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Matthew Seven

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Judge not. Here Jesus warns against condemning the actions or motives of others. Only the Lord has that right, since only He has full knowledge of a person's actions and motives. (John 5:22; Romans 14:4, 10; etc.). On the other hand, He has commanded us to “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). We should be able to recognize false teachers and “from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5; see also Matthew 7:15-20; etc.). Also, we should discern and rebuke these false brethren who are encouraging others to sin (Ephesians 5:7, 11). In other words, we should be able to judge that which is wrong, in either doctrine or practice, and avoid (or correct) those who are involved, but we must not condemn them—God must do that.

Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Matthew 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Matthew 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

unto the dogs. It is counter-productive to try to teach the treasures of Biblical truth to those who reject and ridicule the Scriptures. Their hearts must first be prepared by the Holy Spirit, supplemented by a gracious presentation of Christian evidences (Acts 17:15-34).

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

every one that asketh receiveth. This great promise is not a sort of blank check given to everyone. As with all texts of Scripture, it must be taken in context, remembering that this was part of the instruction given to His disciples (see note on Matthew 5:1). Also see footnotes on Matthew 6:9 and James 4:3.

Matthew 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

Matthew 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

even so to them. This is the so-called Golden Rule of conduct. This is not meant to be a prerequisite for salvation, for no person ever obeys this rule perfectly, any more than he keeps the Ten Commandments perfectly, which it summarizes and applies. It was spoken only to believers, already presumed to be saved by faith and given as a standard by which they should seek to order their personal lives. Love for God and love for one's neighbor also summarize all “the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40; Romans 13:8-10).

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

few. According to Christ Himself, most people will never be saved, in spite of the fact that He offers salvation as a free gift to all who will receive it is faith (John 3:16, 18; Romans 6:23; etc.).

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Beware of false prophets. This is the first use of the word “beware” in the New Testament, and so warrants close attention. There have always been men (more so today than ever) who claim to be—and often appear to be—true prophets (or teachers or pastors or counselors) with marvelous new spiritual messages. But beware! They must always be tested by their fidelity to all the Holy Scriptures (Isaiah 8:20). Also see note on Revelation 22:18.

ravening. Searching for prey, like a raven. Note especially 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Peter 2:1-3.

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

evil fruit. This criterion of “fruit inspection” can be applied both to individuals and to systems. For example, the evolutionary philosophy has produced no good fruits whatever. Instead, it has generated atheism, humanism, communism, fascism, racism and all manner of evil fruits. It, therefore, is a false and evil philosophy.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

doeth the will. This sobering indictment indicates that not only pagans but also many professing Christians are unsaved. Doing the Father's will involves first believing, then obeying His Word, for therein is revealed His will (John 5:24; 7:17).

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

wonderful works. It is remarkable that there are actually prophets and miracle workers who—perhaps sincerely, perhaps not—profess to be Christians but who instead are unsaved, deluded and even enabled to do “wonderful works” by Satan in order to lead people to follow a false Christ.

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I never knew you. These false prophets are not people who once were saved and then became apostates. Christ never knew them!

work iniquity. The word “iniquity” here means “lawlessness.” Thus false prophets reject God's law—i.e., His Word—in favor of their own philosophy or complex of experiences, and thus cannot do His will (Matthew 7:21, 26).

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Matthew 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

Matthew 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.