BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 5: Matthew 7:21-29

Summary of passage:  Not everyone will enter the kingdom of heaven; only those who do the will of the Father, whose heart is His.  The rest is merely an act.

Everyone who hears the Gospel and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his home on rock, protected because of its strong foundation.  Those who hear the Gospel and do not act on it is like a foolish man who builds his home on sand, which will fall and tumble because the foundation is weak.

Jesus finishes his Sermon on the Mount.

Questions:

11a)  Matthew 7:23:  A knowledge of Him and/or a heart for Jesus

Luke 6:46:  A will to do what Jesus said

John 5:40-43:  A love of God in their hearts, an acceptance of Jesus

John 6:29:  A belief in Christ

Hosea 8:2-4:  Following God’s laws.  They rejected Him by setting up kings and princes without God’s consent and making idols to worship.

b)  They believed they were doing the will of God when in reality they were doing their own will.  Their heart was not God’s heart.  They accept praise from one another (John 5:44) instead of attempting to gain God’s praise.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  No one is coming to mind right now.  Truthfully, I don’t know a lot people all that well in order to say.  It’s hard to tell if they are following God’s will for their lives because it’s between them and God.  I guess you could look at the fruit to get a clue.

12)  That Jesus is Lord.

13a)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Come to Jesus, hear his words, and put them into practice.

b)  When disaster strikes, their lives crumble around them.  By not following God’s commands.  By living out of self-reliance and self-pursuit.  By being hypocritical.  By pursuing the world instead of pursuing Him.

c)  Isaiah 28:16:  It is a tested stone laid in Zion, a precious cornerstone, built on trust in God.

1 Corinthians 3:11:  The true foundation is belief in Jesus.

1 Peter 2:4-8:  The true foundation is Jesus as we ourselves are being built into spiritual houses and we sacrifice for him.

d)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Jesus.

Conclusions:  The underlying message of this day is we must accept Jesus as the Son of God.  And once we do, our foundation for life will be strong and sturdy and our eternal life will be with Him.  Once we truly accept Jesus as our Savior, we cannot help but act upon His words for the Holy Spirit within compels us.  If we do not act upon Jesus’ words, then we have not accepted him yet.  We still have work to do.

Our actions must coincide with our words.  Otherwise, Jesus warns, “I never knew you.”

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4 comments on “BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 5: Matthew 7:21-29

  1. Michael Gatrost says:

    In Matthew 7:21-23 the Lord says not everyone that calls Me Lord Lord will enter the Kingdom, but only those who do the will of the father.

    I will say to them, depart from me, I never knew you.

    Two things are important from these passages and indicate there is more to being saved than just John 3:16. what is the Lord’s will? and why doesn’t He “know ” them.

    Lord’s will? 1 st and greatest commandment

    How does he “know” you 1st Corinthians 8:3

  2. S says:

    Thank you for your openness and letting us know when you feel you’ve failed or done well. I am really struggling with failures right now and when you go through that path you think you’re alone. Reading your blogs helps a lot. I am not celebrating your “bad” days, just helps to see that other Christians go through the same things and not pretending that life’s a bed of roses.

  3. L says:

    Regarding your last comment that some have “work to do” to accept Jesus… We are saved not by ‘our work’ but by Jesus’ righteousness. Jesus Christ finished HIS WORK, we can’t “do work” to be accepted by Him. It is by Him Alone and by His Holy Spirit. I was blown away when I studied Romans & John @ BSF (These verses were very helpful to me, and I hope you find them helpful as well: John 3:3,7; 3:27;5:21;6:35,37,39,44,65,70;10:28-29; Romans 8:28-30). Lord is the One Who calls. We, obediently follow His voice. :-)

    • atozmom says:

      I did not mean work as in “works” you must do to get in Heaven. I meant we have work to do in terms of accepting Jesus (if you haven’t accepted him, then yes, you have work to do in order to know him and accept him. You must choose and for some that is work in order to discover him. Saying Yes is work. Work on our part, not his.).

      Hope that is clearer.

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