Sermon on the Mount

by Stephen Kaung


4. A DISCIPLINED LIFE

Matthew 7:1-6Judge not, that ye may not be judged; for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you. But why lookest thou on the mote that is in the eye of thy brother, but observest not the beam that is in thine eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Allow me, I will cast out the mote from thine eye; and behold, the beam is in thine eye? Hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine eye, and then thou wilt see clearly to cast out the mote out of the eye of thy brother.

Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them with their feet, and turning round rend you.


Matthew 7:13-14Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many are they who enter in through it. For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.

Matthew 7:21-29Not every one who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he that does the will of my Father who is in the heavens. Many shall say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied through thy name, and through thy name cast out demons, and through thy name, done many works of power? and then will I avow unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.

Whoever therefore hears these my words and does them, I will liken him to a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock; and the rain came down, and the streams came, and the winds blew and fell upon that house, and it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And every one who hears these my words and does not do them, he shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand; and the rain came down, and the streams came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and its fall was great.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his doctrine, for he taught them as having authority, and not as their scribes

Shall we pray:
Dear Lord, we want to thank Thee once again for gathering us together. We thank Thee for Thy amazing love toward us. Thou dost love us and love us to the very end. We praise and thank Thee for giving us Thine own life, and Thou dost desire that we should have it abundantly. We come to Thee. We open our hearts to Thee and ask Thee that Thou will once again speak to us. Lord, unless Thou dost speak we are as if dead, but Thy words are life and spirit to us. So we just humbly ask Thee to give us understanding, give us vision, give us revelation that we may be brought into the reality of Thy word, that Thy word truly will become our very living, that Thou may be glorified. Lord, we desire that Thy will will be done in us as it is in heaven, and may Thy kingdom come. We ask in Thy precious name. Amen.

The Lord really loves us and He will not let us go. He wants to bring us to where He is. The Bible tells us in the so-called Sermon on the Mount that when the crowds came to the Lord, our Lord Jesus went up to a mountain. By this very action He was trying to tell us that we have to go to a higher plane. He sat down and His disciples came to Him, and He began to open His mouth and teach them. As our Lord sat down, it indicates to us that what He is going to say is based upon His finished work. You do not sit down until your work is done. Our Lord Jesus sat down and that shows us that what He is going to say to us is on the foundation of His finished work of redemption. And He addresses Himself to His own disciples.

Notice here that these are not only the believers. Of course they are believers but it is more than just believing in the Lord as their Savior. These believers are disciples. That is to say, they answered the call of our Lord Jesus. They followed the Lord. They put themselves under the Lordship of Christ Jesus, and they came to the Lord to learn of Him. So what the Lord is going to say to them is to train them as His disciples. The purpose is that they may be as He is.

A HEAVENLY LIFE

In the Sermon on the Mount our Lord is not giving us a new law. It is not like Moses giving the law to the children of Israel, and if they keep the law they will be God’s people and God will be their God. The Sermon on the Mount is not a new law. Our Lord Jesus is not giving us a higher law to keep and if we keep it then we will be the sons of the kingdom of the heavens. Neither is the Sermon on the Mount the proclamation of Christian ethics, as if our Lord Jesus is giving a higher moral standard for us to imitate. It is not so.

We believe that the Sermon on the Mount is of grace. He has already given us His own life and He is trying to tell us what that life really is. He tells us all the potential that is in us. It is all there, and it needs to be expressed. It needs to be released.

A SPIRITUAL REALITY

What is the kingdom of the heavens? The kingdom of the heavens has its geographical and historical sides, but basically, the kingdom of the heavens is a spiritual reality. The kingdom of the heavens is none other than the kingship of our Lord Jesus. He has His kingship over His own people. The kingdom of the heavens is what our Lord Jesus is. And the kingdom of the heavens is where His people are being transformed to be like Him. This is the reality of the kingdom of the heavens.

A HEAVENLY LIFE ON EARTH

What grace the Lord has poured forth, that He should not only give us His kingly life, but He wants that kingly life to be developed into a kingly character. When that character is manifested, there is the kingdom of the heavens.

