Do Not Judge
1“Judge #Matt. 7:1–5; Luke 6:37; Rom. 14:3; (1 Cor. 4:3, 4)not, that you be not judged. 2For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; #Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3#Luke 6:41And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6#Prov. 9:7, 8; Acts 13:45“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
7#(Matt. 21:22; Mark 11:24); Luke 11:9–13; 18:1–8; (John 15:7; James 1:5, 6; 1 John 3:22)“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For #Prov. 8:17; Jer. 29:12everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9#Luke 11:11Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, #Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Ps. 84:11; Is. 63:7; (Rom. 8:32; James 1:17); 1 John 3:1being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12Therefore, #Luke 6:31whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for #Matt. 22:40; Rom. 13:8; Gal. 5:14; (1 Tim. 1:5)this is the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow Way
13#Luke 13:24“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15#Deut. 13:3; Jer. 23:16; Ezek. 22:28; Mark 13:22; (Luke 6:26); Rom. 16:17; Eph. 5:6; (Col. 2:8; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 John 4:1–3)“Beware of false prophets, #Mic. 3:5who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16#Matt. 7:20; 12:33; Luke 6:44; James 3:12You will know them by their fruits. #Luke 6:43Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17Even so, #Jer. 11:19; Matt. 12:33every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19#Matt. 3:10; Luke 3:9; (John 15:2, 6)Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
I Never Knew You
21“Not everyone who says to Me, #Hos. 8:2; Matt. 25:11; Luke 6:46; Acts 19:13‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who #Rom. 2:13; James 1:22does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we #Num. 24:4not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And #Matt. 25:12; Luke 13:25; (2 Tim. 2:19)then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; #Ps. 5:5; 6:8; (Matt. 25:41); Luke 13:27depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Build on the Rock
24“Therefore #Matt. 7:24–27; Luke 6:47–49whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that #Matt. 13:54; Mark 1:22; 6:2; Luke 4:32; John 7:46the people were astonished at His teaching, 29#(John 7:46)for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.