Lesson 25

Not everyone who confesses that Jesus is lord will enter the Kingdom of heaven. We must be living a life that reflects the caricature of God. Developing and demonstrating His good fruits in our lives, showers His love on those we interact with. Jesus told us to live out the Fathers love for the world to experience. When we get it right it will bring praise and honor to God for His blessings that come through His servants. We will undoubtedly fail frequently at demonstrating His love as love is not just a one-time occurrence. Displaying the love of God requires ongoing effort and a lot of trial and error. The important thing is that we don’t stop trying. We have all the tools we need to get it right as the Spirit will guide us in our efforts. What reward is waiting for those who overcome? What will happen to those who give up and stop trying? 

Matthew 7:15-28 New American Standard Bible
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and its collapse was great.” 28 When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching;

Matthew 5:15-16 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

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