Our Lord Jesus began His word to us with the Beatitudes. We have already said that the emphasis is on being and not on doing. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.” When you manifest the poor in spirit, you are in the kingdom of the heavens, and you are the kingdom of the heavens. Thank God, His life is already in us, but His character needs to be developed within us in order that the kingdom of the heavens may become a reality to us. We say again that the words in the Sermon on the Mount are a description of our Lord Jesus. That is what He is. While He was on earth He lived such a kingly life. He lived a life of heaven upon this earth, and this is the way that He wants us to live.

Our Lord Jesus came not to destroy the law and the prophet; He came to fulfill it, that is to say, to fill it to the full. The law may demand certain things but grace will bring us far above what the law demands. The law can only touch the outward appearance, but the life and grace of our Lord will touch our inward life. So that is why our righteousness must surpass the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees is external. They may be outwardly correct, and yet there is no inward reality. They may keep the letter of the law but they violate the very spirit of the law. So our righteousness must surpass the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.

SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM

Our Lord Jesus said to us, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” How do you seek the kingdom of God? What do you mean by seeking the kingdom of the heavens? Seeking the kingdom of the heavens simply means that you want to be like He is. You are not satisfied just having His life in you. You are not just content to know you are going to heaven. You want to be what He is. You want to have His character in your life. This is what is meant by seeking the kingdom of the heavens. If you really want to be what He is, allow His life to really take hold of you, then naturally it will be followed by His righteousness. First of all is the being, and then you have the doing. If you are like Him, then you will act like Him, and your actions will not be something that is put on. Your actions will be something of the overflow of life. This is His righteousness.

THE HIDDEN LIFE

In a Christian life or a kingdom life, there is that secret part, that hidden part because we are living that heavenly life upon this earth. Therefore there is a heavenly, hidden part. That is the very source of our life upon this earth.

On this earth there are three dimensions. There is a relationship with the world, with man, there is a relationship with God, and there is a relationship with ourselves. These are represented by the righteousness in giving alms, in praying, and in fasting. But in whatever area it may be our motive is towards God and not just towards man. When we are giving alms, we should do it in secret. It is for God to see, not for man to see. And our reward is in heaven, not upon this earth. A Christian life is not lived for man. A Christian life is lived unto God. Therefore we must cultivate a hidden life. We should live a life that is face to face with God. And if we have that hidden life, then our life towards men will glorify God.

The same is true with prayer. Prayer is unto God. Prayer is seeking the will of God. Prayer is to glorify God. Therefore when we pray, we should go into the closet, close the door, and pray to the Father who is in secret. And our Father who is in secret will hear us, and He will reward us. When we pray, we should pray first for the kingdom of God and for His will, and then we should pray for our needs, whether our needs are spiritual or soulical or physical.

When we are fasting, we should always do it as unto the Lord, not to try to draw attention from the people. So it is very important. To live that kingdom life, there must be a hidden life. The stronger the hidden life, the stronger will be our testimony on this earth.

A LIFE OF FAITH

All who live in the kingdom of the heavens live a life of faith. We mentioned before that the life of faith is not just for a chosen, special few. The life of faith is required of all of us because we are a heavenly people upon the earth. We are strangers and sojourners. The world is not our home. We are just passing through, so our life on earth should be symbolized by living in tents. We do not get our roots deep into this earth. In order to deliver us from being earthly, the Lord said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” On earth there will be moths, there will be rust, and there will be thieves. But in heaven there are no moths, no rust, and no thieves. The Lord wants to deliver us.

TREASURES

What are our treasures? Treasures include everything that means life to your soul. In other words, treasures are things that you look upon as most precious, that you really depend on, that you will not let go, whether it is riches or position or some people. The Lord wants to set us free. He wants us to lay these treasures in heaven, to give ourselves and all that we consider as treasures to Him and let Him have the right over them. We are on earth as stewards of His gifts and we are to be faithful to whatever He wants. That is the way we are delivered from serving mammon. We serve the Lord Jesus. He alone is the One whom we serve. If we live such a life of faith, then we do not need to worry about what we should eat, what we should drink, or what we should be clothed with because we know our heavenly Father knows everything. If we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then all these things shall be added to us. What a life that is!

