Matt. 7: Sermon on the Mount, Part 4
Jesus Continues Teaching His Disciples
In today’s lesson, we complete our study of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus came not only to confirm the Old Testament Law, but to elevate it to an even higher level. And today today we look at how the Christian is to relate to others, particularly those antagonistic to the faith, including false teachers. Bottom line up front: Prayer gives us the discernment we need when trying to live right while dealing with those who don’t.
Relationship of One Child of the King to Others
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:1-2)As Christians, we need to exercise good judgment, but not so as to judge others harshly. After all, we don’t know the reasons people are the way they are and do the things they do. You may have a fine pedigree, having grown up in comfortable circumstances in an educated, well-to-do family. You attended the better schools, had tutors and coaches to help you with schoolwork, music lessons, sports, and life in general. Will you judge harshly the person from a troubled family in a bad neighborhood? How far would you have gone in life without the benefits of your upbringing. Christ thus warns us not to be rash in our judgments, lest He and others judge us harshly.
Two Ways, Two Foundations
You have most likely heard the saying, “All roads lead to Rome.” As an engineer, I have been most impressed to read about the spectacular feats of engineering performed by the Romans around the time of Christ. Considering that they did not have the construction machinery nor the construction materials that we have today, their accomplishments are even more remarkable. I have been to Italy and Greece and seen many of the ancient ruins, some of which are not that ruined, even 2,000+ years later – remarkable accomplishments. But while many great roads led to (and still lead to) Rome, not all do. And not all roads lead to heaven. I have been lost in Italy, even using a map. And without God’s roadmap to eternity, your soul could be lost. Study His Word to ensure you are taking the correct road to heaven.
Not a Judge, but a Fruit Inspector
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 HCSB)Rather than harshly judging a persons character and motives, we are to look at the fruits they produce. False teachers, whose doctrine does not square with the Scriptures, stand guilty before God for turning people away from the truth. We are to turn away from them and warn others. We should also keep our distance from those who practice sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits… (Matthew 7:15-16)False teachers and those living in sin are building their lives on a foundation of sand. When the tsunami’s of life eventually come their way, their destruction is inevitible. But the godly build their lives on the solid rock of God’s truth, and will withstand the coming judgment. What is the foundation of your life? Are you living by the standard of perfection of the Sermon on the Mount in the power of God’s Holy Spirit? Or are you a Christian hypocrite trying to lead a double life? Or worst of all, have you rejected God’s ways to continue in a life of sin and death? Which way will you choose?
[pullquote_center width=”85%”]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. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Get Plugged Into God’s Plan Today
If you are uncertain of your standing with God, then go to Him right now to start your eternal relationship with Him. His free gift of eternal life and sanctification in Christ is there for the asking. Once you have taken that first step of salvation, our study in Matthew will get you well on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with the Almighty God who is seeking your friendship. He will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13) and help you become and do all He has in store for you.
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