Matthew 25:13 Are You?

Matthew 25:13 (KJV)
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

There are, in this chapter:

  • Two parables,
  • One prophecy and
  • One application

Within the parables we find:
Two classes of people

  • Wise and foolish
  • Good and faithful and wicked and slothful

We also find in them two gifts from the master

  • In the first, oil
  • In the second, talents

The prophecy gives us: 
Two classes of persons

  • Sheep and 
  • Goats

Everything in the chapter ends with a judgment.
The first is judged whether they have taken oil. 
Are they prepared?

The second is judged whether they have used what was given them.
Are they faithful of slothful?

The third is judged what kind they are.
Are they sheep, belonging to God, or goats, wild in nature?

The fourth is judged what they did with their time.
Did they care for others or live for themselves?

Jesus is coming again. 

  • Are you saved? 
  • Are you faithful to the Lord? 
  • Are you prepared and watching? and 
  • Are you reaching out to others as you go about your life?

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Matthew 25:13 Are You?

Matthew 22:31 Have Ye Not Read?

Matthew 22:31 (KJV)
But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

The questions in this chapter were specifically phrased to entangle Jesus in His words. Jesus handled each question, coming at Him from different and conflicting doctrinal viewpoints, with poise and complete honesty. I think it is often best not to answer a fool in his folly. But I am not Jesus. I can get tripped up in my words. Never Jesus.

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection and thought to entangle Him with an impossible situation. Jesus’ answer addressed their:

  • Ignorance of the Scriptures and
  • Lack of faith in God

He then moved directly to confront their doctrine with the Word of God. It doesn’t matter what a person says he believes. What matters is what is written in the Bible. We can count on it that if we do not read and study the Bible:

  • We will err
  • We will not understand the power of God and
  • We will likely believe and promote false doctrine

We can’t assume we are walking with the Lord if we don’t know the Word of God and don’t trust the power of God.

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Matthew 22:31 Have Ye Not Read?

Matthew 17:13 Directly from the LORD

Matthew 17:13 (KJV)
Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

I remember a Christian friend of mine from many years ago. He and I got saved at about the same time and, though we attended different churches, we began to attend an independent Baptist church at about the same time. He was married with kids. I was newly married. One day, in a conversation at work, he expressed confidence that his kids would grow up to live for God. He was sure church and faith would guarantee him a happy future. The sad fact is that I’m just a couple of years he was divorced, out of church, and living alone in an empty house.

I spoke with a man just the other day who confidently boasted that as long as a Christian read his King James Bible, he could not be duped into believing the false doctrines so universally accepted in our world today. But unfortunately, his idea is as naïve as my friend who lost his family. Christianity is more than just going to church, doing what the pastor says, and reading your Bible.

Our text has Jesus’s disciples asking about the Old Testament prophecy of Elias’s coming before the Messiah. They knew what the Bible said. They believed Jesus to be the Messiah. But they wondered about that unfulfilled prophecy.

  • They were looking for a literal fulfillment
  • This prophecy was fulfilled in a spiritual manner

Here’s the rub. We believe the Bible is to be interpreted literally unless the Bible specifically gives reason to look instead for a figurative interpretation. The difference cannot be assumed. It requires careful study, deep prayer, and an understanding of the Bible as a whole. A few minutes with a devotional booklet each morning isn’t going to cut it. May I say that neither will reading your Bible through every year? These are simply tools to make a person believe he is being spiritual. It is not the equivalent of studying to show oneself approved unto God.

By the way, they got the answer not from reading books by the writers of their day. They got their answer directly from the Lord. (Your pastor can help you, so long as he is going to the Lord, through the Bible, and not a bunch of other guys.) I suggest that’s the only place any of us will ever really come to know God’s Word.

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Matthew 17:13 Directly from the LORD

Matthew 16:8 Ye Of Little Faith

Matthew 16:8 (KJV)
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

It is heartbreaking to me to see how often Christians, and humbling considering how prone I am to do the very same thing, make choices based on some financial or material consideration instead of a spiritual one.