THE THEME OF MATTHEW 7

Matthew 7 gives us the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount. When we read Matthew 7, probably the first impression it gives us is that the Lord touches upon a number of things, as if they are not related. It gives you the feeling that you are reading Proverbs—here a little, there a little, here a line, there a line, here a precept, there a precept, as if they are all unrelated. But as you really study it you find there is a theme that goes through it. The theme is that the Lord wants His disciples to live a disciplined and obedient life. And if we live such a life, what will be its consequence? The consequence is the reward of the kingdom of the heavens.


Judge Not


“Judge not, that ye may not be judged; for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2).

We all are tempted to judge. That is a temptation with which we are always being tempted. So far as our natural man is concerned, we like to judge because it gives us a kind of feeling that we are superior.

What is meant by “judge not”? It does not mean you should not discern. We need to have the spirit of discernment because if we cannot discern, we cannot choose. If we cannot discern, we do not know which way to go. And if we do not discern, we are not able to help anybody. There will be no ministry at all. But judging and discerning are two different things.


Condemn Not


In Luke 6:37 it says, “Judge not.” Then it is followed by: Condemn not.” The judging here is condemning people. It has the spirit of being judgmental. It is being critical. It is looking down upon people, and in a sense, it is an arrogant spirit.

One brother said, “When you are saying something about people, what is your inward feeling? If you are saying something bad about someone, are you feeling mournful inside or are you feeling joy? When you are judging a person, are you trying to criticize him or are you trying to restore him? It depends upon our inward sense. If we judge our brother or our sister with a bad feeling, we are criticizing them. We are looking down upon them. If we judge in this manner, we will be judged. Not only will our Lord judge us, but He will allow other people to judge us likewise because with what measure we mete to others, it will be measured to us. According to Luke 6, when it is measured back to you, it will be pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. In other words, you will get a worse judgment.

In John 8, one morning the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to the Lord who had been caught in adultery. They asked Him, “What shall we do to her? According to the law of Moses, she should be stoned to death.” So they tempted our Lord Jesus. They knew that our Lord Jesus is love, so they wanted to challenge Him. If the Lord said, “Let her go,” they would say, “Our Lord violated the law of Moses.” If our Lord said, “Stone her to death,” they would say, “Our Lord does not have love and compassion.” So when they brought that woman to the Lord, they put her to public shame. What was the reaction of our Lord? He bowed Himself down. He did not even look at the woman. He did not say a word, but He used His finger to write on the earth. We do not know what He wrote. People are very anxious to know what He was writing.

Those men pressed Him. “What do You say we should do to that woman?”

Our Lord raised Himself up and said, “Anyone that has no sin cast the first stone.” Then He bowed down again. He would not even look at these men. He felt shame for these men. And one by one they left, from the oldest to the youngest. Then our Lord raised Himself up again: “Where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?”

The woman said, “None.” But there was One there who could have condemned her, and that is our Lord Himself.

The Lord said, “I will not condemn you. You go free.” In doing that He was thinking of Calvary; He was going to bear the sins of this woman. How full of mercy is our Lord Jesus! He would not condemn. But how quickly we, who are sinners, judge and condemn!


Examine


The apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 4:3-5: “But for me it is the very smallest matter that I be examined of you or of man’s day. Nor do I even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing in myself; but I am not justified by this: but he that examines me is the Lord. So that do not judge anything before the time, until the Lord shall come, who shall also both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and shall make manifest the counsels of hearts; and then shall each have his praise from God.”

This word “examine” is a little lighter than the word “judge.” Examine is the first step. After you examine, then you judge. The apostle Paul said, “It is a very small thing for me to be examined by anybody or by the day. I do not even examine myself because the one who really examines me is the Lord.”

Do not try to judge because there are many hidden things, things of the heart we do not know. We have to wait until the Lord reveals these things. When we come to the judgment seat of Christ, then every hidden thing of the heart will be exposed and each will receive His praise from God.

If we try to judge others, actually there are many hidden things we do not know. There are things of the heart that we do not know. We can only see the outward appearance. Only God knows the heart. So our judgment would not be accurate. Judgment is God’s government. It is God who judges and only His judgment is just. So wait until that day, then everything will be clear. Everything will be judged accordingly. This does not mean that because Paul said, “I do not even examine myself,” that we should not know who we are.


