Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week Pastor Greg covers Matthew 7:21-24a. Jesus warns us that not everyone who calls Him Lord on Judgment Day will be saved but only those of us who actually DO the work of His Father.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23
The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart. Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? ~ Luke 6:45-46
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. ~ Matthew 5:17-18
So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will [what?] never enter the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:19-20
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 7:21
… How can we who died to sin still live in it? ~ Romans 6:2b
Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith. ~ Galatians 6:7-10
Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as He does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams. ~ 1 Samuel 15:22
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them … ~ Matthew 7:24a
“to hear” but usually carries with it the idea of hearing WITH comprehension.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. ~ Romans 10:17
He who has ears to hear, let him hear. ~ Matthew 11:15
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine AND acts on them … ~ Matthew 7:24a