Jesus said to the multitude:
“Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock.”
Jesus came to a multitude of Jews who were under the law and brought grace and truth John 1:10-18. He preached to the heart, revealing kingdom relationships in perspective of eternity. Jesus clearly taught life in the kingdom that is and eternal life in the kingdom that is to come. In that vein, Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount with the be attitudes of the kingdom, the Beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-12
” His first words strike the key-note of the entire discourse: V. 3. Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
” The reference of Jesus here is not primarily to temporal poverty, to earthly misery, as in other passages of the New Testament, 1 Cor 1:26-28; Jas 2:5. He is speaking of the poor and miserable “in spirit,” those that shrink and cower with fear and dread, that are tremblingly alive to the wants and needs of their soul, that feel in their own heart, so far as spiritual riches are concerned, nothing but a great void, a despair of their own abilities, Matt 11:5, 28; Is 61;1; 62:2; Ps 70:5.
” Such as these, who are conscious, painfully aware, of their moral deficiencies, the Lord calls blessed, happy. If they were still under the mistaken impression that they were spiritually rich and wanted nothing, they might deceive themselves into a false security which would prevent their gaining the true riches, the only abiding happiness. But as conditions are, no false pride will keep them from accepting the unsearchable riches of the kingdom of heaven, which are theirs by grace. For the kingdom of heaven is the sum total of all the gifts of God in Christ Jesus as they are enjoyed here on earth in the Christian Church and finally above, in the kingdom of glory. This being true, and the riches of the kingdom being even now in their possession, the disciples should strive all the more diligently to cultivate the poverty which the Lord here praises, and to exercise themselves in it daily.” Kretzmann http://www.kretzmannproject.org/
Jesus began concluding His Sermon with a warning to those with worldly, self reliant, me attitudes. He called them workers of iniquity, lawlessness. Then Jesus concluded by comparing that foolish way of life to building on sand rather than rock.
“They have never become His intimates, their hearts were always far from Him, they had no faith. To Him, therefore, all their works prove them to be workers of iniquity, having used His name without right or warrant in carrying out something which He had neither commanded nor sanctioned. Their sentence is brief, but terrible. “Depart from Me,” Matt 25:41; be separated forever from the salvation, the glory and beauty which intimacy with Me implies. For in blessed union with Christ all is heaven; in separation from Him there is nothing but damnation.” Kretzmann
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ 23 Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’
24 “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. 25 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell—and its fall was great.” Matthew 7 WMB
Further reading:James 1:19-25; 2:14-20; 4:11.
Let’s pray Paul’s prayer for one another.
We do pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and may fulfill all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and (the) Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 YLT