The Parable of the Houses Built on the Rock and the Sand
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? And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Over the years I have heard this passage preached
a great deal. In the Lutheran Church of my youth this passage
was about a class of people who were engrossed in “works.”
And I suppose that the implied rejected of Christ would
have been Roman Catholics. The problem was that my Lutheran Church
no longer believed salvation by faith in Christ’s blood, nor did
they believe in miracles, people prophesying, much less people
casting out devils so the majority of Christs words in this passage
were lost on them.
In the fundamentalist churches I later on attended
doctrinally this passage posed many problems, depending on where
they sat doctrinally concerning Calvinism and Mennonitism. So according to our modern Calvinists these works that are enumerated
in this passage are rejected by Christ because they are all false
works, and works of the devil, specifically prophecy, healing
and casting out devils. Those that are of the modern Calvinist
persuasion further argue that these people can not be believers
because once you are saved you are always saved, and one can never
lose it or have it taken away. On the other hand the modern followers
of Menno Simons who embrace the gifts and operations of the Spirit,
and believe that salvation can be lost; hold that the people in
this passage are deceived believers represented in the various
mainline denominations of our day.
And in many instances both Calvinists and Mennonitists
will preach this passage as past of a salvation message implying
that these are lost and indeed were never saved.
Pentecostals and Charismatics following their
Mennonite roots are somewhat mystified in their preaches as to
how Christ could ever reject one who works miracles, prophesies,
or casts out devils? Doctrinally in these Churches those who possess
such gifts and operations are held as the most spiritual of men
and women. So in light of Christ ‘s rejection of these gifted
people some speak of these as false gifts, false anointings and
false miracles. Some suggest these in fact were pagan acts and
works somehow tied in with the great whore of Revelation. Some
preach that these are deceived believers representing the various
non- Pentecostal and non-charismatic denominations. And some preach
salvation messages, once again implying that the people in this
passage are actually the unsaved.
What we can see from all of these views is: 1)
Not one of these churches see “believers” or “the church” or “their
church” or “their denomination.” in this passage. 2) They all
in some way find fault with the miracles, prophesying, casting
out of devils and other great works. And to do so all of these
denominations and churches put words in the mouth of Christ that
are not written nor implied in this passage, so as to either to
defend their doctrines that reject such works or to defend their
doctrines that embrace such works but they are at a loss to explain
what has gone wrong with the works as mentioned in this passage.
The church of our day has more in common with
John Calvin, Martin Luther and Menno Simons and the Roman Catholic
Church than with Christ and the Apostles. And in this case of
the groupthink of sin and death from all the churches and denominations
I have attended over the years it is clearly demonstrative that
within these denominations, churches and fellowships the blind
are leading the blind.
How is it that that in our day no denomination,
church fellowship or ministry willingly admits that they as part
of the church have lost their way? For Churches and denominations
their image and mystique is everything. Of these Christ said:
“I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest,
but art dead.”
Why did the twelve disciples
carefully list their sins openly before us in their four Gospels
and the Book of Acts? Specifically enumerating their carnality,
their greed, their lust of the wealth and riches of the world,
their animosity towards one another, and their complete lack of
understanding of virtually anything that Christ taught them while
sitting at Christ’s feet for three and one half years. Is their
any in the church today that understand why they would have done
If these twelve disciples engaged eagerly in
this type of no holds barred confession before their peers and
subordinates, repeatedly revealing their deepest darkest sins,
and repeatedly defaced themselves publicly, it would appear that
this was no accident, it would appear that this in fact was done
by design. What the twelve
disciples enacted is what they understood as: what was required of them as being a
disciple of Christ.
Specifically that Christ: “Making Himself of no reputation.”
And so they following in His footsteps made themselves
of no reputation. And oddly enough we find this identical trait
in Paul the Apostle who in his commissioning of Luke to write
the Book of Acts as well as in his own Epistles does not gloss
over his multiple sins before and during his ministry.
Why then do we not see this same eagerness in
our day for an open confession of sins and the making of preacher
and ministry, pastor and parish, elders and denominations of no
reputation like Christ and the Apostles?
Is it not because these churches, fellowships,
and denominations, being filled with pride view themselves as
being without sin or want themselves to be viewed by men as being
without sin? But we know that in 1 John we know what the Apostle says
who says (or implies) they are without sin.” The Apostle continues “But if we are faithful to confess our sins
(before God and man) He is faithful and Just to forgive
us our sins and (then and only then)
the blood of Jesus cleanseth us from all unrighteousness.”
So with those things in mind let us now begin
an examination of this passage a Lord willing the Holy Spirit
will illumine our hearts and minds that we might be able to see
things that we have not seen before or confirm once again things
that He has been speaking to us.
7:22-28 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? And then will I profess
unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord.
