EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 17 – The Two Foundations

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter  17

THE TWO FOUNDATIONS

Matthew 7:24-29 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Verse 25. “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

Verse 26. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Verse 27.“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

      Verses 28 and 29. “When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

It is fitting that within this concluding statement, Jesus tells His disciples, both, then and now, that it is the wise man or woman, who hears His teachings and acts on them.

We must pay close attention.  Jesus has warned His disciples, ahead of time, “the rains, winds and floods are coming” and they will slam against your “house”.  We must act on His Words so that our “house will not fall because it has been founded on the rock”.

Although, this teaching can be applied to “everyone who hears these words of His and acts on them, Jesus said these Words, specifically, to His disciples.

The gravity of this teaching must not slip past us.

Keeping in context of Jesus’ teaching to this point:  As it was in our previous chapters concerning “The Wide and Narrow Gates” inMatthew 7:13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction;  

Knowing a Tree by its Fruit”, in Matthew 7:19“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.;

So it is in this chapter, “The Two Foundations”, found in Matthew 7:2425. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

Please, beware pastors and teachers: You are held to a stricter accountability.

Please, beware Christians and church leaders: “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Your righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and the Pharisees or you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

This is the concluding statement of ‘teaching-by-the-saying’ of His Word.  Next, Jesus will begin to teach us by demonstrating and performing His Word. We will see the Word of Jesus, in action!

We must pay close attention, because Jesus has told us that, “he who believes in Him, shall do the works He does; and he will do even greater works ; because Jesus has gone to the Father”.  (John 14:12).  The kingdom is now at hand!

Your Brother and Friend

Mike Young

Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”

Please remember to click the blue italicized links in each chapter, in order to get the important details on these Bible teachings)

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(The previous episode can be found at “A Tree and its Fruit – False Prophets”)

(Please also notice, you can listen by podcast as you read along.  You can pause the audio in order to click the links for details and references, which are necessary for the entire teaching)

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