|Matthew 7:24-27 |
24 Therefore whoever hears [not reads] these sayings of mine, and does [obeys] them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. [This verse is Jesus is providing the formula for success — exposing yourself to hear Him speak to you and obey His commands requiring your repentance. Reading the Bible is not hearing the Lord speak to you by His Spirit. You must patiently and persistently wait on the Lord to speak to you, as you listen for His sayings, watch for His revelations, and then obey them. The words you hear that He speaks to you imparts the life of God to you: It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63.]
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall because it was built upon a rock.
26 And everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do [obey] them, shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
27 The rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell. And great was the fall [destruction] of it."11
11 Jesus concludes the greatest sermon ever preached with a critical warning! Do not disregard his teachings! You must obey them all to be saved. If you fail to obey, great will be your ruin and destruction. Only those who do the will of the Father enter the Kingdom of heaven. Mat 7:21. Jesus said he only did as he was commanded, not his will; Jesus only did the will of the Father. The will of the Father is obedience to his commands. You must wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey to ever be able to do the will of the Father instead of your own will.
To confess (say) Jesus is Lord is not enough. Jesus said he would reject many who claim to be saved Christians; many who called him Lord, who had prophesied, and even performed miracles in his name. So here are people who call Jesus Lord and do miracles in his name. They claim he is their Lord and think they are in Christ. But he told them he never knew them because they had never come to him to learn and be changed by him directly; instead they read the Bible, and listened to their blind-guide preacher. Yet he warns us: You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. John 5:39-40. See Jesus Wants to Teach You Himself for more on this failing. Confess means to acknowledge that Jesus is in control of your mind, mouth, and actions; you confess him as your Lord in thought, word, and deed. In many verses below Paul shows that believing Jesus to be Lord or God is not salvation, writing to churches of believers:
And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey and requires growth :