Matthew chapter 7

Do not judge others. Pray effectively. Enter through the Narrow Gate. Beware of false prophets. Be a true disciple. Build on the Rock Foundation. [UPDATED]

 


 

DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS

 

VERSE 1. “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.

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Don’t judge. Christians are so accustomed to judging other people that it is very difficult for them to stop, much less recognize that they have a problem. Judging is non-stop in the news media. News commentators rage out at people who sees things differently than they do.

 

VERSE 2. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.

 

VERSE 3. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye?

the beam that is in your own eye. We should not condemn others for a speck of sawdust in their eye when we has a plank in our own eye. That is hypocritical.

 

VERSE 4. Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and behold, the beam is in your own eye?

 

VERSE 5. You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.

remove the speck out of your brother’s eye. If we must make a judgment, we must first be certain of our own lives.

 

VERSE 6. “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

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throw your pearls before the pigs. Do not entrust holy things (what is sacred) to unholy people.

Proverbs 9:7. He who corrects an arrogant man earns insult; and he who reproves a wicked man incurs opprobrium. (NAB translation)

Sirach 8:3. Contend not with a man that is full of tongue, And heap not wood upon his fire.

Sirach 27:12. Among men void of understanding observe the opportunity; But stay continually among the thoughtful.

Matthew 7:6. Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

 

PRAY EFFECTIVELY

 

VERSE 7. “Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.

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Ask, and it will be given you. We are to commanded to ask for things of God:

Proverbs 1:28. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;

Proverbs 8:17. I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.

Wisdom 7:7. For this cause I prayed, and understanding was given to me. I asked a spirit of wisdom came to me.

Isaiah 7:13. He said, “Listen now, house of David. Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God also?

James 4:2-3. You lust, and don’t have. You murder and covet, and can’t obtain. You fight and make war. You don’t have, because you don’t ask. 3 You ask, and don’t receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

 

VERSE 8. For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

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VERSE 9. Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?

 

VERSE 10. Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent?

 

VERSE 11. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

your Father who is in heaven give good things. Our Father in heaven delights in giving good gifts to those who persist in prayer. The greatest gift of all is the Holy Spirit. Read more »

 

LIVE BY THE GOLDEN RULE

 

VERSE 12. Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

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ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE

 

VERSE 13. “Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it.

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the narrow gate. That is, the commands of Jesus Christ.

wide … and broad is the way that leads to destruction. That is, the practices of the Pharisees. They emphasized external requirements instead of internal transformation.

 

VERSE 14. How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.

In the Philokalia, St. Isaiah the Solitary refers to this verse.

 

BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

 

VERSE 15. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

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Jeremiah 28:9. The prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet happens, then the prophet will be known, that the LORD has truly sent him.”

 

VERSE 16. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

1 John 3:7. Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Jeremiah 28:9. The prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet happens, then the prophet will be known, that the LORD has truly sent him.”

 

VERSE 17. Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit.

every good tree. That is, every person who lives according to the commands of Jesus Christ.

the corrupt tree. That is, the Pharisees.

1 John 3:7. Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

 

VERSE 18. A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.

 

VERSE 19. Every tree that doesn’t grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire.

 

VERSE 20. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Proverbs 20:11. Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.

 

BE A TRUE DISCIPLE

 

VERSE 21. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

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he who does the will of my Father. Is our eternal salvation based on the degree of our obedience?

Matthew 25:11. Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’

 

VERSE 22. Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’

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Lord, Lord. The Greek word is Κύριε (“Kyrie”). It means lord, master, sir. In the Medieval era, people addressed their king as “lord.” It does not indicate divinity.

Many will tell me. Now the Lord shifts his attention to those in positions of Christian leadership. He addresses the situation of “many” in Christian leadership.

didn’t we prophesy in your name. In our day, we often view preachers as the ultimate example of living the Christian life. However, there is no correlation between being a preacher and whether you are saved or not.

in your name cast out demons. In our day, we often think that to be capable of casting out demons, the exorcist needs a close living relationship with Jesus Christ. However, there is no correlation between being casting out demons and whether you are saved or not.

in your name do many mighty works. Miracle-workers are often viewed as the greatest examples of being saved. However, there is no correlation between doing miracles and whether you are saved or not.

 

VERSE 23. Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’

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I never knew you. Depart from me. At the Final Judgment, these luminaries of the Christian movement will be refused admittance into heaven.

 

BUILD ON THE ROCK FOUNDATION

 

VERSE 24. “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.

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a wise man, who built his house on a rock. Jesus Christ is the Rock Foundation. Are you building your life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ? Read more »

 

VERSE 25. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock.

 

VERSE 26. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.

the sand. That is, the teachings of the Pharisees.

 

VERSE 27. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

 

VERSE 28. When Jesus had finished saying these things, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching,

 

VERSE 29. for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes.

 


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