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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Knowing

This morning our Pastor ended a series of sermons on Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.  He was in Matthew 7:13 – 29.  There are four significant segments in this section.  I have marked in the margin of my Bible, “gate,” “tree,” “Lord, Lord,” and “houses.”  The points the pastor made align with the purpose of this blog exactly.  The way I interact with sermons, it is hard to tell whether the idea was the pastor’s or mine.  I tend to listen and then start taking notes on what I am thinking about what he said, not necessarily what he said.
In Christianity it is not what we do, it is who we know.
Gate
The point here is that salvation is binary.  That means that you either know Christ or you are lost.  The point the pastor made was that Christ does not allow theological tolerance.  It is His way only.

Tree
The world is full of false teaching.  Christ here tells you that you can tell the quality of the teaching by the fruit it produces.  This is echoed in Colossians 2 and 2 Peter 2.

Lord, Lord
This one is central.  Here people were theologically correct, engaged in prophecy, and working miracles.  Yet Christ says they were workers of wickedness and never knew them.  One can know the right doctrine, be engaged in spiritual and Christian service and not be known by Christ.

Houses
That brings us to the last section.  The foundation has to be right.  That is a personal relationship with Christ.  Nothing else matters.  That is the 1 of the binary.  Knowing Christ is all that matters.

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