- Matthew 7:11-15
- Mat 7:11 (KJB)
- 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?
- When Jesus tells these people that they are evil, He is not making a
railing accusation against them but is making a comparison between the
sinful state of fallen man and the pure holiness of God. Even those who are
sinful parents have a desire to give good things to their children and to
take care of them. If earthly parents, who have many foibles, are willing to
do good for their children, then how much more does the Heavenly Father want
to do good for His children. He is perfect and knows exactly what our needs
are and therefore does everything perfectly and for our good, even though
sometimes we may not understand His ways. Nevertheless, when we come to God
and seek Him, He does not turn away or seek to do us harm as the Lord Jesus
Christ just pointed out.
- Mat 7:12 (KJB)
- 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 called the Golden Rule and it is the summation of all the
teachings which the Lord gave in the last two chapters. It is the sum of the
law and the prophets. The guideline for understanding this verse is to place
ourselves in the position the person is whom we are dealing with. Would we
want to be treated in the same way we are treating them? (James
2:8 KJV) If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: James sums
it up and calls it “the” Royal Law, not “a” royal law. This is a verse to
ponder when doing evangelism, whether we are doing it ourselves or sending
the Gospel forth by ministry or missionary. If I was unsaved and someone
knew what my future was beyond death and they did not tell or warn me, how
would I feel about that? We as Christians know the future of both Christians
and the unsaved and it if is in our power to bring the Gospel to them, then
we should place ourselves in their position and realize they are one
heartbeat away from eternal damnation. Wouldn’t you want somebody to tell
you the Gospel? Do unto others as you would have them do to you and that is
in all areas of life. The highest form of love is to tell someone that they
can live forever in eternal bliss in Heaven instead of eternal damnation. We
go and tell, but God is the one who does the saving so we just need to be
prepared to go.
- Mat 7:13 (KJB)
- 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:
- Strait - The word comes from the French word “estreit” which means
narrow. “Estreit” comes from the Latin word “strictus.” To be strait is to
be “narrow, tight, strict, or close.”
- (John 1:1 NWT) In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was a god. John 1:1 is from the New
World Translation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and if you notice how they view
the Lord Jesus Christ. They refer to Him as “a” god. The way it should be
translated is: (John 1:1 KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus
was God manifest in the flesh. The Jehovah’s Witness Bible like many false
religions around the world see the Lord Jesus Christ as just one way to
attain Heaven. The words “enter in” in the Greek are in the Imperative Mood
making them a command. The broad way leads to destruction because it always
bypasses the Lord Jesus Christ and the cross. In every other world religion,
salvation always comes by the works and will of man. Hinduism makes you do
yoga and meditation and devotion to one of the thousands of Hindu gods.
Buddhism makes you follow an 8-fold path. In Islam your good deeds are
weighed against your bad deeds, or you must die fighting against the
Infidels. If you investigated all the world’s religion including Roman
Catholicism and apostate Protestantism, you will find that it is all by
works. Knowing that salvation in Christianity is only through Christ and
that all world religions require works gives us good insight into the narrow
way and the broad way. (John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am
the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Three times in John 14:6, the word “the” is used to denote that Jesus is the
only way and not “a” way.
- Mat 7:14 (KJB)
- Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
- Jesus makes a tremendous comparison between the strait gate and the
broad way. The strait gate is the Lord Jesus Christ and when we receive
salvation through Him, it leads to eternal life. We begin living eternal
life the moment we are saved because our souls have been resurrected unto
eternal life. (Rom 6:4 KJV) Therefore we are buried with him by
baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the
glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
When people are told that the only way of salvation is through the Lord
Jesus Christ and then are told His requirements, they are turned off.
(Mat 16:24 KJV) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
No one wants to deny themselves or even die to self because that removes the
glory from the person. The Pharisees and Sadducees enjoyed the limelight and
they were not going to give that up and die to self. The same way all
self-serving men are. This why there are many who name the name of Christ
but in their works they deny Him. (Titus 1:16 KJV) They profess
that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and
disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Titus 1:16 describes the majority of churches around the world because they
serve Satan and the desires of men.
- Mat 7:15 (KJB)
- Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.
- Ravening - Robber, thief, swindler, and preying
- There are two types of false prophets which we must be on the lookout
for. Notice they come to you in sheep’s clothing. The first type is the one
who sits next to you in the pews and brings to you all kinds of spurious
teaching that they have learned either through the television or radio, or
have been studying. When I was a young Christian back in the summer of 1981,
I was attending a Bible Conference and a person approached me with the
Urantia Book which was first published in 1955. The name “Urantia” is
another name for planet earth. It is supposed to reveal the mysteries of
God, Jesus, the universe, world history, and ourselves. It is a totally New
Age Book. Now the man that approached me with it was not a minister or he
did not have a suit but he was on the grounds as one who was attending the
- The second type of false prophet you need to look out for is the one who
is a teacher or preacher. Notice in the verse Jesus states that they “come
to you.” This means, just as the man did above, they will come to you by
means of in person visits like the Mormon missionaries or the Jehovah’s
Witnesses. They will come to you in your car by means of radio or into your
home by means of TV. This is why Jesus commands His people to “beware” of
these false prophets. One of the subtleties of the false prophet is that
they look legitimate and that is what makes them dangerous because you think
they are a true Christian. This is why it is imperative that we know the
Scriptures so we can spot them immediately.