MATTHEW 7

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Matthew 7:1-5

JUDGING OTHERS

 

A SIMPLE CAUTION - Vss. 1-2

We should not judge others because we will be judged on the same basis that we judge others.

 

A SIMPLE CONDITION - Vss. 3-4

We tend to want to correct others without considering our own faults.

 

A SIMPLE CURE - Vs. 5

We are to deal with our own faults before we deal with the faults of others.

 

 

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Matthew 7:1-6

LOOKING FOR TROUBLE

 

It is very easy to pass judgment on others, and it is very easy to be wrong. In this passage we see an a common and much misunderstood problem in Christianity today. It is a problem that I call, "asking for, or looking for trouble".  When we practice the wrong kind of judgment we are inviting troubles into our own lives.

 

STANDARDS OF JUDGMENT - Vss. 1-2

 

Vs. 1 - People have read this verse and have come to the conclusion that they should not do any judging at all.  This is not what Jesus is saying. There are at least three specific times when we as Christians should do some judging.

 

1. We should be able to judge a false teacher when we see one. Matthew 7:15-20

2. We are to judge sin in the local church. 1 Corinthians 5

3. We are to judge disagreements between Christians. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

 

If there are occasions for us to judge, when should we not judge?

To judge here carries the idea of condemning another. This would also refer to a critical spirit.  Gossip is involved here. People are forever criticizing and evaluating others in a negative sense.

 

We are all too capable of criticizing a person's motives, methods and ministry (effectiveness of it).

 

Preachers who have national ministries seem to be favorite targets for unmerciful attacks.  I don't always agree with what these ministers say and/or do, but the judgmental pronouncements that I have seen and heard are often uncalled for.

 

How can we tell when we are being critical or judgmental? We can ask:

1. Am I sincerely grieved over sin, or am I speaking self-righteously?

2. Am I speaking about this person's fault because I am concerned about this person's spiritual well being? If not, I should keep my mouth shut. And even if I am concerned, maybe I should keep my shut anyway. Proverbs 11:13

3. Am I critical of this person because I want to make this person to look bad and me to look good?

4. Am I critical of this person because I am secretly jealous of his success or notoriety?

 

Vs. 2 - Notice that God promises judgment according to the same standards that we judge. I, for one, would rather have fair, equitable, and merciful judgment concerning myself. Wouldn't you?

 

I get the impression in this verse that God is saying, "When you criticize another for his failure, you will be tempted in the same area."

Have you ever criticized another for losing their temper, and then lost yours?

Have you ever criticized someone for being defensive, and then become defensive yourself?

Have you ever criticized another for being dishonest, and then been tempted to be dishonest yourself?

 

SEEING THE PROBLEM - Vss. 3-5

Does Jesus expect us to ignore the problems in another's life? The answer is "No!"

The Lord does want us to see the other person's problem clearly.

Most of us can spot the problems of others, so we think, without spotting our own problems.

 

Vss. 3-4 - A mote is a piece of sawdust or chaff. A beam is a log or wooden rafter.

 

I think of Jesus were speaking in our language today he might say, "Why are you finding fault with the splinter in your brother's eye, when there's a two by four in your eye?"

You can't see clearly to correct a brother of a sister when you yourself have greater problems.

 

Vs. 5 - When we feel motivated to criticize we should look at ourselves first, and confess whatever failures we have (1 John 1:5-10).  As we do that two things will happen. First, when I am right with the Lord, I will know whether I need to deal with the person's problem or not. Second, if I do go to that person with a criticism, I will do it with the right attitude. Galatians 6:1

 

SHARING THE TRUTH - Vs. 6

One of the things we should be doing as Christians is sharing. We should be sharing the gospel with the unsaved (1 Peter 3:15). We should be sharing what the Lord is doing in our lives with other believers (Hebrews 10:24-25).  And we should be sharing what God is teaching with others. (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

 

In this verse we are told to be discriminating as we share with others.

We are not required to share our testimony, or the Gospel, or blessings, or truths from God's Word with those who seek to mock, make fun, or ridicule Christianity. Indeed we are to share our "pearls" with those who will listen, but when someone is seeking to cause embarrassment for the Gospel, we are not obligated to share.

 

 

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CRITICS’ CORNER

 

THE STANDARD FOR CRITICS – Vss. 1-2

Judge not, that ye be not judged. [2] For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

 

THE SIGHT OF CRITICS – Vss. 3-4

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? [4] Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

 

THE SOLUTION FOR CRITICS – Vs. 5-6

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. [6] Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

 

 

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Matthew 7:1-12

THE DISCERNING CHRISTIAN

 

Christians need to be discerning.  They need to know when and when not to judge.  They need to know when to be silent.  Our text shows us Christians how to be discerning.

