BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 3: Matthew 7:7-12

Summary of passage:  Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  We give our children what we ask for as the Father gives good gifts to those who ask as well!  Do to others what you would have them do to you as the law says.

Questions:

6a)  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  We ask God, then we seek Him, and then we persistently knock until we receive.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Yes.  For clarity in terms of what I’m supposed to be doing in my life and to quell my conscious.

7)  Luke replaces gifts with the Holy Spirit in the last verse.  We are promised if we ask, He will give us the Holy Spirit.

8a)  No.

b)  No.

c)  Personal Question.  My answer:  It gives me great comfort to know that God does answer my prayers.  That He hears me.  That as I pursue Him, I will find Him.  As God pours out His gifts upon us, so we should do the same.  For we are all equally unworthy.

Conclusions:  I had high expectations for this lesson but it seems to have fallen short in terms of the questions.  Either that or it’s self-explanatory as in my answer to question 6a.  You really can’t explain that or put it better than Jesus did.

Notes on the Golden Rule:  The Golden Rule has been around for centuries before Jesus, most notably promoted by Confucius.  However, Jesus was the first to put this in the affirmative, saying do unto others instead of don’t do unto others.  This strengthens the rule and broadens it, desiring us to go above and beyond for others instead of just not doing one thing.

If we treat others how we want to be treated, we wouldn’t break any other law of God.  Hence, it’s the summation of the Law.  Of course, it doesn’t make it any easier to follow for we are all human and fail.  But keeping it in the back of your mind, behooves us all.

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3 comments on “BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 3: Matthew 7:7-12

  1. Kimberly says:

    I Think About This Verse In Scripture At Times . . And For Me , { Or So I Thought } , It Is Really Self Explanatory .
    { Had To Re read It From King James Version , Cause That Was What I Was Raised With}

    For I Am Famuliar With The Verse . Just Wanted To Make Sure . . .

    To My Understanding , We Receive The Holy Spirit Once We Are Saved And Baptized With The Emersion Of Water .

    I Read Not To Long Ago . . If I Am Not Mistaken , Once One Is Baptized , They Receive The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit .

    I Personally Think , You Are Correct

    • Julia says:

      I agree with Kimberly that we receive the Holy Spirit at time of salvation. Water baptism,however, does not save and does not give us the Holy Spirit. When you are saved by God, He gives you the indwelling H.S. along with the gifts of the Sprit. However, as a believer we don’t ask Him for the Holy Spirit BUT we do need more power to do His work here and thus pray to receive more FILLING of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, at salvation God gives us His Sprit (we don’t ask for it— it’s a free gift of His magestic Grace), but we need daily refilling of His Spirit power just like our car need gas to run and our bodies need water and food. As 1Cor 12:13 states: For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body– This is our spiritual baptism at time of salvation and then in obedience to His word we then get water baptism as our identity with Him.

  2. Julia says:

    Comments on the challenge question #8: Agree with AtoZ Mom that the promise is not for someone who is not a child of God. Believers have God as their Father and unbelievers have the devil as their father(John 8:42-44). The answer to the (b) part is a little tougher. The question BSF is asking is whether God never answers prayer positively the prayer requests of an unbeliever? The answer is NO as AtoZ so stated above, because God is Sovereign and can answer any prayer request that He desires. He definitely answers the acceptance prayer of a repentent sinner who confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior. However, there are Bible verses that state that as a general principle God is not obligated to hear or answer prayers of unbelievers.
    Some include John 9:31; 1 Pet 3:12; Prov 15:29; Ps 66:18; Isa 1:15; Isa 59:1-2). BUT, fortunately God doesn’t answer prayer just because we have or have not met His conditions, BUT God answers prayers because of His grace, mercy, compassion, and sovereignty! We can be confident that God definitely answers the prayers of His children, but His answers may be Yes, No, or Wait a while! Our God is great, generous, and gracious.

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