Mathew 7. Forum Discussion

Topic: Heaven

Mathew 7 is the third and final chapter of Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount. It is rich in content comprised of Jesus’ thoughts as they relate to:

  • Judging
  • “Ask, and It Shall Be Given”
  • The Golden Rule
  • The Narrow and Broad Gates
  • False and True Teaching
  • The Parable Of The Two Builders

Verses 1-6 talk about judging. Somebody once said, “I am certain of two things. There is a God, and I am not Him.” That is a good thing for us to be aware of as we go through life. Jesus knows our imperfections, yet He loves us anyway. His grace and mercy are sufficient in all things. When it comes to our imperfections, we want mercy, not justice. Yet when it comes to the imperfections of others, sometimes we find ourselves judging. The Bible makes it clear that we should avoid judging.

Verses 7-11 say, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” God wants us to share with Him what we are going through and to make our needs known to Him. Asking God for the things that we need to continue our journey through prayer works. The more we believe this, the greater our influence can be. Have you ever been around two people that have been married for a long time that still say, “I love you?” While they know that their spouse loves them, it is nice to hear the words. Similarly, God knows our thoughts and our hearts, but He likes to hear us express them in prayer.

For the remainder of our study, we will look at Jesus’ sermon and what He has to say about how we get to heaven.

In the business world, this would be referred to as the “WIFM”, or, “What’s in it for me.”

All of us want to go to heaven after we die. At funerals we usually hear, “They are in a better place now.” If we took all of the funerals that ever were, and listened to what people had to say about the deceased, we might thing that everyone is going to heaven.

But what does the Bible say about going to heaven? Will most of us go to heaven, or only a few?

If we are realistic about what the Bible has to say on the subject, we realize that many more people are going to perish for eternity than will be saved. That is a frightening concept but one that is important for us to think about.

There are several scriptures that support more people perishing than going to heaven.

Let us start with Mathew 7:13-14:

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Here Jesus tells us Himself that few will find the straight and narrow way that leads to heaven.

Next, we will look at Jesus’ words again, this time taken from Luke’s Gospel.

In Luke 13:23 somebody asked Jesus, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?”

Jesus answered:

“Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell seek to enter and will not be able. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’  Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; and He will say, “I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Luke 13:24-28.

God understands our hearts. He does not want “lip service” or empty praise. He wants us to completely devote ourselves to loving Him, learning about Him, and keeping His commandments.

Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.”

He also said that loving God with all our hearts, souls and minds is the greatest commandment (Mathew 22:37).

If we want to get to heaven, here is what the Bible tells us to do:

  • Learn God’s commandments by reading the Bible. Simply doing what we feel is the right thing to do is not good enough. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
  • Show our love to God by keeping His commandments. “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” - John 14:15.
  • Repent of our sins. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” - Luke 13:3.
  • Believe in Jesus. “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” - John 6:40.
  • Confess our belief in Jesus. – “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. - Romans 10:9-10.
  • Be Baptized. “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” – Mark 16:16.

Remember that God loves us and does not want any of us to perish. That is why He sent His son.

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.

These are the things that the Bible tells us that we need to do to get to heaven. It is a place more beautiful than we can imagine, and it is forever.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18.

Jesus is preparing a place for those who put their faith in Him.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” – John 14:1-3.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 8 and how Jesus would perform miracles to draw crowds and then He would use those opportunities to teach them. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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James A Guillory

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/jhn.3.3.NKJV
There's only one way to heaven and that is to believe in Jesus Christ as the only son of God who died on the cross for our sins and that he was raised on the third day.
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/rom.10.9.NKJV

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Are there any other scriptures that talk about what we must do to go to heaven that do not fall into one of the categories mentioned above, or are there any additional comments that anybody would like to share?

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Dan
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Yes. Loving the Lord is reflected in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. We also must love each other.

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John B
Dan

Amen and Amen!

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Queen
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“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. I Corinthians 6:9-10

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