Matthew 7



Matthew 7 contains teachings on judgment, prayer, the narrow and wide gates, discerning false prophets, the importance of obedience, and the wise and foolish builders. The chapter emphasizes the practical application of Jesus' teachings in daily life and the significance of building one's life on the solid foundation of God's Word.


  1. Judging Others (Matthew 7:1-6): Jesus advises against hypocritical judgment, emphasizing the importance of self-examination before pointing out faults in others. He uses the metaphor of removing a speck from someone's eye while having a plank in one's own eye.

  2. Ask, Seek, Knock (Matthew 7:7-12): Jesus encourages persistent prayer, using the phrases "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you." He assures that God, as a loving Father, will give good things to those who ask Him.

  3. The Narrow and Wide Gates (Matthew 7:13-14): Jesus contrasts the narrow gate that leads to life with the wide gate that leads to destruction. He urges people to choose the path of righteousness and warns against the allure of the broad way that leads to destruction.

  4. A Tree and Its Fruit (Matthew 7:15-20): Jesus warns about false prophets and false teachers, emphasizing that their true nature is revealed by their actions. A good tree produces good fruit, while a bad tree produces bad fruit.

  5. True Discipleship (Matthew 7:21-23): Jesus emphasizes the importance of obedience and doing the will of the Father. A mere profession of faith is not enough; true discipleship involves living by God's commands.

  6. The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-27): Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount with the parable of the wise and foolish builders. Those who hear and act on Jesus' words are like the wise builder who constructs a house on a solid foundation, while those who hear but do not act are like the foolish builder whose house collapses.