Michael Colunga (8 March 2011)
"Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven..Mat 7-12-29"

Hello, John and Doves,
If I understand you, Mary Anna, you wish to know the unmoving point of meaning to these
scriptures, where tension meets tension, truth meets truth.
Suppose we consider that these verses are an invitation to the Kingdom of God--and the proper
method of acceptance of it.  These verses, in themselves, do not aim to teach anything new.
They are a riddle that is only correctly answered by the New Covenant.
As such, a careful reading of both Romans and Hebrews would shed light on just what is the
New Covenant in Christ's Blood.  May I recommend the commentaries by J. Vernon McGee?
He is known for putting the cookies on the bottom shelf.  Later, you can matriculate to the
John MacArthur and Chuck Missler commentaries.
In HaShem,
Mike C.
Mary Anna (7 March 2011)
""Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven.."Mat 7-12-29"

Dear Family Folks of Five-Doves,

Each week, pastor emails parishioners his sermon scripture for the coming sermon.  This one gave me pause to reflect on again.
Prayerfully yours,
Mary Anna

"Here is how Jesus¹ Sermon concludes,
"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  .................................
       Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?' Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.' Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell -- and great was its fall!²
Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes."(Matt. 7:12-29).

I wonder if this concluding passage is a good example of the challenge we face with the Sermon. On the one hand, there are familiar and comforting sections, and on the other, there are some provocative, even off-putting statements from Jesus. How do these fit together?

As always, I look forward to your questions and comments, and I look forward to seeing you in worship.

Peace and best wishes,
David Keck
Pastor, College Presbyterian Church
Chaplain, Hampden-Sydney College