesus Christ.
 
II Peter 1:4...Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
 

First, Jesus speaks of the nature of a truly saved, born again believer:

Galatians 5:22-26...But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. [26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Philippians 4:8-9...Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. [9] Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
 
Then Jesus speaks of the tree, or human life, which produces evil or corrupt fruit:
 
Matthew 15:16-20...And Jesus said, Are ye also yet with out understanding?  [17] Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? [18] But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. [19] For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: [20] These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Galatians 5:19-21...Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.





MATTHEW 7:18


[18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
If a person is a true, saved born again believer, then they have within them the existence of the very God Himself.  Therefore, they will exhibit the true divine nature of our Heavenly Father.
 
On the other hand, if a person looks like the devil, talks like the devil, acts like the devil and responds like the devil, then they must be filled with the evil nature of the devil.
 
Each and everyone of us respond to the nature which dwells within us.  Whether Holy Spirit, or the satanic spirit of Satan the devil, we will act accordingly. 
 
Which spirit fills you?





MATTHEW 7:19


[19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
The acts of man, as their fruits, are signs by which to know their inner nature.  As the value of a tree is estimated by its products, so the righteousness displayed in acts is a decisive standard for divine judgement.  The man who is unfruitful is threatened with rejection.
 
Matthew 3:10...And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 
Luke 13:6-9...He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. [7] Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? [8] And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: [9] And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Being hewn down is symbolic of absolute rejection.  It would be good to note the in this parable, Jesus is speaking of the unregenerate as opposed to the regenerated.  It is the unregenerate who are unfruitful for the unregenerate could never render unto God that which He seeks.  Only the regenerated can be fruitful in the mannerism suggested by God. 
 
If a person is unsaved then they are filled with the nature of Satan the devil.  They will personify the nature of Satan and produce fruit which is compatible with that of Satan the devil.
 
If a person is truly filled with the true, real Heavenly Father, then there very nature will want to bring forth fruit in the likeness of God. 
 
James 3:10-12...Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. [11] Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? [12] Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.





MATTHEW 7:20


[20] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
If he acts like the devil, talks like the devil, looks like the devil and sounds like the devil, then he must be of the devil.
 
If he acts like Jesus, talks like Jesus, looks like Jesus and sounds like Jesus, then he must be of Jesus.
 

I John 2:15-17...Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [17] And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.




MATTHEW 7:21


[21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
The phrase Lord Lord, can also mean teacher teacher. 
 
The point that Jesus is attempting to make in this verse is that it is one thing to talk a good Christianity, and the quite another to live a good Christianity.
 
Jesus just now finished teaching about good and bad fruit.  And that by their fruits, or by their lifestyle you will know them.  You can only hide it for so long.  Eventually the real you will come out in your lifestyle and your mouth.  Meaning that Heaven is reserved for those who not only talk a good Christianity, but live a good Christianity by daily and consistently living the teachings of Jesus as presented in His perfect and inspired Word, the Bible.  And only a really and truly saved born again believer can live daily and consistently, the spiritual truths of the Bible. 





MATTHEW 7:22


[22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

In this verse, Jesus takes us to an event that is yet futuristic.  And that being, the GREAT WITH THRONE OF JUDGEMENT found in Revelation 20:11-15. 

Revelation 20:11-15... And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
 
Herein you will find and witness man's most horrible moment in history.  This is when Jesus judges the unsaved.  Those who were to proud to bend the knee or the heart to the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
 
Not only that, but it is my opinion, based on the wording Revelation chapter 21, that those of us who are saved and born again will be there to witness this judgment of the eternal damned.
 
It will be that as Jesus pronounces the eternal judgment upon the unsaved, that they will begin to complain and challenge the judgement of Jesus.  They will argue that they were pastors, deacons, Bible teachers, Sunday school workers, Church workers and various types and levels of
ministers. 
 
According to Revelation 20:15, this is when Jesus will refer to the Book of Life.  In the pages of this book are the names of persons who did bow the knee and the heart to the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ.  For the people who being judged at the Great White Throne of Judgment will not be found in this book.  Thus, sealing their final doom to the Lake of Fire with Satan, the Anti-Christ, the False Prophet and the fallen angels. 
 
Many of the people being consigned to the eternal flames of this fire, are what I call CRACK BABIES.  What are CRACK BABIES?  CRACK BABIES are those adults who grew up on Church and going to Church is all they have ever known.
 
Since infancy, they have been at Church for Sunday school, Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, youth events, revivals and conferences, Thursday night visitation and even Church lawn and clean up day.  If those Church doors are open, they are there.
 
Some of these CRACK BABIES have been/are Pastors, deacons, Church trustees, Bible College/Seminary Professors, faithful members and attendees of the Church.  Yet there is one great problems with them.  They have never been save. They are not saved now.  Despite their faithful positions and attendance, if they were to die right now, they would not go to Heaven.   So what happened?
 
Over the years, CRACK BABIES have been assumed right into hell.  Everyone just assumed that either the Sunday School teacher, the Pastor, someone who is a saved and born again influence in their life has led them to the Lord. 
 
