To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
The pure light of the Gospel is of the same nature as the Kingdom of which the Gospel preaches. It is founded on righteousness and justice, and its ways are holiness and faithfulness.
For the light of the Gospel shines as a searchlight in the darkness, finding the hidden things, discovering the secret things in darkness. As the prophet Jeremiah said,
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.
Thoughts and beliefs are powerful things. Jesus said that to look with lust at a woman was to commit adultery, and to be angry at someone without a cause is to murder him. Ultimately, it is what you think and what you believe that will either deliver you or condemn you to an eternal judgement of hell.
We can tend to look at our actions primarily, in the Christian life, but the unsurrendered self is perhaps the most dangerous weapon against the Kingdom, even as a believer. Yet one sinner can destroy much good (Ecclesiastes 9:18).
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. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.
This seems to me one of the most commonly referenced and the littlest truly studied passages in the Bible. It is one of the best tools for evangelism, for it sums up the entirety of the message of Jesus in one little place. It may be that it is just this writer’s perception that it is one of the littlest studied passages, it maybe that so few people do much in depths studies in the Gospels or otherwise, or, it may just be that it seems that this section is so commonly understood, it must, of course, be understood already. When we come to think over these words, we can wrongly assume we understand them all. Yet, as there is no shadow of turning in God, it stands to reason, that if we could plumb the depths of any passage, without taking it grossly out of context, and know the fullness of the weight of the words in the realm of Heaven, we would know Him much better than we know now. Suffice to say, these words are spirit, and they are life.
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When any one heareth the word of the kingdom…
Matthew 13:19 (portion)
When someone hears a word of the Kingdom, something responds, this can no longer remain the same.
In the worst case, the word is misunderstood and stolen quickly away, yet, in other situations, a greater degree of change occurs.
Consider one of the more well known “Words of the Kingdom”, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). This is more than words on a page. When Jesus spoke, he said His words were Spirit and they were life (John 6:63). There was a content in the content, a message in the message.
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He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Jesus had secrets. God has secrets.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”
It is something to think of this. In some ways, they were closely guarded secrets, yet on the other hand, they could be thought of as some of the ideas hidden in the most plain sight possible.
Even as Jesus had no earthly comeliness that men should be drawn to Himself, it was the inner, Spirit in the message that made the difference.
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One thing I have asked of the LORD, this one thing I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
that I may gaze upon His beauty,
and inquire of Him in His temple.
The House of the Lord is my home; I have none other.
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Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
[H]e is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
Growing up, spending a lot of time in Matthew, I sort of got the impression from Matthew 7:24, that listening to and following Jesus was kind of like considering real estate on the beach. You have sandy portions and you have rocky portions. In some places, there are only dunes, and in other places, namely, upon Jesus, there is a rock sticking out, and it is at this place that one should build their house, rather than upon the sand. The “choice”, if you will, was simply to follow the instructions or to live a different way, which, of course, would be wrong, and result in failure.
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An entire oak tree is contained well within a tight, easy to carry package. It has it’s own leathery cover, and even a handy carrying cup attached to the top. You could, in fact, carry a hundred complete oak trees just in your pants pockets alone (assuming you’ve got big pockets). The only thing you need to add, in order to convert your easy to transport oak tree into an immovable pillar is some sunshine, a plot of dirt, some water, and a hundred years or so!
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, that when planted, it is the smallest of seeds, but when it grows, it becomes the largest of all garden plants, and the birds of the air make their nest in it.
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The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.
The teaching of the Kingdom is a simple thing. It is, actually, the smallest of all seeds, even though it produces the biggest plant.
You could put a whole lot of effort into studying the teachings of Jesus, and cataloging them, and indeed, many have, and many of these works have been profitable. However, whether they are understood and lived is an entirely different matter.