Matthew 18:1 Signs of Greatness

Matthew 18:1 (KJV)
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

If we view this chapter as a thesis on greatness in heaven, and I believe it to be a reasonable view, then I see these signs of greatness: 

Humility
As a little child…. 

Reconciliation 
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men…

Forgiveness 
Til seventy times seven. As difficult as it sometimes is, just keep forgiving. 

Humility will make reconciliation much more possible. Reconciliation happens in the shadow of genuine forgiveness. 

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Matthew 16:12 A Class All Alone

Matthew 16:12 (KJV)
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Jesus warned his disciples to beware of the doctrine of both the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Interestingly, these doctrines were not similar at all except that they were both Jewish. They were practical opposites. The Pharisees and the Sadducees did join together against their common enemy, Jesus, and then later Christianity, but they were no friends one of another. Paul used this disagreement to his advantage once. To beware of these doctrinal opposites put the disciples in a doctrinal class all their own.

The parallel is not perfect and would not imply that it is, but we have something similar within Protestant Christianity, between Calvinism and Arminianism. These two are doctrinal opposites in every way except that they are both Christian and Protestant. They unite once in a while in opposition to a common enemy, but they are no friends one of another. To beware of the doctrines of both puts one in a class all its own. It is this class I believe Baptists must aspire. It is neither Calvinist nor Arminian. The great pressure will be to embrace one or the other. Some preachers flail against Calvinism but they are, in fact, closet Arminians. Others rail hard against Finneyism as a form of the Arminian heresy, but their only answer is to embrace Calvinism in one form or another. 

I believe the answer is provided right within the context of this passage. The next verse Jesus asks, “Whom do men say that I the son of man am?” Peter’s response was, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  If we will but focus on Christ and the church He built, instead of the myriad begun by men, we will be in that class all alone. 

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Matthew 10:26 Need Never Fear

Matthew 10:26 (KJV)
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 

We need never fear those who lie and deceive and cover the truth for the sake of their own gain. Our God has a perfect insight into all of these things. There will be some who are led astray by the cunning of Satan. All such cunning will be revealed at the right time. 

When people speak evil of you, persuade friends to forsake you, lead movements against you, these were all things they did to Jesus. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord. 

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Matthew 7:28-29 He Has Authority

Matthew 7:28-29 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

The passage appears to belittle the scribes for preaching with little authority. Perhaps that is too strong an interpretation. Jesus taught as one having authority because He did have authority. If the scribes had attempted the same, it would have been wrong of them. They didn’t have any. Their function was the publication and explanation of the Scriptures. To remain there would be to their credit. To stray from there would be to their shame. 

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Matthew 6:34 See If God Won’t Bless

Matthew 6:34 (KJV)
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

When I was in Bible College, I was taught that the Sermon on the Mount was an offer of the kingdom to the Jews. The result of this teaching is to dismiss the details of the Sermon as impracticable in today’s world. The Protestant teaching that the church of Jesus Christ did not begin until Acts 2 results in the same effect. “The Sermon on the Mount simply will not work today.” Some teachers of hyper dispensation turn the Gospels, especially Matthew, into books whose application finds place during the Tribulation. It produces the same effect; the Sermon on the Mount is impractical in today’s economy. 

Of course, those same teachers will hand pick certain phrases from the Sermon and make some application. 

I challenge us that our place is to practice the Sermon on the Mount and see if God would not bless those who do so. 

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Matthew 3:9 What Counts

Matthew 3:9 (KJV)
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

It’s not that God would consider making children of Abraham out of stones; it’s meant to show how much value one ought to make out of their heritage. Even the Jewish people, who have historically been among the proudest of their heritage and have paid a huge price for it, have no real merit on which to stand because of it. 

All that really counts is our relationship with a God. 

  • Do we know Him?
  • Do we hear His voice?
  • Are we prone to obey and follow Him?
  • Do we love Him?

So far as eternity is concerned, a rock has as much chance of heaven as a Jew, (or any other ethnicity for that matter) if all the soul relies upon is his family. 

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Matthew 27:3-4 The Grace and Mercy of God

Matthew 27:3-4 (KJV)
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

Can you imagine a worse sin? Judas had betrayed Jesus Christ. He must not have thought it would be this big of a deal. He must have thought they would just punish Him and let Him go. He must not have thought Pilate would allow them to crucify Jesus. He must have thought Jesus would say something to get Himself out of the mess. 

Whatever he thought, he was wrong. His sin had betrayed not only innocent blood but the innocent blood. And he repented. He returned to the men he had betrayed Jesus too. He offered to return the money, wanting somehow to reverse the damage his sin had done. The others cared nothing for it. They had no compassion for his saddened heart. They had no desire to have the money back. They had what they wanted. They had Jesus. 

The sorry truth is that all sin is just like that. All sin is a betrayal of Christ Who died for that sin. All sin has consequences and all sin has consequences we will not wish to pay. All sin is irreversible, it cannot be undone. 

I am thankful that no sin has to end as Judas’ did. Judas’ real trouble was that he forgot the grace and the mercy of God. 

We get ourselves in the most trouble when we forget the same. 

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Matthew 25:31-32 May Our Lord Save Many

Matthew 25:31-32 (KJV)
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

I see the parables of Matthew 25 like this;
The virgins
Preparation for the Lord’s return. I believe it to be prior to the rapture and refer to our age. 

The talents
Christian life. I believe this to be still prior to the rapture and speak of our service to Christ today. 

The sheep and goats
This is not a parable but an event. It takes place after the Great Tribulation period, when Jesus comes to set up his kingdom. It is a terrible time for the lost. 

May our Lord save many, many more from this day. 

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Matthew 19:4-5 Male and Female

Matthew 19:4-5 (KJV)
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Have ye not read?

This is not the first time the subject had been addressed by the Lord and it is not an original problem to be addressed. The Old Testament clearly answers these questions for them.

Some of the earliest lessons in the Bible, Genesis 1-2, address these issues: 

  • He made them male and female
  • He made them for marriage and
  • He made them to be one flesh

The question in Matthew 19 concerns, at least at the first, the question of divorce. A careful reading reveals that it also deals with the problem of homosexuality. 

  • He made them for marriage, male and female. He did not make for Adam another man. 
  • He made them to be one flesh. This can never be true of same sex couples. 
  • He made them to be for us for a lifetime. And we know this is never the case of the same sex crowd. 

To approve of any union besides the marriage of a male and female is to flatly deny the Bible. 

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Matthew 17:21 This Kind

Matthew 17:21 (KJV)
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

This kind… I am of the opinion that there are some who make the focus of spiritual warfare too spectacular. They see passages such as this and develop extra biblical doctrine and practice so that they too can experience spectacular deliverances. 

As I see it, there are just three strongly demonic demonstrations in man’s history:

  • In Genesis six, just before the flood
  • In the Gospels, just before the Cross and
  • In the Revelation, just before the end of this world

In each case the devil knew he had but a short season to work. They were extreme measures for what the devil saw as extreme times. 

This is not to say that there is no demonic activity in these days. The devil is very active in:

  • Destroying families, 
  • Developing false prophets, teachers churches and antichrist’s, and 
  • Dominating politics and politicians. 

We err when we look for demonic activity in “the lunatics” but fail to see it in the agendas of evil. 

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