The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Matthew
Chapter 7 concludes the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus covers practical aspects of kingdom living. He covers how to approach faults in others. He emphasizes the mercy principle by asserting that how the disciples judge others will determine the “measuring stick” God will use to judge them. Whereas the model prayer in Chapter 6 largely focused on a disciple’s attitude, here Jesus covers how to approach God to make requests, believing that God has our best interest at heart. Jesus reiterates the Golden Rule, and warns to guard against false prophets who will lead His disciples astray from living kingdom principles, into ruin.
Jesus also makes it clear that living kingdom principles will not appear as the easy or natural path. In fact, He predicts few will follow kingdom principles. It will be more common for people to get sucked into following the world. The negative consequences will be severe. But Jesus makes clear throughout the Sermon on the Mount that God has gifted His people with the volition to freely choose whether to seek His kingdom and its rewards, or settle for the rewards of the world. Making good choices, following the narrow path, and avoiding false teachers will be like a man who builds a house on a firm foundation that withstands the floods of life. Following the wide path will be like a man who builds a house on sand, that will wash away when the storm rises. In each case, the focus is on rewards, consequences, rather than position in God’s family.