Bible: Matthew 7:13-29

The Narrow Gate

7:13Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

7:15Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 1  7:16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered 2  from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 3  7:17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad 4  tree bears bad fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.

Judgment of Pretenders

7:21Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ 5  will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do 6  many powerful deeds?’ 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ 7 

Hearing and Doing

7:24Everyone 8  who hears these words of mine and does them is like 9  a wise man 10  who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood 11  came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed! 12 

7:28 When 13  Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, 7:29 because he taught them like one who had authority, 14  not like their experts in the law. 15 

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