 

SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT – Vss. 1-6

1.     Know when not to judge. Vss. 1-5

The Scripture is clear that there are times to judge. Jesus did it and even commanded it in Vs. 6.

In Matthew 18:15-19 the church is to judge when a brother has been offended.

In 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 the Corinthians were criticized for not being able to judge between brethren.

In Galatians 6:1-2 the spiritual brother is to assist brothers who have faults, but he is to do it humbly without a judgmental attitude.

The type of judging Jesus is criticizing here is the judgment that evaluates another man’s ministry, finding fault.  It is the type of judgment that puts the judge in the place of God.  This is wrong.

Moreover verses 3-5 warn us that before we correct anyone else, we need to take the “beam” or plank out of our own eyes before we try to take a speck of dust or mote out of a brother’s eye.

 

2.     Know when to keep silent.  Vs. 6

When people mock spiritual things and are antagonistic to Christianity, we should know when to be silent, not giving that which is holy to dogs or casting our pearls before pigs.

 

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE – Vss. 7-11

We will have a terrible time obeying Vss. 1-6 unless we learn to pray.

As we pray, asking God for help by faith, we will find that God will give us the discernment we need to perform the special assignment.

 

SPECTACULAR ATTAINMENT – Vs. 12

As we are obedient to verses 1-6, having prayed for God’s special assistance, we will be obeying “The Golden Rule” stated here.  We will be treating others the way we want to be treated and thus fulfilling “the law and the prophets”.

 

 

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Matthew 7:7-11

OUR (NOT SO) SECRET WEAPON

 

When the Lord sent our family to the Village Bible Church in Fonda, New York, things were not good.  I was the third pastor in the church's brief 5-year history.  After we arrived, things did not get better, but got worse.  We came to a very low point in the church's history.

 

I spoke on prayer in the evening services.

We prayed in our evening services.

God heard and answered our prayers.

We asked the Lord for at least 10 new families, and God sent them.  The church came back to life, and still prospers today under a pastor that came right out of that congregation.

What was our secret weapon? The secret weapon that is really not so secret is that God answers prayer!

 

Our secret weapon involves:

 

PERSISTENT PRAYER - Vs. 7

God does answer emergency prayers.

One year a church I pastored rented a camp for a winter youth retreat.

We had a key for the lock on the door. Unfortunately, the door itself was also locked, and that key we did not have. We prayed.

Have heard the expression, "When God closes a door, He leaves a window open?"  In this case, this literally happened.  There was an unlocked window. Someone crawled in the window and was able to unlock the door from the inside. That was the immediate answer to an emergency prayer.

 

There are other prayers we pray that do not receive an answer right away.

Often all we do is pray once for a request and forget that we even prayed.

The meaning of the words of verse 7 in the original Greek carry the idea of persistent prayer.

We are to keep on asking, keep on seeking and keep on knocking. Mark 11:22-24, Luke 11:5-8

 

PROPER PETITIONS - Vss. 7-8

There are three types of requests or petitions mentioned here.

 

Asking - We are to ask for things that are God's will. John 15:16, 1 John 5:14-15

               We are to ask about everything that bothers us. Philippians 4:6

 

Seeking - When we pray, we do not always know the will of God.  At these times we must 

                 seek God's will in prayer. James 1:5-8

 

Knocking - Sometimes we are knocking on what appear to be closed doors!  Only God can

                   open that door in order for us to have victory.  We must ask Him to open those

                   doors.

 

PARENTAL PROMISE - Vss. 9-11

Just as we take care of the needs of our children, God will take care of the needs of His children as they ask.

 

 

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Matthew 7:7-11

ABOUT PRAYER

 

A CONTINUAL PROCESS.Vs. 7

  We are to keep on asking, seeking, knocking.

 

A COMFORTING PROMISE Vs. 8

 

A COMPASSIONATE PARENT  Vss. 9-11

 

 

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Matthew 7:7-11

PRAY!

 

THE STEPS OF PRAYER - Vs. 7

Ask

Seek

Knock

 

THE SUPPLY THROUGH PRAYER - Vs. 8

The one who asks receives.

The one who seeks finds.

The one who knocks receives an open door.

 

THE SUCCESS OF PRAYER - Vss. 9-11

The success of prayer is guaranteed by a loving, caring Heavenly Father who delights to answer our prayers more than we delight to answer our children's requests for food.