It appears Jesus was broken hearted over the same thing. Jesus looked at His closest followers and called them, “ye of little faith.” 

What was the trouble that led to this denouncement? 
They were in the presence of with Jesus but troubled they had forgotten bread. Jesus reminded them of His previous provisions to the multitudes. He then moved the topic to something of much greater importance. A Christian need not concern himself for material things. God will provide that in His own way and time. But that same Christian must beware of the leaven, the influence and bad doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The priority of our lives, according to Jesus, IS DOCTRINE. 
We must be constantly aware of the bad doctrine in this world, our own conformity to it, and how it leads us into so much error.

It is worth noting that, this same chapter, the very next subject of the chapter, introduces the disciples, and us to Jesus’s church. It is not by coincidence. The best way to avoid bad doctrine is to affix ourselves into a solid local church.

Once there, beware of any influence that tempts you to leave that church.

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Matthew 16:8 Ye Of Little Faith

Matthew 9:14 Why Fast?

Matthew 9:14 (KJV)
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

There are three very distinct groups of people identified in this verse
The disciples of John
There are some believers who get started right but never grow. John said that he must decrease and Jesus, increase. These people loved John so much they could not love Jesus. Good preachers and teachers are a gift from God, but they are never to be elevated to the place of our Lord. To do so will certainly prevent one from knowing Christ as he should, even if the preacher he follows urges him to come close to Christ.

The Pharisees
These are disciples of religion. Once again, they would have started with a good foundation, the Word of God. But they moved from that to teachings about the Word of God which were not the Word of God and made the Word of God of no effect. Religion is very likely the most devastating thing there is to a real relationship with Christ.

The disciples of Christ
There were multitudes of people who followed after Christ. His disciples in fact were a very small handful of people who knew they had no place else to go but to Jesus.[1] He had the words of life.

Notice that Jesus said eventually all three groups would fast. The trouble was that the Pharisees did it because they thought they were righteous in the act. The disciples of John did it because they thought they had to. Thus, they were jealous of Jesus’s disciples. The disciples of Jesus did not fast while He was with them. They took up the practice after Jesus ascended to heaven. We do it in anticipation for His return and to seek closeness to Him.


[1] John 6:66-69 (KJV)
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

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Matthew 9:14 Why Fast?

Isaiah 9:16 Absolute Dependence

Isaiah 9:16 (KJV)
For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

The ancient Baptists were reticent to be involved with worldly governments. It is true that they lived in a different time. They knew nothing of a government “of the people, by the people.” As such, they saw themselves as citizens of heaven and strangers in the world. They strove to be good witnesses for Christ and a good testimony to those around them, but they backed away from anything resembling involvement with the affairs of this life.[1]

For nearly two hundred and fifty years we have had the blessing of living under this American experiment. We’ve had opportunities unmatched in history. But we’ve also become compromised because of it. It appears it’s time to pay the piper.

God said that those who are guided by leaders who “cause them to err” will be destroyed. Especially concerning to me is the reference to young men in the next verse. If I am somehow able to survive the calamity that looks to be coming, I am not so sure for my kids and grandkids.

Is there an answer? We probably will have to pay a price but then all believers before us did as well. The answer is simply to stop trusting in this worldly system and return to an absolute dependence upon the Lord.

I believe our Lord will return at any time. If He does not come very soon though, I would like to help those who follow to live for and love the Lord. I believe that can only happen if we disallow evil men to lead us, and we follow only the leading of the Lord as He is revealed in the Bible.


[1] 2 Timothy 2:4 (KJV)
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

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Isaiah 9:16 Absolute Dependence

Matthew 8:3-4 I Will

Matthew 8:3-4 (KJV)
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

I will; Be thou clean.

Could there be any words more wonderful to hear from our Saviour than, “I will?”