Self-Introspection


In I Corinthians 11, the Bible says, “If we examine ourselves, then we would not be judged.” Is there any contradiction here? Not at all, because there is a self-examination which is introspection. If we try to examine ourselves by ourselves, such an examination is futile because we do not even know ourselves. We do not know our heart. So self-introspection is unprofitable.

There are two results that come from self-introspection. Either it will so press you down that you become negative, or it can so elate you that you become proud of yourself. It is only in His light that we see light. That is Psalm 36: “In your light we see light.” We should bring ourselves into His light and not try to examine ourselves by our own light because our own light is darkness itself. He is the light of life, and as we bring ourselves to His light of life, then in life we begin to see light. This will be helpful to us. We need to be careful not to judge others because God loves mercy not judgment.


Playing the Hypocrite


There is another reason. If we judge other people, we are actually playing the hypocrite. The Lord tells us that if you profess to see the mote in the eye of your brother and do not see the beam in your own eye and say to your brother, “Let me cast out the mote from your eye,” are you not playing the hypocrite? Because you have the beam in your eye, how can you see clearly? Maybe the mote in your brother’s eye is a reflection of your beam. You are not only playing hypocrite; you have no way to help your brother. You are the one who needs help. Every time you see something in your brother, the first thing you should do is go to God and ask Him if there is a beam in your eye. Probably what you see in your brother is only a tiny little reflection of what you really are. You are so much worse than your brother and you are the one who needs to repent and ask the Lord to remove the beam from your eye.

After the beam has been removed, then you can see clearer and that is when you are able to minister to your brother. That is where discernment comes in. Spiritual discernment is an important thing in our Christian life. It does not come from mental knowledge. It comes from your own experience because you have experience in yourself. You have been dealt with by the Lord and you have been delivered from it so your eye is clear. You can see very clearly, and you are able to help your brother. That is where ministry comes in.

Again we need to be careful because who the Lord addressed are individual believers. As individual believers we should never try to judge people. But this does not apply to the church because the Bible tells us very clearly that the church is to judge evil in it because there is a governmental side there. What the Lord is trying to deliver us from is that judgmental spirit, and this requires discipline. We need His discipline. We know that discipline is not a popular word today, especially among the young generation. But without discipline we would never grow up. We would never mature, and the character of Christ would never be able to be formed in us. So it is very important that we as disciples be disciplined. If we are not disciplined, how can we say we are His disciples?


Discernment


This is followed by another statement: “Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them with their feet, and turning round rend you” (Matthew 7:6).

This speaks of discernment. We should not judge, but we must discern. What are the things that are holy? The “holy” are the words that our Lord has spoken to us. The whole Sermon on the Mount is the holy thing because we are being sanctified by these words. We are being separated from the world. We are delivered from the earth, and we are totally for God, for heaven. So the words in the Sermon on the Mount are the holy thing.

Do not give the holy thing to the dogs. Who are the dogs? The dogs here represent those people in the world, the unbelievers, because they are unclean. If you try to share the Sermon on the Mount with them, will they appreciate it? Probably they will take advantage of it. What the world needs is the gospel of pure grace; that is to say, if you come to the Lord you will be forgiven. That is the gospel that they can understand.

To put it another way, what the people in the world need is the gospel according to Luke because there the Lord said, “You go and tell them of the forgiveness of their sins. Preach the gospel that their sins may be remitted.” That is what they need and that is what they can understand. If you try to share the gospel of the kingdom with them, what the gospel according to Matthew teaches, the natural man, the man of flesh and blood will not understand it. They consider it as folly, and they will take hold of it and try to beat you. So here you need discernment. When you are sharing with people, you need to know what kind of things they can understand, and that will help them.


Spiritual Experience


“Cast not your pearls before the swine.” What are the pearls? Pearls represent experience. They represent our spiritual experience because that is how the pearl is made. It is the experience of the oyster. The sand enters into its being and the oyster cannot get it out. So he begins to secrete something to cover it. Layer upon layer he covers it. Out of his pain comes forth a pearl. So it speaks of spiritual experience, the experience of the Sermon on the Mount. Now do not cast it to swine.

