• A Narrow Gate; a Hard Way

    Matthew 7:13–14

    Matthew Henry summarizes Jesus’ teaching in today’s passage: “We must endure hardship, must wrestle and be in agony, must watch in all things, and walk with care and circumspection. We must go through much tribulation.” Christ’s way is ...Read More

  • Asking, Seeking, Knocking

    Matthew 7:7–11

    We persevere in prayer knowing that our Father in His goodness will never withhold from us what we really need. We also need to recall, Matthew Henry says, that “we often ask that of God which would do us harm ...Read More

  • Avoiding Improper Judgments

    Matthew 7:1–6

    John Calvin says that the one “who judges according to the word and law of the Lord, and forms his judgment by the rule of charity, always begins with subjecting himself to examination, and preserves a proper medium and order ...Read More

  • Christ, Our Solid Foundation

    Matthew 7:24–29

    “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand,” wrote Edward Mote. In endeavoring to serve Jesus, we see how far we fall short of His demands, confessing that our righteousness does not exceed that of ...Read More

  • False Prophets and Their Fruits

    Matthew 7:15–20

    Though we are all responsible to evaluate our teachers by the fruit of their teaching and lives, it does not necessarily follow that this evaluation is solely an individual responsibility. In fact, we need other Christians who are grounded in ...Read More

  • God our Father

    Matthew 7:7–11

    The comfort of the gospel is not in that we are born children of God but in that God, seeing that all people are children of the Devil, nevertheless chooses to adopt a portion of humanity as His children in ...Read More

  • The Golden Rule

    Matthew 7:12

    John Calvin says, “All the precepts [of the Mosaic law]…have a reference to [the Golden Rule].” Even the Old Testament laws that deal more directly with God teach us to love our neighbor. The law against idolatry, for example ...Read More

  • The Goodness of Our Father

    Matthew 7:7–11

    Even the most compassionate earthly fathers are far less than our God. Matthew Henry writes, “All the compassions of all the tender fathers in the world compared with the tender mercies of our God, would be but as a candle ...Read More

  • The Need for Repentance

    Matthew 7:21–23

    Repentance does not eliminate the struggle with sin and make us perfect immediately. But it does result in a marked change of thoughts, words, and deeds whereby we do not love our former lusts as we once did. If we ...Read More

  • Word and Deed

    Matthew 7:21–23

    God knows we will never be perfect in this life, but He does expect us to grow in faith and increasingly conform to Christ by loving our fellow Christians, understanding true doctrine, and following His precepts (1 John 3:23 ...Read More