Reuel - Corrections for Matthew 7 (Relationships and Attitudes)

It was difficult to find a main subject for this chapter.

 

7:1, "Judge not that ye be not judged"... very straight forward, but obvious that most people don't understand this too well.. It does not say "Judge when...” or  “Judge sometimes...”  Judgement understood correctly, is when a court of law has listened to all the witnesses and gives an unbiased decision. We usually make a judgement without hearing everything. But here Jesus says we have no permission to condemn another. But do you see the promise? … That ye be NOT judged! Yes, there is a promise in these very words. How many of us would like to avoid Judgement day?


Romans 2:1-3, "Therefore thou art inexcusable, 0 man, whosoever thou art that judgest, for wherein thou judgest another thou condemnest thyself, for thou that judgest doest the same thing."  But we are sure that the judgement of God is according to the Truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shaft escape the Judgement of God?


Here's another verse. Romans 8:1 (a promise), "There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." The spirit of condemnation is from the devil, it is the spirit of accusation that He carries. It was the spirit that the Pharisees carried with them, that's why Jesus told them that their father was the devil. They were covering their own sin, but uncovering everyone else's to take the attention off themselves. So the Spirit teaches us not to condemn, it teaches us to love. We all have to turn the light of Jesus into our lives and clear out that which defiles our own hearts.

 

Verse 3, "Why beholdest thou the mote in thy brother’s eye....?"  Yes, we turn a blind eye to our own sin, or we think my sin is not as bad as yours

 

 Verse 4, "Or how will thou say to thy brother, 'Let me pull out the mote out of shine eye: and behold the beam is in thy own eye? … Thou hypocrite,... first cast out the beam out thine own eye...'"  Very straight words, yes, we hear these words sometimes, but since we walk in Gods way, we seem to feel maybe a little superior to those who don't, and get to condemn people for not having the understanding we have. Maybe that's why they won’t come to meetings, because of that attitude they see in us. We are a fortunate people, but we should always remain humble and thankful for Jesus that made it possible for us to be part of this royal family and freely share the most desirable inheritance with us. Once we have an opinion about someone that is negative, we seem to avoid them more and more, and find ourselves out of fellowship... and it all started with Matthew 7:1-5.  Yes friends, when we look around we see things are not going right, sometimes even amongst God’s own people, but here’s a verse to consider 2 Peter 22, "And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of  whom the way of Truth shall be evil spoken of."  Are we deceived by these people who are speaking evil about the Truth and those who walk therein… Yes, we should be concerned… But are we doing everything God is asking us?

 

Sharing Bread

Verse 6, "Give not that which is holy unto dogs, neither cast ye your pearls to the swine...."  We are not in fellowship with the world and their thinking, and we don't share with them the bread of life. We share it with one another. Sometimes there are people who ask questions and because we do not hide our lights, we can share a little of our testimonies with people... that conversation might be their first or last Gospel meeting they might have... Jesus could talk all he wanted to the Pharisees; instead, they just despised Him. We are not non-denominational; we are a royal family and priesthood. Jesus brought a high standard, it is higher than the Old Law, and does not matter how much we disagree or ignore these verses, but they are very serious. Sometimes people broaden the Way of Truth, thinking that anyone they pity will go to heaven, but in Jesus' words, He said that the Way is narrow and few there be that enter therein.  (Few.)

 

Communication with our Father

Verses 7-10, "Ask, Knock, Seek," and these are promises we will get, but often, we don't ask God our Father, we don’t trust Him to take charge, or to give....; see also James 1:5-6  Where are we seeking? At the bank? Friends? What are we seeking? Materialistic things, for others to change? Why are we seeking? For our own benefit or the Kingdoms? If we turn back to Matthew 6 and look at the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples, we see that seeking the Kingdom of heaven FIRST and its righteousness, seeking His will to be done, seeking for His name and life to be glorified in ours.

 

Verse 11, "If ye then being evil (which we all have been guilty of), 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 of Him."  Are we patient with God? Do we ask and then give up asking? Are we limiting Him to our limited thinking? Our Father can see by our patience with Him and one another if we say, "I trust you my Father" or “I don't trust you, I will do it myself."  In this verse there is a promise that our Father WANTS to give us good gifts... But we need to desire the GOOD gifts, not our own desires. Sometimes the gifts that we get from our Father are a blessing in disguise, in other words, He would like to work into us the GOOD GIFTS of the spirit, patience, love longsuffering, kindness… these are the things we should be asking for... and  all these things shall be added unto you.

