|Matthew 7:13-27 |
13 Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,6 and there are many who go in that way.
14 Because narrow is the gate and compressed is the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it.7 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Few will be saved because of their love of life." He who loves his life shall lose it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal. John 12:25]
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.8 [ — self-appointed ministers posing as authorized by Christ who solicit your money and Lord it over you. Christendom's ministers are the false prophets Jesus warns about. Deceiving billions, they promise heaven to anyone who believes, ignoring salvation's stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions. When you see how Christendom is nothing but Babylon, you will be both sad and angry: Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination, 'Hear the word of the LORD,' Because they have seduced my people saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace... you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not return from his wicked way, by (falsely) promising him life. Eze 13:2,10,22.]
16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
17 Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. ["Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit." Mat 12:33. From the Word of the Lord within: "A tree that is holy is a good one."]
19 Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.
21 Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.9 [To do the will of God, you must stop fulfilling your own desires; you cannot do the things you wish. To know the will of the Father, you must hear Him teach you with commands tailored to your life's circumstances. To hear Him you must wait in humble silence while listening and watching; then you must obey what He commands you to do. The first commands you hear will require your repentance. That is the beginning of doing His will. You must progress until you are totally led by Him: only thinking the thoughts He provides, only speaking the words He tells you to speak, and only doing what He commands; then your words and deeds show the love of God to the world and bring glory to God.]
22 Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works?' [You can call Him Lord; you can call Him Master; but so did Judas. Calling Jesus Lord does not make Him your Lord. He is your Lord only if He has freed you from all sin, if he has destroyed your carnal mind, if He has purified you, and if He supplies all your words to speak, all your thoughts, and all your actions to be done. If you are still sinning, you are a slave to sin, John 8:34; and if you are sinning, Jesus cannot be your Lord because you cannot serve two masters. Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. Because they are still sinning when they die, Jesus will reject many people who think they are Christians and call him Lord; including even those who had prophesied, cast out demons, and performed many wonderful works in his name. Of course Jesus knows everyone, everywhere, including the fact that these people were still sinning when they died; his denial is a denial of knowing them and a denial of any part in their prophesying, casting out demons, and wonderful works, which they claimed to be done "in his name." To be in his name, a person has to be free of sin, in union with Him, and sitting in heaven with Him; they were not, as he plainly states below.]
23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who work iniquity'10 [sin, lawlessness, or wickedness]. [Unless cleansed by the Lord's Spirit that destroys sin within man, every man's heart starts filled with evil, filled with sin, defiled, and disqualified for heaven. All defiled men are banned from heaven. This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Mark 7:6. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within a man and defile him. Mark 7:21-23. And in no way shall there enter into it [heaven] anything that is defiled...Rev 21:27. The Lord is warning those who think they are Christians and still sin: 1) he doesn't know you, and 2) he will cast you into outer darkness, banned from heaven at judgment. The Lord only knows those who hear his voice and follow him. John 10:27. To follow Him is to obey what you hear Him command you to do; to hear, you must sit, think on his name, and then wait in humble silence while listening and watching. From the word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. No man is promoted or excused that repeats sin. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. All men are without excuse; if I were silent, they would have an excuse. All men have heard the call to repent. People must stand the price for their very brazen behavior." Those anonymous calls all men have heard to turn from evil, which if ignored, will be their judge, John 12:47-48; at their death every word will be played back, heard, and remembered to their great shame and sorrow.]
24 Therefore whoever hears [not reads] these sayings of mine, and does [obeys] them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. [Reading the Bible is not hearing the Lord speak to you by His Spirit. You must patiently and persistently wait on the Lord to speak to you, as you listen for His sayings, watch for His revelations, and then obey them. The words you hear that He speaks to you imparts the life of God to you: It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63.]
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall because it was built upon a rock.
26 And everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do [obey] them, shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
27 The rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell. And great was the fall [destruction] of it."11
11 Jesus concludes the greatest sermon ever preached with a critical warning! Do not disregard his teachings! You must obey them all to be saved. If you fail to obey, great will be your ruin and destruction. Only those who do the will of the Father enter the Kingdom of heaven. Mat 7:21. Jesus said he only did as he was commanded, not his will; Jesus only did the will of the Father. The will of the Father is obedience to his commands. You must wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey to ever be able to do the will of the Father instead of your own will.
To confess (say) Jesus is Lord is not enough. Jesus said he would reject many who claim to be saved Christians; many who called him Lord, who had prophesied, and even performed miracles in his name. So here are people who call Jesus Lord and do miracles in his name. They claim he is their Lord and think they are in Christ. But he told them he never knew them because they had never come to him to learn and be changed by him directly; instead they read the Bible, and listened to their blind-guide preacher. Yet he warns us: You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. John 5:39-40. See Jesus Wants to Teach You Himself for more on this failing. Confess means to acknowledge that Jesus is in control of your mind, mouth, and actions; you confess him as your Lord in thought, word, and deed. In many verses below Paul shows that believing Jesus to be Lord or God is not salvation, writing to churches of believers:
And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey and requires growth :