This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Matthew 7:7-12. Here was the conclusion:
Jesus stated that God would certainly give to you if you asked or sought because you would certainly give to your children if they asked of sought. The conclusion of this section was that you ought to do to others whatever you would want done to you for this was the Law and the prophets.
During the Matthew Series, we covered these chapters in detail. Remember, the purpose of this year's Series is to show the chronology and the role of each passage relative to the occurrence of other passages. For the rest of this Series, with each post I will provide a link to the associated Matthew Series post for those who want to go in depth with each passage. For example, here is the link to the Matthew Series for today's post: Matthew 7:13-20.
"13 Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.
14 For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it."
(Jesus encouraged believers to get to heaven by "entering into the narrow gate". This implied that getting to heaven would be something relatively few would actually do and it would be something that occurred when the believer acted differently from the world. Going back to the first sentence of this chapter: the people in the world love to judge others. Believers resist this urge and don't judge others.)
"15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
16 By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"
(Jesus stated there would be false prophets and that we need to beware of them. Notice, Jesus still didn't say to judge these false prophets...just beware. Jesus said that we would know who they were by their fruit...their works and effects.)
"17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit."
(Fruit occurs once a year on a tree...so we should determine what kind of fruit is produced over the Long Term (yearly basis) and not just immediate appearance. Jesus used the concept of Non-contradiction and Causality by stating a tree with good causes ("good tree") can only result in good effects ("good fruit"). It would be a contradiction for a good cause to result in a bad effect.)
"19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
(Jesus concluded this section by stating that those false prophets would produce bad fruit and justly end up in eternal torment. Notice, Jesus said NOTHING about believers judging false prophets. None of us believers are able to send a false prophet to eternal torment...so why do some people think this passage allowed believers to judge others?)
(WORSE: a person who thinks he can judge false prophets based on this passage would be stating he believes he is God...because God was the one who "hews down and casts into the fire"!)
Jesus encouraged believers to enter heaven through the narrow gate by having good effects...effects people in the world wouldn't have. Jesus told believers to beware of false prophets...and stated these false prophets would end up in eternal torment because of their bad effects.