This man had, in desperation and absolute need, cried out to Jesus, “Lord if thou wilt.” To receive the response that he did would be good news. Maybe some would say the best news. This is the kind of news you publish in the papers. This is the kind of news journalist would wish to take national. This is the kind of news one would want to tell everybody.

But Jesus told him not to tell. He was instructed by Jesus instead to:

Go to the priest
That is, to the house of God as it existed in that day.

Do as Moses had commanded in the Word of God
This is the great news in our day right now. We do, of course, need to be witnesses. We need to go around the world with the message of salvation. But we need, in our time, something greater. What we need today are for Christians to engage themselves in the house of God, learn the Word of God, and to do it.

Any other sort of witness creates a doctrinally weakened believer who will eventually create an anemic and, ultimately, ineffective church.

We, of course, need more salt and light. But what we need most is savory salt and a light set on a hill.

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Matthew 8:3-4 I Will

Matthew 7:17-20 A Reason to Fear

Matthew 7:17-20 (KJV)
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

This, along with the warnings of James about:[1]

  • The mouth
  • The fountain and
  • The fig tree

ought to strike profound fear into the heart of any professing Christian who is as known for their corrupt communication, mean spirit, and bitter, unforgiving attitude as they are of Christian graces.

Jesus said that they cannot be a good tree and will be hewn down.

I understand, and I am thankful for the grace and mercy of God, which is new every morning and quick to forgive. I am grateful for the truth that we, as undeserving as we are, are hidden in the righteousness of Christ. This gives no license for continuing, year after year, to produce such evil fruit. At some point, the grace of God reaches its full measure, and the hand of God brings judgment.

Fear professing Christian. If your fruit is not sweet, fear.

And be converted.


[1] James 3:10-12 (KJV)
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

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Matthew 7:17-20 A Reason to Fear

Matthew 6:30 Don’t Hide Your Candle

Matthew 6:30 (KJV)
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

As in our day, there were at least two parties paying attention to the message Jesus preached.

The one in fact had added to their own stature
They had planned, manipulated, and worked their way into positions of, in their eyes, high achievement.[1] They demonstrated their advanced stature by eating fine foods and wearing fine clothes. On one plane it would be very easy to say that the Sermon on the Mount did not apply to them. They had, in fact, beaten this Messianic system.

The other is a group of people who became followers of Christ
While in their economy it might be argued that they could have never climbed their way into a better position. In our economy we often argue that everyone can improve their stature with thought, education, and hard work. What if the way to understand this is that it is not the ultimate goal of God for us to improve our stature in this way? We ought to work hard, there is no doubt. But what if we are to leave the thought, the planning the will of it in the hands of the Lord?

There is too much flesh in our world today. The ungodly would have always had it that way. The problem is that this very same flesh occupies the average pew in the house of the Lord.

This world is an evil place. By participating in it we add to the evil. Jesus told us exactly what to do. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”[2]

If we do anything other, we hide our candle under a bushel and make our salt less savory.


[1] It should be a matter of concern to us that Jesus our Saviour, would not have fit that mold of achievement.

[2] Matthew 6:33

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Matthew 6:30 Don’t Hide Your Candle

Matthew 5:1 When He Was Set

Matthew 5:1 (KJV)
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

We might think that the phrase, “when he was set” means when he had sat down. I think the context implies much more than that. 

Seeing the multitudes:

He set a place to meet with them
There is no way to get around the plain teaching of the Bible. God does not work through an invisible universal phenomenon. He always sets up a place.

There was a set gathering
The multitude was to gather, to come to Him. They were to assemble in an organized manner. There was one body, not many doing their own will.

There was a set message
He opened His mouth and taught them. The nature of the Sermon on the Mount is such that no clear thinking person believes it to be “off the cuff.” Of course, Jesus is God and as such He is omniscient. I know He didn’t have to study as we do. But neither was He simply responding to the circumstances or to their questions. This was a purposeful message designed to teach them very specific lessons.

God uses organization. It’s best when we do too.

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Matthew 5:1 When He Was Set