Parable: Wise man built his house upon a rock; foolish man built upon sand.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his seed in us, and we will overcome all sins.

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1. Introduction for the parable from Matthew.

"Matthew 7:21 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." Jesus tells this to religious people. They say Lord, Lord; Jesus, Jesus; with their mouth, but they will not do what he tells them to do. Jesus tells them that they must do the will of God the Father in heaven. What is the will of the Father? 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 says, the will of God the Father is in the commandments given by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is for our sanctification. We should abstain from fornication and keep our body in sanctification and honor, but not in lust. If not, the Lord will avenge such people. God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. So, Jesus says, rather than praising Jesus by our mouth, live a righteous life. It is the will of God the Father. "22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." These were servants of God, who were baptized by the Holy Ghost and were given the gifts to prophesy, to heal the sick, to cast out the devil, and to do miracles. But actually, God and the angels were doing these miracles behind them. And so, these are not their works, even though God uses them to reach the common people. Then, what are their works? They do not obey Jesus Christ in their life, and so, their work was rebellion and they were sinners exploiting people, as in Psalms 68:18. So, Jesus has rejected them as workers of iniquity, inspite of the fact that the common people think that they are true servants of God.

2. Introduction for the parable from Luke.

"Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Here, Jesus Christ divides people into two groups even before they do anything. Their souls and hearts are either good or evil. Good people will do and say good things, and evil people will do and say evil things. It is what they are. "46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Jesus asked them straight to their face that why do they call him Lord, Lord, but do not do what he tells them to do. These are religious people, give an appearence of being good, but they are evil. So, Jesus Christ locates these two groups of people in church; one is good and godly; and the other is evil and religious.

3. The Parable in Matthew and in Luke.

In the introduction of the parable, we saw that these people are religious; even serve God, they praise the Lord Jesus; they look great as godly people; but in their life they will not do what Jesus Christ tells them to do. But some of them do what he tells them to do in their life. So, there are good people. "Matthew 7:24 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." Most preachers say that Jesus is the rock and ralley aroud his name. But in this context, Jesus is not the rock. His word, the will of God the Father, and his commandments are the rock. What we do in obedience to him, is building our eternal house on the rock. And our house will withstand any attack of the devil, the world, and the flesh. Disobeying God is building the house on the sand. It cannot withstand any attack and it will fall, and the destruction will be great. "Luke 6 says, 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." Obeying Jesus Christ is building our eternal house on the rock.

4. What is the rock or what is sand?

Obeying Jesus is building on a rock; it is wisdom; and disobeying Jesus is foolishness. This parable is at the end of the sermon on the mount. So, it could be the substance of his entire sermon. Jesus says that they call him Lord, but they do not do what he tells them to do. Lord is master and servants must obey the master. Obeying is not just agreeing with him, but we must do what he tells us to do. Jesus says that the man "digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock:" It is a parable; here the rock is his word; so dig deep into his word; and lay the foundation of our lives deep into his word. His word is his commandments. But please, do not make Jesus Christ as a rock to build upon him. It appears that we love and adore him. But in reality, calling the almighty God, who is the creator of the universe as a rock, is an insult to him. It is foolishness and ignorance. They will say Lord, Lord, Jesus, Jesus, and rally around his name, but they will not do what he tells them to do. Preachers preach that Jesus Christ is rock, by pulling some other scripture out of its context, and make him an idol, or a platform to build their house. Nobody can do that. Don't ralley around, calling him Lord, Lord; but rather obey him; do what he tells you to do. That is building on the rock.

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