HENCE, THESE CHILDREN BECOME ADULTS WHO HAVE FALLEN THROUGH THE CRACKS OF THE CHURCH SYSTEM.  THEY ARE CRACK BABIES!  THEY FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS! THEY ARE BEING ASSUMED RIGHT INTO HELL!  EVERYONE ELSE JUST ASSUMES THAT SOMEWHERE, SOME TIME, SOMEBODY ELSE LED THEM TO THE LORD!  WELL, WHEN IT COMES TO CRACK BABIES, THEY DID NOT!  IT NEVER HAPPENED!
 
And now today our Churches, our pulpits and our Church educational departments are being led by people who have never been born again.  And being led by people who really do truly think they are OK with God and they are not. And yet this human tragedy goes on day, after day, after day, and no one is catching it.  
 
Parents must never assume that someone in the Church led your child to Christ.  Do not assume.  Get up into your child's face and make sure.  Do not be afraid to ask the uncomfortable questions. Uncomfortable questions today, can avoid a horrible Lake of Fire tomorrow.
 
They are called CRACK BABIES.  These are the Church members who over the years fell through the cracks of the Church system.





MATTHEW 7:23


[23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Jesus is saying that He has never acknowledged the person and that He never will.  The only thing that Jesus will acknowledge is that there is no relation between Him and the eternal condemned.  And that there will be a relation between the two. 
 
I want you to notice that the works of righteousness and acts of holiness performed by those who are unsaved are considered by Christ as works of iniquity.
 
Isaiah 64:6...But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Ephesians 2:8-9...For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.




MATTHEW 7:24


[24] Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
The type of hearing in which Jesus is speaking of is a hearing that leads to action.  In John 3:16, the word believeth is an action word.  If you truly believe it, then you will take action.  This is the point in which Jesus is attempting to make. 
 
House, as used in this verse, is a pictorial of the life one has built.  Jesus says that a wise man will built his house/life on a rock.
 
James 1:22-25...But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
 

In Matthew 16, Peter tells Jesus that he and the disciples believes that he is the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Jesus responds by telling Peter that upon this rock, or upon the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus will build His Church.
 
What Jesus is speaking of, is that a house, or  human life, should be built on the rock.  And this rock of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
 
Matthew 16:13-18...When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? [14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. [15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? [16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. [17] And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. [18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.





MATTHEW 7:25


[25] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Jesus is using the example of weather and nature in order that he might achieve the summery in which He is attempting to complete.
 
The foul weather, the floods, the hurricanes, and the destruction, are all in summery of the trials, testings and temptations which the devil will through at all who are saved born again believers, on a quite regular basis. 
 
The house is indicative of our daily lives which we live.  And when the devil begins to beat upon our lives with the storms in which he can throw at us, we will survive.  We will survive because our lives are built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.  This solid rock is that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God.  We will survive when our lives and our eternities are built on the foundation of His deity.




MATTHEW 7:26


[26] And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
In this scenario Jesus gives us yet another analogy on building our lives.  Here the sand represents the world, the flesh and the devil.
It represents building your life on the lusts and sin of the unsaved world. 
 
Building your life on the sins and lusts of this world, is like a man who is going to attempt to build a shack of a house on the beach at low tide.  That will be fine until it is time for high tide. 
 
Jesus says that hearing His words and yet doing them not, is just like a man who would attempt to build such a house in wet shifting sand.   .





MATTHEW 7:27


[27] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Again, the house represents a pictorial of this man's life.  He built his life on the shifting and unstable  sands of the world, the flesh and the devil.  He built his life on the sands of sin.  And when the trials, testings and tribulations of life came along, unlike his predecessor in verses 24-25, who built his life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, this man's house fell to the ground and failed miserably. 
 
This man did not follow the instructions of Jesus Christ concerning building his life on Christ.  When one makes the conscious choice to disregard the instructions of Jesus, they have already doomed their life to failure and collapse. 





MATTHEW 7:28


[28] And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
Notice the people did not have to sit through yet more boring and shallow jokes, stories, illustrations, sob stories, cheap shots, or the latest news from the religious headquarters. Nor have to sit through yet another boring discourse as to what is going on in the political arena. 
 
Jesus was not a preacher/teacher that went on and on and on and on about Himself like the people had been used to from the religiosity at the Synagogue. 
 
Instead, Jesus taught sound Scriptural Doctrine/Theology.  He taught as someone who knew and understood what He was talking about.  The people, apparently, were not used to hearing such teaching and actually being spiritually fed.




MATTHEW 7:29


[29] For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
When Jesus would teach/preach, He would speak as someone who not only knew what they were talking about, but also, as someone who had His thoughts well organized and prepared for presentation. 
 
While speaking Jesus demonstrated courage and the fact that He knew wherein He stood.  Everything that Jesus said was always something well worth listening to. 
 
Jesus' hearers never left felling like this was time wasted.  And that feeling was a feeling that they never had with the scribes or the religiosity at the synagogue.