 

 

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Matthew 7:7-11

SIMPLE PRAYER

 

A SIMPLE PROCEDURE - Vs. 7

Ask

Seek

Knock

 

A SIMPLE PROMISE - Vs. 8

Those who ask receive.

Those who seek find.

Those who knock have doors opened.

 

A SIMPLE PRINCIPLE - Vss. 9-11

We, being sinners, know how to answer our children's reasonable requests.

How much more does our Heavenly Father know how to answer our requests.

 

 

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Matthew 7:13-14

FACING REALITY

 

"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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

 

There are times in our lives when we have to face reality.

A football team, losing 41-0 in the fourth quarter of the game must face the reality that they are going to lose.

A family sitting by the bedside of a dying relative has to face the reality that the person is not going to get better.

A young couple, newly married, has to face the reality that life is different now that they are married.

 

People need to face reality concerning eternal life.

 

THERE ARE TWO GATES

1. There is a wide gate. The wide gate implies room to get through. You can come anyway you want, bring in whatever you want, and bring whoever you want.

 

The "wide gate" which many think of as the gate to salvation includes earning one's way to Heaven, keeping the ten commandments, following a cult, being a member of a non-Christian religion, and a host of other ways of getting in to Heaven. As we'll see later, the wide gate leads to destruction, not heaven.

 

2. There is a (strait) narrow gate. The narrow gate is just that. There is only room for us to go through. We must leave behind all other ways of getting to Heaven but one! That one way, that narrow gate is a person. It is the Lord Jesus Christ. We must put our explicit trust in Him for eternal life. John 14:6, John 10:9, Acts 4:12

 

THERE ARE TWO WAYS

1. There is the broad way. The wide gate leads to a broad way, or a super highway of lifestyle. When taking the broad way people can live however they care to live.

 

2.  There is the narrow way. The narrow gate leads to a narrow way of living.  The person who is saved through faith in Christ is a changed person (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Becoming a Christian cost him nothing, but living the Christian life will cost him everything (James 1:2-4, Romans 12:1, Luke 9:23, Galatians 2:20).

 

THERE ARE TWO DESTINATIONS

1. The wide gate and the broad way lead to destruction. Revelation 20:11-15

2. The narrow gate and the narrow way lead to eternal life. John 3:16

 

THERE ARE TWO GROUPS

1. There is the group that does not find the narrow way. There will be many.

2. There is the group that does find the narrow way. They will be few in number.

 

Matthew 7:21 - "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."

 

 

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Matthew 7:13-23

BE RIGHT!

 

There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you've done what is right!  You might want to give some examples of people who have done what was right, no matter what the cost.

 

In this passage, Jesus challenges us to do some right things!

 

ENTER THE RIGHT GATE Vss. 13-14

EXAMINE FOR RIGHT FRUIT Vss. 15-20

EXPECT THE RIGHT JUDGMENT Vss. 21-23

 

 

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Matthew 7:16-27

CONSIDERATIONS

 

CONSIDER THE FRUIT – Vss. 16-20

CONSIDER FAITHFULNESS – Vss. 21-23

CONSIDER THE FOUNDATION – Vss. 24-27

 

 

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Matthew 7:21-27

PROFESSOR OR POSSESSOR

 

A professor of faith claims to know the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is only words.

A possessor of faith claims to know the Lord Jesus Christ, and obeys His teachings.

 

A DEFINITE PROBLEM – Vss. 21-22 – Not all professors of faith are possessors of faith.

A DAMNING PROCLAMATION – Vs. 23 – There will be many professors of faith who

A DEFINING PRINCIPLE – Vss. 24-27 – A true possessor of saving faith does what Jesus taught. A professor of faith does not do what Jesus taught.

 

Are you are professor of faith or a possessor of faith?

 

 

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Matthew 7:21-27

ADVICE TO HEED

 

Jesus is concluding the Sermon on the Mount.

He gives us some sobering advice that we must heed.

 

A SCARY WARNING - Vss. 21-23

Not everyone that calls Jesus Lord is going to Heaven! Vs. 21

Those who would enter Heaven must do the will of the Father. Vs. 21

The primary thing a person must do is to place his faith in the Son of God for salvation. Acts 4:12, John 3:36

There will be those who will claim to have done great things in the name of Jesus, but will be rejected. Vss. 22-23

 

A SECURE FOUNDATION - Vss. 24-25

The person who hears Jesus' words and does them in the one whom is building on a foundation that will keep him through any trial or judgment.

 

A SHAKY FOUNDATION - Vss. 26-27

The person who hears Jesus words and does not do them is building on a foundation that will wash away during trials and judgment.

 

 

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