What does swine represent? According to Leviticus swine has cloven hoofs but do not chew the cud. So swine here probably represents “professional Christians” or “carnal Christians.” They have cloven hoofs but they do not chew the cud. When you share with a carnal Christian your experience of the Sermon on the Mount, they will not be able to accept it. Therefore, you need discernment. Otherwise, if you do not discern, not only will they not appreciate it, they will turn on you. So you see the balance between “judge not” and “having discernment.” Now you will say that is very difficult.

HARD SAYINGS

That is why it is followed by this: “Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you.” You remember once our Lord Jesus used five loaves and two fishes to feed the five thousand and afterwards people tried to follow Him. The Lord began to tell them, “I am the bread of life. Eat My flesh and drink My blood and you shall have life in you.” Not only the crowds but many of His disciples said, “This is a hard saying. We do not understand.” And they left without following the Lord. So the Lord turned to His twelve disciples and said, “Do you also want to leave? You may.” The Lord never forces anybody. Thank God for Simon Peter. He said, “Lord, You have the words of life, and we know You are the holy One. Where shall we go? We are caught.” Thank God for that!

When you listen to the words of the Sermon on the Mount, will you not have the same kind of reaction? You will say, “This is a hard saying. Who can do it?” Will you also depart? You need to ask and it shall be given to you, because to you it is impossible. And the Lord does not require it of you. He will do it. If you just ask He will give it to you. Keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking, and it shall be opened to you.

The Lord said, “If your children come and ask for bread, will you give your child a stone? If your child comes to you and asks for a fish, will you give him a serpent? You who are evil know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the good things to them that ask of him.”

In Luke 11:13, what are “the good things”? The Holy Spirit. He will give the Holy Spirit to you. In other words, the Lord knows you are not able to do these things. He does not require these things from you. He requires these things from Himself. His life is in you, and He is well able to do these things. Only let the Holy Spirit work in your life. Let the Holy Spirit illumine you. Let the Holy Spirit arrange the circumstances to discipline you. The Holy Spirit is responsible to transform you and conform you to Christ. Just let the Holy Spirit do His job and then you will be all right. Everything is grace. He is well able to do it, to keep you to the very end, and to present you glorious with joy to Himself.

ENCOURAGEMENT

This is followed by an exhortation. Exhortation in Greek includes two meanings—on the one hand, “encouragement” and on the other hand, “warning.” Whenever you find exhortation in the Bible, there is the encouraging part and the warning part. The Lord used two parables for the encouraging part. One is: “Enter into the narrow gate.” The other is: “Build your house on the rock.” These are two encouragements.


The Narrow Gate


Having heard these words, the Lord said, “Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many are they who enter in through it. For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.”

Why is it that the Lord encourages us to enter in through the narrow gate? It is a gate that few find, and yet the Lord encourages us to enter into it. You remember once our Lord Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to enter into the needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom.” Whether this is literal or symbolic, I think the meaning is the same. If you try to put a small thread through a needle’s eye it is difficult. I cannot do it. For a camel to enter the needle’s eye is absolutely absurd. Some people say that the needle’s eye is symbolic because in the old days within the city gate there was a small gate or a small door. Sometimes, the city gate was closed but that small door was still open. For a camel to get through that small door called “needle’s eye,” that camel had to be stripped of all its load. Then he had to be pushed and pulled and barely did he get through. So what is meant here is very simple. We have to be stripped of all our load and then enter into the narrow gate.

You have to do violence to yourself to enter into the kingdom. In Matthew 11 we are told: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of the heavens is to be taken by violence and the violent seize upon it.”

Violence! What does it mean? It does not mean to do violence to other people. It means to do violence to yourself, to deny yourself. Deny yourself is to do violence to yourself. We usually love ourselves, and here the Lord says that you have to do violence to yourself. You have to deny yourself, strip off everything that is of yourself. Then you are able to enter into the narrow gate. You cannot enter the narrow gate carrying all the loads with you. When you enter into the gate of the kingdom of heaven, you are stripped of yourself and only the life of the Lord will go through. Not only that, after you enter the narrow gate, you find there is a straitened way. In other words, you bear your cross daily and follow the Lord, but it leads to life.

