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Part 15: Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 7:13-23
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Matthew 7:13-23 (NIV)
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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. True and False Disciples
“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. Many 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?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 

The Warnings
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The Warnings:

1. Two GATES
2. Two TREES
3. Two DOERS
4. Two HOUSES

Matthew 7:13-14
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Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. True and False Prophets

John 14:6
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John 14:6 (NIV)
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Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Genesis 1:1
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Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Two Gates
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Wide Gate = DESTRUCTION
Narrow Gate = LIFE

Gate & Road
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.‘Gate’ = An EVANGELICAL decision
‘Road’ = An ETHICAL endurance

Jesus' Way
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Though Jesus’ way is narrow and rough, paradoxically, his way is also broader (‘love your enemies,’ 5:44)) and easier (‘my yoke is easy,’ 11:30) than the world’s way because of Jesus’s company (‘And surely I am with you always,’ 28:20)   (F. Dale Bruner)

Matthew 7:15-20
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Matthew 7:15-20 (NIV)
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“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 

Greatest danger facing disciples
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The greatest danger facing disciples is not persecution
but FALSE PROPHETS who lure disciples to an EASY ROAD

Acts 17:10-12
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Acts 17:10-12 (NIV)
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As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
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1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NIV)
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Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

How to spot Falseness
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1. Doctrinal Test: Faith in Jesus alone
2. Ethical Test: Obedience to the Commands of Jesus

Tertullian Quote
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You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline [meaning: discipleship] is an index to doctrine. They say (for example) that God is not to be `feared: So everything is free to them and unrestrained. But where is God not feared except where he is not present? Where God is not present, there is no truth either; and where there is no truth [i.e., right doctrine], discipline [i.e., discipleship] like theirs is natural.
(Tertullian)

Matthew 7:21-23
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Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)
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“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. Many 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?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 

Knew, Know or Recognize
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Knew (v.23)
(Gk.) ginosko, γινώσκω
to come to know, have knowledge of, understand, become acquainted with

Know or Recognize (v.16)
(Gk.) epiginosko, ἐπιγινώσκω
to know accurately, thoroughly, well

Obedience
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‘Great Christians’ aren’t FLASHY;
they’re simply OBEDIENT

 

 
 
 
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