Bible Ballistics: “BBs” #35 Wise or Foolish
Good morning to you. I was thinking today I of a passage from Matthew 7, a passage that most are familiar with, especially if you attended Vacation Bible School or Sunday School as a child. We learned the song about the ‘wise man’ and the ‘foolish man’. Not just a simple child-like song but also a profound statement of truth!
In Matthew 7:20-21 Jesus said, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Who then can ‘enter into’ heaven? What are the ‘fruits’ and how do you know what is the ‘will of my Father’.
Jesus closed this segment of teaching with the passage I mentioned earlier, Matthew 7:24-27,
“ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Simple but profound. Build on the ROCK! Jesus is that ROCK. (See 1 Cor. 10:4) The fruit is Jesus in the person of the Holy Spirit (see Rom. 8:9) The entry is Jesus—The WAY. (See John 14:60) And the ‘will of the Father’? Believe/build on the SON!!
So? Build on the ROCK or ‘FALL’. Jesus is the ROCK!!! And the fruit of the Spirit is:
Gal 5:22-23b, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance….”