Discourse on Judging-Preaching-Asking-Seeking & Knocking
(Taught by Andy Neckar at Community Bible Chapel. Hico, TX)
Read Matt chapter 7 verses 1 through 12
We see that verses 1 through 5 deal with judging others. Many take this to mean DO NOT JUDGE, but this is not the case.
We are to judge righteous judgment, while Matt is speaking of hypocritical judgment.
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
1 Cor 5:1-7 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
1 Cor 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
We judge if what a minister says is true. They are to be held accountable. WE judge and WE hold them accountable. We don't leave it to God.
1 Cor 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
How do we judge ourselves?
1 Cor 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Verse 6 tells us not to waste our time begging and pleading for one to accept Christ. The dog and the swine, or hog, was detestable to the Jews to whom Jesus was speaking. Gentile non-believers were considered "Gentile dogs".
Jesus called the woman of Canaan who came to Him for help, a dog.
Matt 15:25-26 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
After her reply He obliged her after she manifested her great faith.
Other verses about dogs being evil and detestable.
Phil 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Rev 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Verse 7 tells us of the sufficiency of God.
We are to ask and keep on asking, but there are qualifications for asking if we expect to receive.
Qualification # 1-No selfish asking
James 4:2-3 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Qualification # 2 We are to ask in the Name of Jesus
These two verses and five others.
John 14:13-14 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Qualification # 3-We are to ask according to the will of God.
I Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
Part of the "Lord's Prayer" says this.
Matt 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
We are to seek and to keep seeking.
We are to search after. We are to seek by inquiring. This is asking again. To seek we must first desire a thing. We seek salvation. We seek knowledge of God's Word, if we desire these things. One who truly seeks salvation and Biblical knowledge WILL FIND.
Knock and it shall be opened unto you. What shall be opened unto those who knock? We knock on THE DOOR not just any ole door. Why do we want in THE DOOR? What is THE DOOR?
John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
The sheep are the saved in Christ.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Jesus Christ is THE DOOR.
We are to knock and keep on knocking. We don't say "open sesme". We want in, we knock.
We come in the door, which is Christ. All those in Christ are saved.
Now anybody can knock but there are qualifications to be met before the door is opened. The door will not be opened to ALL that knock
Luke 13:25-27 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
These workers of iniquity are gonna knock and say "Lord, Lord, let me in", and He's gonna say, "not by the hair of my chinny chin, chin". He's gonna say, I don't know you. He don't open His door to strangers, you know.
These people are gonna say, "sure you know us Lord", and He's gonna say " you only though I knew you. Get outta here."
But we are not the only ones doing the knocking. Jesus knocks too.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
You see, Jesus knocks on our door FIRST, and if we don't let HIM in, He won't let US in if ever WE knock on HIS door. TIME ABOUT FAIR PLAY, you know.
In verse 8 Jesus tells us that if we ask, seek and knock according to the rules we will receive, we will find and we will be let in.
Then in verse 9 He come back to the subject of asking again. He tells us to have confidence and faith in Him.
He says He ain't stupid. He knows how to give us good things. If we, being evil know how to give OUR children good things, how much more so a Father who is NOT EVIL, knows how, and can, and will, give HIS children good things.
Verse 12 tells us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This is another way of saying, love thy neighbor as thyself. On this hang all the law and the prophets. The whole ball of wax.
Matt 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
On these two commandments hang the balances of eternal salvation. We keep these two commandments and we obey the law and all other commandments as spoken by the prophets.