A Better Way Part 7 | A Better Path
July 15, 2018
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Passage: Matthew 7:13-29
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A Better Way Series Study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Part 7

A Better Path

Matthew 7:13-29

When Jesus began His earthly ministry at the age of 30, he found, a corrupted religion, with a spiritually bankrupt leadership. He found a people who “fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd…”, Matthew 9:36. He found, a nation of people who had strayed from the paths of God’s righteousness.

John, the forerunner, came to make straight the paths, Matthew 3:1-3. Jesus came to heal the spiritually sick, Mark 2:17. He came to teach a better way.

The Path of Narrowness

Matthew 7:13-14

  • One Path leads to life.
    • Strait is the gate = difficult, treacherous to pass through.
      • Narrow is the way.
      • Few find it.

Here is a sad reality, most people, according to this, will not make it through the gate that leads to life.

    • Water and people seem to always choose the path of least resistance.
      • The Hebrew Christians were straying from the narrow path, back to the path of Judaism, in part because there was less resistance.
      • Hebrews 12:1-4
    • Jesus prepared His disciples for this difficult path.
      • Matthew 5:11-12
      • Matthew 10:21-22, 28, 37-39
    • He has walked it before us and will walk it with us.
  • Any other path leads to destruction.
    • Wide is the gate = easy to pass through.
      • Broad is the way.
      • Many go in there.
    • Sadly, most people will not walk the difficult way to life, but will take the easier path.
    • It is not that God cannot save, or will not save, but men love darkness.
      • John 3:16
      • John 3:19-20

The Path of Opposition

Matthew 7:15-20

  • One of the Hazards along the Path of life is false teachers.
    • False prophets
      • Wolves in sheep’s clothing
      • Acts 20:29
    • They offer an easier path.
      • Ezekiel 13:16
      • Jeremiah 8:10-11
  • Principles of Fruit Inspection
    • Know characteristics of good fruit.
      • Ephesians 4:11-14
    • The fruit is how you judge the health of the tree.
      • Good fruit = good tree
      • Bad fruit = bad tree
    • Trees that do not produce good fruit are cut down and burned.
      • Similar to fruit of the vine
      • John 15:6
    • Luke 6:45
  • The purpose of fruit inspection.
    • We talked this morning about judgement
    • In order that we must judge righteously, John 7:24
    • We are not to make harsh judgments of others, based on incomplete information.
    • We cannot know the heart of the one we are judging, but the fruit of his life is evidence.
    • We cannot be in fellowship with such an individual, Romans 16:17-18.

The Path of Obedience

Matthew 7:21-23

  • "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord…"
    • Many people want to call themselves Christians…
    • Faith only, grace only, etc., etc.
    • They mistake the wide gate and the broad path for the strait and narrow.
    • Profession without obedience is pointless, Luke 6:46.
  • "He that’s DOES the Will of the Father."
    • James 1:22-25
    • James 2:14-18
  • Any works not done in Christ are unacceptable.
    • Cast out devils, many wonderful works
    • Without Christ we can do nothing, John 15:5!
    • Without Christ, no work of man is of any value, even if it appears to be done in the name of Christ.
    • Denominations can do a lot of things in the name of Christ, but ultimately they have done no good at all!
  • "I never knew you!" How terrible that statement is!
    • Depart from me!
    • Workers of iniquity (Lawlessness)

The Path of Soundness

Matthew 7:24-29

  • The Word Obeyed, Matthew 7:24-25
    • Hear and DO
    • Builds his house on a rock!
      • Jesus is the rock! Matthew 16:18
      • House = spiritual life
      • Ephesians 2:19-22
    • Withstand the Storms of life
  • The Word Disobeyed, Matthew 7:26-27
    • Hears but doeth NOT
    • House on Sand
      • If you build your spiritual house upon the shifting sands of man doctrines, opinions, whims ...
    • Falls in the Storms of Life

The Word Respected

  Matthew 7:28-29

  • *Astonished: Amazed; confounded with fear, surprise, or admiration, Webster’s.
    • to be struck with amazement, astonished, amazed, Thayer’s
  • Authority
    • Jesus as the Word of God has all authority
    • Matthew 28:18

Jack McNiel, Evangelist, Oak Grove Church of Christ

*Resources Consulted:

  • Southwest School of Bible Study Class Notes.
  • Guy N. Woods Commentary
  • Linguistic Key to the New Testament
  • Footsteps in the Sand by Mary Stevenson
  • Webster's Dictionary
  • Thayer's Dictionary
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