My wife and I have attended a Wednesday night bible teaching at church a couple of times over the last few weeks and the teacher has been teaching on the sermon on the mount. Tonight was the last session and he spoke on Matthew 7:15-29.
True and False Prophets
15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
A couple of thing struck me about these verses. The first was about false prophets. He mentioned, which I agree with, as a culture we tend to gravitate towards celebrity style preaching and teaching, things and people that are grand and awesome. The prophets spoken about in these verses would come preaching what appears attractive and true but would not align with the Word of God. If we hold fast to the Truth we should be able to recognize them by what they produce. At times we can do good things, this that we say are in Jesus’s name, but if they are not for God’s glory, they’re not good in God’s eyes.
The second thing that struck me was in verses 21 – 23. We may call on Jesus as our Lord, but not all of us will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The ones who do enter the Kingdom of Heaven are the ones who build their house on the solid foundation of Jesus, the Rock, and does what His Word says, not just read it. See, the thing about verses 24-27 is that the rains and winds and rising streams come around with both houses, the one built on the sand and the one built on the rock. In life we are going to face storms, there’s no way around it. We’re going to face things that test our faith. We’re going to face circumstances that cause us to question God’s presence in those circumstances.
My prayer is that I hope I am not one of the false prophets. As I said in my first blog that I don’t want these to be my words but to be God’s words through me, that these words would not be about me and what I think but only point to Jesus. I want to known and noticed by God and to be His good and faithful servant. My prayer is also that I am the one who builds my house on the rock, that when the winds beat on me, when the rivers rise and try to sweep me away, that my Lord and Savior Jesus will hold me up when my feet and my strength would fail.
So who are you? Are you the true or false prophet? Are you the wise or foolish builder?