THE OLIVET DISCOURSE
(Matthew 5:1-2; 7:21-27, NASB)
“When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, . . .
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My father who is in heaven will enter.
Many will say to me on that day ‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not. . . ? And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall.”. .
Not everyone who talks about heaven belongs to God’s kingdom. Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk. Most of all, he wants us to do right according to God’s will, and not just say the “right” words.
Your life which represents your house is able to withstand life’s trials only if you do what is right — instead of just talking about it. The reality is what you do cannot be separated from what you believe.
Bottom Line: Jesus exposed those people who sounded religious but had no personal relationship with him. On “that day” (i.e., the day of judgment) only our acceptance of him as Savior and our obedience to him–will matter. Many people think that if they are “good” people and say religious things, they will be rewarded with eternal life. Vital to know is the truth that faith in Christ (belief in His death and resurrection) is what will count at the judgment.
Notes: Excerpted/gleaned from NASB Study Bible, 1995, p 1602.