Put Into Practice Before the Storm
May 16, 2023
The apostle Peter said in
Acts 4: 12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
And that name is our Lord Jesus Christ found only in the Bible which says Jesus is the Word of God who has come in flesh.
We love the name of Jesus because it saves us from our 2nd death and gives to us eternal life with his Father. Our love for Jesus makes obey all his teachings which we never add to or take away from. Our obedience to his teachings and commandments make us walk like him and have his mind.
When we do this, we become children of his Father which Jesus said only his family will do, obey his Father’s will and that is to listen to his Son.
In Matthew, Jesus tells us to ask, seek and knock on door of our Father and he will provide for our needs.
Matthew 7: 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
When we ask, seek and knock out of love our Father will give us good gifts, find what we seek for and open doors that we knock upon. So you know whatever you receive, find or open you know it is good and pleasing to our Father’s will and not yours. That is why we always give thanks in all situations because we know this is God’s will for you. Paul teaches we must live to please God.
1 Thessalonians 4: Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
In Matthew, Jesus teaches what pleases his Father.
Matthew 7: 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus gave a new commandment of what he wants us to do to others.
John 13: 34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
This is the new law of Christ because of his Father’s love for this world which he willingly gave his life because of his love for his Father. So, are called to do more than just doing for other what you want them to do for you we are to love others as Jesus has loved us. This fulfills the law of Christ.
Obeying the teachings and commandments of Jesus will keep us on the path to eternal life.
Matthew 7: 13"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Jesus’s teaching and commandments keeps us on the narrow road and lets us enter the small gate to eternal life. Jesus said only a few will find it because many in churches believe the way to heaven is through a wide gate and broad road because they compromise Jesus’ teachings and commandments and make up their own truths and some even believe that all religions lead to heaven which Jesus said leads to destruction.
Peter said that there is only one name under heaven that saves and that is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior in Scripture.
Every church overseer is responsible to shepherd Christ flock to be the few who know how to remain on the narrow road so that they can enter the narrow gate by teaching them to recognize only the voice of Jesus and to follow him, so they get home to their Father in heaven. That is why Jesus warns us to watch out for false teachers and teachings.
Matthew 7: 15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Jesus commands us to watch out for false teachers of God’s word. Paul said we are in the day of salvation, but we are also in the days of false prophets. Paul warned the elders of the church that false teachers would come out of churches.
Acts 20: 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
Paul wants all elders to keep watch over the body of Christ which the Holy Spirit has made them overseers and be responsible protect them from false teachings and false teachers.
We do not have someone like Paul who night and day tearfully never stopped warning the church of false teachers. We who love Jesus’ teaching need be like Paul and protect the body of Christ from false teachers and false teaching by discerning everything spoken in the church through the Holy Spirit’s anointing of God’s word.
Jesus teaches how to recognize false teachers and those who follow false teaching by their fruit.
Matthew 7: 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
The good fruit comes from the Holy Spirit when we love Jesus.
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Our love for Jesus will bear his fruit of love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Paul tells us the kind of bad fruit those who follow false doctrine will produce.
1 Timothy 6: 3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
Those who teach and follow false doctrine will bear bad fruit. They will be conceited about to their false doctrine because they do not know God’s truth and obey his will. They will have unhealthy interest in worldly controversies because their interest is what interest man and not what interest God. They quarrel about worldly things that result in envy, bitter disagreement, hateful talk, evil suspicions, and constant friction because they do not know God’s truth. They use godliness for financial gain.
Paul tells Timothy how important it is for us to watch out for our own doctrine.
1 Timothy 4: 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Your doctrine must be true to Jeus because it will save you and save those who hear it. Your doctrine must be true to only Scripture anything else will be false and lead to destruction.
Jesus warns us of a doctrine that just because you call him Lord does not mean he will know you because you never obeyed his will.
Matthew 7: 21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
Jesus said on the day he returns there will be many who will call him Lord because they think the spiritual gift they have makes Jeus their Lord and saves them. They are the many that Jesus will tell plainly, I never knew you and cast them away as evildoers because he was not their Lord because they did not obey what he wanted them to do. Only those who obey Jesus can call him Lord because they are the one’s Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in them.
Matthew 7: 24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Jesus tells us that we need to put his teachings and commandment into practice so that our foundation stands firm in God’s truth. When we do not put them into practice will be like sinking sand when we go through storms that will arise and we will be beaten and crash because of them.
Be disciples of Jesus and put all his teachings in to practice so that in becomes second nature to you and you will find yourself walking like Jesus because you have the mind of Christ.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn