11. a. What Jesus said the people lacked—
- Matthew 7:23—They didn’t know Him.
- Luke 6:46—Their actions don’t match their words. They call Him Lord, but don’t do what He says.
- John 5:40-43—They weren’t willing to come to Him for eternal life. They were putting their trust in the law. (see verse 39) And they do not have God’s love inside.
- John 6:29—They didn’t believe in the one God sent.
- Hosea 8:2-4—They are hypocrites. They say they know God, but they prefer to serve earthly kings and worship idols they made with their own hands. It reminds me of Isaiah 29:13 “The Lord says:’These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.'”
b. I feel like Matthew 7:28 “…the crowds were astonished and overwhelmed with bewildered wonder at His teaching “(AMP)
I’m confused by Matthew 7:22. If they prophesied, did miracles, and cast out demons in Jesus’ name, it seems they believed in Jesus. In Acts 19:15, “And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
So it puzzles me that “many” could produce “fruit” and do the same works that Jesus did without a true inner relationship with Jesus Christ. According to the verses referenced in the preceding question, it seems they deceived themselves by having only a superficial recognition of God. They denied that Jesus was sent by God.
What a disconcerting and sobering thing to read and study!
Update: It occurred to me that Judas is an example of this. Although scripture does not specifically record miracles performed by Judas, Jesus “gave them (the twelve) power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.” Luke 9:1-2,6 He behaved selfishly all along by embezzling funds, and later by denying Jesus for money.
Update #2: Another verse came to mind: Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
c. In light of what I just wrote above, (before the updates) I’m taking inventory of myself thinking, “Who then can be saved?” Thankfully, “…with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:25-27
12. Jesus claimed He would be the one to judge the lost on that day.
13. a. Those who build on a true foundation…
- come to Jesus,
- listen to His words,
- and does them.
b. They build their lives on money, fame, physical beauty, possessions, etc. just as Judas did. Even many in ministry have seen their empires crumble.
c. A true foundation is…
Isaiah 28:16—a stone laid in Zion, a tested and precious cornerstone.
1 Corinthians 3:11—no other than Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
1 Peter 2:4-8—a living stone, rejected by men, but precious and chosen by God.
d. After much soul-searching, I am reassured (by the Holy Spirit, I believe) that those concerned about having a sure foundation, need not be ashamed.
14. This was such a challenging passage and lesson.
Pray that I fully grasp the truths in this chapter without allowing the accuser of the brethren to sow seeds of doubt nor beat me over the head with them.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh what a foretaste of glory divine,
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Matthew Lesson 8 Day 5 Day 6