 

Verse 12, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." So simple. Yet, not understood. A few months ago, a lady was speaking her mind out about one of the friends. I came into the conversation and listened to all this. When she asked me what I had to say, I replied,  "Nothing, because if that's how you talk about this man behind his back, what do you say about me when I am not around?" A few weeks later, I heard this lady was very very upset, why? Because someone was telling a story about herself that she didn't like! Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

 

 

Verse13-14, "Enter into the strait gate.. very simple, a narrow door into the kingdom of heaven." People want to broaden the way of Truth to accommodate the desires of their flesh. And the mistake they make is they teach one another it's OK, by saying you have a boring life if you don't accommodate worldly desires, but worst of all, filling up the precious time with a hundred other things and ignoring the need of the Kingdom.. Paths of usefulness surround you.

 

Verse15-20, "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing..." So easily we become deceived by the approach of people and begin to think them wonderful and soon we are listening to them and turning to find fault with the struggling souls who have taken up their crosses. In the Epistle of John, it warns us not to invite these other faiths into our home, because of their deceitfulness. Jesus says you will know them by their fruits, not their words. The world is full of smiling salesmen today, and these people are good with words. But the intention is to rob you of what you have. Peter speaks a lot about these false prophets in 2 Peter 2 and 2 Peter 3. Another thing we need to be wary of are people talking about their visions of seeing angels, lifting themselves above what is taught in the New Testament. Even the devil changes himself into an angel of light. (Read Hebrews chapter 1)

 

Verses 21-23, "Not everyone that says unto Me. "Lord, Lord" shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." Yes, people do abuse God in a sense because they only call out to Him when they are in trouble. Jesus taught us that when we become adopted children of God. we call God OUR FATHER, we don't call Him Lord anymore, and Jesus is our elder brother, He is The Christ. While God is far from people because their desires are far from Him, He is only referred to as a God. Not a father. Jesus then says those that do the WILL of my FATHER which is in heaven will be saved. In other words, we cannot serve our Father as we please. Here in Verse 22, it speaks about false prophets talking to Him on the judgement day and saying, "Lord, Lord, have we not, prophesied in Thy name? … And done wonderful works..."  The first thing is evident, they were calling Lord, not Father, it  was a distant relationship, the second thing; they were justifying themselves, they had received so much praise and supporters in their lives, had swayed crowds and even worse of all SOLD the Jesus as Judas did. Sold Him to the people, robbed them of their livelihood. It’s so easy to be deceived by these people and think everyone is OK, but it's not what we think but what our Father in heaven thinks. Jesus warned us about these people and they might even be among us. Jesus says in Verse 23, "I never knew you"... it’s not about our talents and how much we know, how many people we can persuade, how well we know the scriptures, but what the real relationship we have with the Father through Christ that will count in eternity. We can use the meeting as a platform to lift up ourselves, to get attention to ourselves, but our Father sees the intentions of the heart.

 

Verse 24-27, "Whosoever HEARETH and DOETH these SAYINGS OF MINE I will liken him unto a wise man who built his house upon the rock."  In other words we should be building our lives and principles on the LIFE and teachings and doctrine of Jesus Christ who is the rock. It’s the test of time that will do all some damage, but where we have been building determines whether we will stand or not. We will all take a hammering through life’s experiences, but we can still be standing if we build on the rock!

 

Verse 28-29. It says the people were astonished at the authority by which Jesus was preaching. Yes, this is astonishing to read, and maybe we can never experience Him actually telling these things, but it’s the spirit in us that will rouse us to act as it was meant to be. Jesus was the only one in the history of mankind who could do the following:

 

- Teach man and woman how to pray

 

- Teach mankind what to pray for

 

- Tell man what the Father was like and what pleased Him 

 

-Tell man the Will of the Father

 

- See into the heart of man, which makes Him a righteous judge 

 

- Only through Him we can enter into the throne of grace

 

Thanks for all your letters and prayers,. and as usual, there is lot that can be added. Feel free to write.


Your brother in Christ Jesus,

Reuel