In the way of the world, the gate is broad, and many are traveling in it but it leads to destruction. The life and the destruction here do not refer to eternal life or eternal death because that is already settled. Matthew does not deal with this. When we believe in the Lord Jesus, we receive His eternal life. And because it is eternal life it is eternal. We will never lose it because it is a gift of God. God is not like man who repents. What He has given He will never take back. Eternal life is ours. So one day we will enjoy that life to eternity. We have already passed through death into life.

The life and the destruction here is within the scope of the kingdom of the heavens. In other words, one day when the kingdom of the heavens shall publicly appear upon this earth, those who enter the narrow gate and walk on the straitened way will reign with Christ for a thousand years. And that is enjoying life.

Those who do not enter the narrow gate and do not walk in the straitened way but choose to walk in the way of the world, there will be destruction. And the destruction does not refer to eternal destruction. It is to be kept out of the life of the kingdom of the heavens. It is just like the five wise virgins who entered into the marriage feast and the five foolish virgins are kept out of the marriage feast. This is for a thousand years when the kingdom of the heavens shall publicly appear on this earth.

After that coming age comes to an end and eternity comes, those who are saved will all be in New Jerusalem. If we allow the words of the kingdom of the heavens to work in our lives, then when the kingdom of the heavens shall publicly appear on earth, we will enjoy life with our Lord Jesus. That is our hope. That is an encouragement.


Building On the Rock


The same is true with building on the rock. The rock is the word of the Sermon on the Mount. If we keep it, if we do it, if we obey it, not by our own strength but by His grace, if we follow what the word says, when the wind comes and the rain falls, when the storm is raised up, it will stand. So these two parables refer to encouragement.

WARNING


False Prophets


There are two other parables that speak of warning. In the kingdom of the heavens, there will be people who are like false prophets. They will put on sheepskin, but in their hearts they are ravening wolves. They will come in and try to preach or say something different from what our Lord has said. They will say something to try to please our flesh. They will come and say, “You can have both worlds. You can believe in the Lord Jesus but you need not follow the Sermon on the Mount. And you will still be rewarded.” If such false prophets come into our midst, how are we going to discern? See the fruit. Fruit is the concentration or the maturity of life; not by acts, it is by the fruit. See what that life will bring forth. Then you know who are the real ones and who are the false ones.


Lawlessness


Then there is another class of people. They are not the false prophets. They are people who come to the Lord and say, “Lord, Lord.” They are real believers. They are not only real believers, but they are zealous for the Lord, and they are zealous for the Lord’s work. They say, “Lord, Lord, have we not cast out demons in Your name? Have we not prophesied through Your name? Have we not worked many works of wonder through Your name?” Certainly these people feel that they should be rewarded with the kingdom, but to their surprise the Lord said, “Depart from Me, I never knew you, workers of lawlessness.” Can it be lawlessness when you are really preaching in His name, when you are casting out demons, when you work wonders in His name? Demons are cast out; wonders are being done. How can it be lawlessness?

What is lawlessness? Lawlessness simply means they do not do the will of God. They are doing works of the Lord, yet on their own. They do not seek the will of God and do not follow God’s will. So the Lord said, “These are workers of lawlessness. I do not know you.” It means: “I do not approve of you. Depart from Me.” In other words, they will have no part in the coming kingdom of the heavens.

What is important is that the Lord is not expecting us to do anything for Him. The Lord wants us to submit to His will, and if we submit to His will, then He will reward us with the kingdom.

After our Lord finished speaking, the people who heard it said, “He spoke differently; He spoke with authority.” Why? It is because He is the personification of His own words. His word has authority; His word has power. So let us trust in His word; yield ourselves to His word, and let the Holy Spirit work it out in our lives.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord, we want to thank Thee for Thy grace. Thou dost not require anything from us but Thou dost require Thyself in us. Thou art in us and Thou dost desire to express Thy life. Do teach us how to yield ourselves to Thee, to be taught of Thee, to be disciplined by Thee, that we may be brought to the place where You want us to be, that Thy kingdom may come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May Thy name be hallowed. We ask in Thy precious name. Amen.


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And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)