Today we wrap up a series on Matthew 7. This is the closing of the Sermon on the Mount. We have looked at Jesus’ warning about self righteousness, the fact that God wants to give us life, the narrow and wide paths, avoiding false prophets and the fact that we need to not presume that because we say “Lord, Lord” that we are in the Kingdom. Today we will look at Jesus’ closing statement to the sermon.
Here it is:
“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. 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. But 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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Jesus ends the sermon with a promise in a sense. He says essentially if you put into practice what I have said in this sermon you will withstand everything that comes at you. That doesn’t mean that it will all go your way. It doesn’t mean you will be successful by the world’s standards or that you will be in a particular economic or social status. But it does mean that at the end you will be with Him, on the narrow road and sanctified.