Matthew 7* Christ reproves rash judgment. (1-6) Encouragements to prayer.(7-11) The broad and narrow way. (12-14) Against false prophets.(15-20) To be doers of the word, not hearers only. (21-29)1-6 We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but notmake our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, norpass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must notmake the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those whoquarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allowthemselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while othersare as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that thereis any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in theeye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful anddangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out.That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in ourbrother's eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us tocall a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in asinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that aman should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but thegod of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule forreprovers; first reform thyself. 7-11 Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need.Pray; pray often; make a business of prayer, and be serious andearnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms. Ask, as a travellerasks the way. Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost;or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls. Knock, as hethat desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. Sin hasshut and barred the door against us; by prayer we knock.Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, shall be givenyou, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more?This is made to apply to all that pray aright; every one thatasketh receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich orpoor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, allare alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith.It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents, andtheir readiness to give their children what they ask. Parentsare often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what weneed, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us neversuppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuseto hear, or give us what would be hurtful. 12-14 Christ came to teach us, not only what we are to know andbelieve, but what we are to do; not only toward God, but towardmen; not only toward those of our party and persuasion, buttoward men in general, all with whom we have to do. We must dothat to our neighbour which we ourselves acknowledge to be fitand reasonable. We must, in our dealings with men, supposeourselves in the same case and circumstances with those we haveto do with, and act accordingly. There are but two ways rightand wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven and the way to hell;in the one or other of these all are walking: there is no middleplace hereafter, no middle way now. All the children of men aresaints or sinners, godly or ungodly. See concerning the way ofsin and sinners, that the gate is wide, and stands open. You maygo in at this gate with all your lusts about you; it gives nocheck to appetites or passions. It is a broad way; there aremany paths in it; there is choice of sinful ways. There is alarge company in this way. But what profit is there in beingwilling to go to hell with others, because they will not go toheaven with us? The way to eternal life is narrow. We are not inheaven as soon as we are got through the strait gate. Self mustbe denied, the body kept under, and corruptions mortified. Dailytemptations must be resisted; duties must be done. We must watchin all things, and walk with care; and we must go through muchtribulation. And yet this way should invite us all; it leads tolife: to present comfort in the favour of God, which is the lifeof the soul; to eternal bliss, the hope of which at the end ofour way, should make all the difficulties of the road easy tous. This plain declaration of Christ has been disregarded bymany who have taken pains to explain it away; but in all agesthe real disciple of Christ has been looked on as a singular,unfashionable character; and all that have sided with thegreater number, have gone on in the broad road to destruction.If we would serve God, we must be firm in our religion. Can weoften hear of the strait gate and the narrow way, and how fewthere are that find it, without being in pain for ourselves, orconsidering whether we are entered on the narrow way, and whatprogress we are making in it? 15-20 Nothing so much prevents men from entering the straitgate, and becoming true followers of Christ, as the carnal,soothing, flattering doctrines of those who oppose the truth.They may be known by the drift and effects of their doctrines.Some part of their temper and conduct is contrary to the mind ofChrist. Those opinions come not from God that lead to sin. 21-29 Christ here shows that it will not be enough to own himfor our Master, only in word and tongue. It is necessary to ourhappiness that we believe in Christ, that we repent of sin, thatwe live a holy life, that we love one another. This is his will,even our sanctification. Let us take heed of resting in outwardprivileges and doings, lest we deceive ourselves, and perisheternally, as multitudes do, with a lie in our right hand. Letevery one that names the name of Christ, depart from all sin.There are others, whose religion rests in bare hearing, and itgoes no further; their heads are filled with empty notions.These two sorts of hearers are represented as two builders. Thisparable teaches us to hear and do the sayings of the Lord Jesus:some may seem hard to flesh and blood, but they must be done.Christ is laid for a foundation, and every thing besides Christis sand. Some build their hopes upon worldly prosperity; othersupon an outward profession of religion. Upon these they venture;but they are all sand, too weak to bear such a fabric as ourhopes of heaven. There is a storm coming that will try everyman's work. When God takes away the soul, where is the hope ofthe hypocrite? The house fell in the storm, when the builder hadmost need of it, and expected it would be a shelter to him. Itfell when it was too late to build another. May the Lord make uswise builders for eternity. Then nothing shall separate us fromthe love of Christ Jesus. The multitudes were astonished at thewisdom and power of Christ's doctrine. And this sermon, ever sooften read over, is always new. Every word proves its Author tobe Divine. Let us be more and more decided and earnest, makingsome one or other of these blessednesses and Christian gracesthe main subject of our thoughts, even for weeks together. Letus not rest in general and confused desires after them, wherebywe grasp at all, but catch nothing.
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