10: Test of True Citizenship in the Kingdom
As a conclusion
to His teachings on the mount, the Lord used three analogies with sharp
contrasts to show who will be able to enter and stand firm in God’s kingdom.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he
who does the will of My Father in heaven” (7:21).
1a. Record the contrasts in this passage.
1b. What is the
purpose of such contrasts?
2. What key concept lies behind all three
1a. Define the
narrow and wide gates.
1b. How can we find and enter through the narrow gate?
1. What truths can we learn from verses 15 through 23?
2. How can we
apply the analogy of tree and fruit to ourselves?
3. What is the
meaning of “I never knew you”?
4a. Why did the
Lord say that these people “practiced lawlessness” when they have done so much
4b. What can we learn from this about our priorities when
1. What do the
beating of the rain, the flood, and the winds refer to?
2. Why is it so
important to put what we have heard into practice?
1. How was Jesus’
1. Review the
teachings on the mount and list some changes you plan to make in your life.