Matthew, Chapter 7

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Matthew 7

(7:1) "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
To judge or not to judge
What must you do to be saved?

(7:3-4) Avoid hypocrisy. Consider your own faults rather than criticizing others.

(7:3) "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

(7:4) "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?"

(7:6) "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." Jehovah's Witnesses are told that it is OK to be hide the truth when speaking to those who are not entitled to it (all nonJWs). They call this the Theocratic Warfare Stategy. This verse is used to justify their deceit.

(7:7-8) "Ask, and it shall be given you ... For every one that asketh receiveth." Mark Twain said there are "upwards of a thousand lies" in the Bible. This is probably the biggest. How many desperate, frightened, broken-hearted parents have watched their children die while begging God to help?

(7:7-8) "Seek, and ye shall find ... he that seeketh findeth."
Can God be found?
What must you do to be saved?

(7:12a) "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."
How should nonbelievers be treated?

(7:12b) "This is the law and the prophets." If, as Jesus said, the golden rule summarizes the Old Testament's law and prophets, then why are these passages found in it?

(7:13-14)
Jesus says that most people will go to hell. He seems to be OK with that.

(7:13) "Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat."

(7:14) "Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

(7:15) "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

(7:19) "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Those who fail to bear "good fruit" will be "hewn down, and cast into the fire."

(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." According to Jesus, calling on his name is not enough to get you into heaven. Both Peter and Paul disagree saying, "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13).
Will those who call on the Lord be delivered?
Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus?
What must you do to be saved?

(7:22-23) "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Many people who used to cast out devils in Jesus' name are now in hell!
Is casting out devils a sign of a true Christian?

7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
7:4 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?
7:5 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.
7:6 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.
7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
7:11 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?
7:12 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.
7:13 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:
7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
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.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

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Matthew 7:1 - Judgment and Non-Judgment
Matthew 7:6 - Pearls Before Swine
Matthew 7:7 - Ask And It Shall Be Given
Matthew 7:7-8 - Seek the Lord When He May Be Found
Matthew 7:21 - Calling On The Name Of The Lord

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