The Two’s of Matthew Chapter Seven – Two Identities
Scripture: Matthew 7:15-20
Last month in November’s Bible study we looked at the two choices that we make in life. Now we are going to look at two types of individuals. We are going to look at the warnings from Jesus Christ about those who are of the truth and those who are false. There are many that dress up good outwardly, but inwardly they are rotten to the core. Always remember the outer appearance isn’t what makes up the individual, but it is what the individual is on the inside that describes him. Let’s look and see what the Word of God is trying to reveal to us.
I. The Warning - vs.15
A. The Bible says to beware. In other words; watch out for. False teaching and false living (the way we live before others) sends more people to hell than anything. That is one of the many reasons why so many people say they do not attend church. We will be held accountable by how we live before others. The sad thing today is that many people follow false teaching because it gives to them what they want to hear instead of what they really need. Read 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Do you realize that one of the major signs of Christ’s return is that of many false teachers amongst us.
II. Their Makeup – vs.15
A. Outward Appearance
1. The Bible says that they come at you in sheep’s clothing. They appear harmless, innocent and good people. False teachers remind me of a polar bear. When you see a polar bear they just lie around and play and look so innocent. You would want to play with them because they look so cuddly and soft. But if you get to close to them they will rip you to shreds. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 that Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. The Bible describes him a lot different than the way the world describes him. Remember the Antichrist is coming in peace first. He is coming with a bow but no arrows (Rev. 6:2). His true nature will be exposed later.
B. Inward Appearance
1. The Bible says that inwardly they are raving wolves. I would say that is a strong warning. The sad thing is that there are a lot of false teachers that do not realize that they are false. They are deceiving people because they are being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).
III. Their Nature and Character – vs. 16-18
A. The Bible tells us if someone is true or false.
1. The Bible tells us to test the spirits – 1 John 4:1.
2. The Bible tells us to examine all things – 1 Thessalonians 5:21.
Now we are not talking about judging the heart of an individual; only the Lord can do that. We are talking about judging right from wrong. The Bible tells us to separate ourselves from anything that is unclean - 2 Corinthians 6:17. You can’t do that unless you judge what is right or wrong. How do we do that? We do that by the Word of God – 2 Timothy 3:16. The sad thing is many Christians can’t examine what is right from wrong because they are doing the same thing as the world. It is hard to tell the difference between the two. Always remember you cannot always tell a tree or vegetable plant by its looks, but you can tell if it is bearing good or bad fruit.
Remember it’s not only important how we live, but also how our lives have an impact on the lives of others.
IV. The Warning from God – vs. 19-20
A. Bad fruit will be cut down and cast into the fire. These last two verses reveal’s the seriousness of God’s word to us about truth and false.
The question is what kind of fruit are we. Are we good or bad fruit. In other words do we have enough evidence against us if we were in a court of law to convict us as a Christian. Only you would know that – 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Chaplain C.P.F.D. / N.A.M.B.
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