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Matthew 7:21-29

– Build on the Rock –

Southgate Alliance Church, July 19, 2020
 

Introduction
 

Jesus the Judge vv 21-23
 

“You have heard that it was said to those of old… But I say to you.” Matthew 5:21
 

“You have heard Moses tell you that God said this, but I say to you.”
 

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
 

  • The First Warning, Confessed Orthodoxy.
     

“...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9, 10
 

  • The Second Warning, Great and Mighty Works.
     

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24
 

  • The third warning is not a negative one but a positive one. Jesus tells us that a true confession and great works done in his name are not what he is looking for. What he does warn us to do however, is to obey the will of the Father.
     

Jesus the Rock vv 24-27
 

“The man who builds his house upon the shifting foundation is likened to the person who hears Jesus’ words but who does not put them to practice. The man who builds his house upon the rock is likened to the person who not only hears Jesus’ words but also puts them into practice. The difference between the two houses is therefore likened to the difference between obedience and disobedience.” – D.A. Carson
 

Jesus’ Authority vv 28, 29
 

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.’”” 2 Chronicles 36:22, 23
 

“… the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” The Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:8-10
 

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18
 

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
 

Conclusion
 

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

 

Text Application Questions for Matthew 7:21-29

– Build on the Rock –

Southgate Alliance Church, July 19, 2020
 

Read Matthew 7:21-29
 

What does Jesus claim about himself when he says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’…”?
 

What do these false prophets claim for themselves? Is their confession a bad one? Should believers have a similar confession?
 

What does Jesus mean when he says that you must do the will of the Father in heaven to enter into the kingdom?
 

What is the basis for Jesus’ denial into the kingdom? What does he accuse the false prophets of? How does that make you think about your own relationship with God?
 

What does it mean to be a wise person in the eyes of Jesus? A foolish person?
 

Is there any significance to the houses that both of these men built?
 

How do you know if you have built upon the rock of Jesus’ teaching?
 

Compare the reaction of the crowd to the authority of Jesus to your own. What kind of authority does Jesus have over your life? How have you responded?