These words should be frightening to all large
churches and denominations.
20:16 “Many are called (Greek Klesia)
but few are chosen (Greek Ek-lektos.)”
many are called (Greek
Klesia) but few are chosen
Matthew 7:13-15 Enter
ye in at the strait gate: for wide
is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait
is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and
few there be that find it.
The many here would seem to be the Klesia or
that which calls itself the Church. The few are the Ek-Klesia
or the Ek-lektos. The difference between the many and the few
is having and intimate knowledge of Christ, or in Christ’s own
words: it is not enough to only be
a hearer of His words or to make a verbal profession of
Christ’s Lordship, but
being His disciple has a requirement of being a doer of His word.
And that requirement of doing Christ’s word will not allow one
of His disciples to be a doer of their own words or become the
doer of someone else’s words.
We need to see this being a hearer and a doer,
is something that Christ did first with the Father. So just as
Christ could not speak of Himself but only speak that which the
Father had given him, and just as Christ could not do His own
will, but the will of the Father that sent Him, this is the kind
of hearing and obedience that Christ now requires of us as his
root of the Gospel is: As Christ was a disciple of the Father
and demonstrated Him and no other, so are we as Christ’s disciples
of Jesus Christ and no other.
According to Christ the
many that are the Klesia, and are those who that have
chosen the wide gate and the broad way. So when we look at this
passage “ Many that in that day who say to Christ Lord, Lord.”
We see that the many
indeed have a knowledge of the Lordship of Christ. 2) We
see that the many have indeed made a profession or confession
of Christ as Lord. 3) And we see that the many by making use of
the term Lord Lord, imply a belief on their part that they have
somewhat of an intimacy with Christ.
And what does Christ tell us that
the many shall say to Him in that day, the many who have passed
through the broad gate are themselves progressing down the broad
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?
It is not that the many have prophesied, cast
out devils and done many works. It is that the many have Prophesied
in the name of Christ, that they have cast out devils in
the name of Christ and that they have done many wondrous awe
inspiring miraculous works in Christ’s name.
Clearly in this passage Christ was not speaking
of the Pharisees. Clearly in this passage Christ was not speaking
of Levites, or the High Priests, for what Levite or High Priest
in the Old Testament dispensed healing or cast out devils. Clearly
this is not a discussion of works as opposed to faith unless by
works one means signs wonders diverse miracles. So what we need
to see is that these people are in fact believers, for all their profession and working of miracles
they do here is in the name of Christ. They do not appear to be
promoting themselves and their ministries
We see this very passage
mirrored in the book of Revelation when Christ speaks to the seven
churches. He begins by telling each church I know thy works and
immediately end any discussion of spiritual merit, spiritual aptitude,
or the piles of sheaves that we sing about that we are to lay
at his feet.
So that both here in Matthew 7:22-28 and in Revelation chapters 2-3 the
gifts and operations of the Spirit and the sheaves that they produce
In John 5:
Jesus tells us that John is the greatest of prophets, but
that he cannot receive witness of John because he is a man. Christ
continues that He needed greater witness than that of John He
needed the witness of the Father aka the signs wonders and diverse
miracles to bear witness of him.
Here we have in Matthew 7:22-28 a people that
in the name of Christ are receiving via the Holy Spirit this attestation
of signs, wonders, and diverse miracles in the name of Christ.
So what is the difference? How can we discern
what is going on here?
then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me,
ye that work (Greek erge-zomenoi Ergon-One’s duty or office Zoe to live
to exercise the vitality of life) Iniquity
(Greek A-nomian Lawless, without law,
A better rendering
of Christ’s words would be as follows:
Then I profess unto them, I never knew you
depart from me ye that were charged with giving out life who instead
have become a law unto yourselves.
as I can tell Christ seems to be preaching on this scripture.
Ezekiel 34:17-23 And as for you, O my flock, thus
saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle
and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture,
(Claiming ownership over the gifts and
operations of the Spirit) but ye must tread down with
your feet the residue of your pastures? (So that
none can share them with you) and to have drunk of the deep
waters, (Stake out your claims to the prophetic
office) but ye must foul the residue with
your feet? (So that none can share them with you)
And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have
trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled
with your feet. Therefore
thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge
between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Because ye
have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased
with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; Therefore
will I save my flock, (Save them from who? Not the
corrupt shepherds, but Christ has to intervene against arrogant
fellow believers.) and
they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle
and cattle. And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall
feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall
be their shepherd.
Paul’s words to Timothy:
Timothy 1:9 Knowing
this, that the law is not made for a righteous man,
but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for
murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
Was not Christ
speaking of “The Lawless and Disobedient” in the Church. Was not
also Ezekiel prophesying against sheep that had taken over the
best grazing fields and the best water and had become a law unto
themselves? So Paul is
not speaking here of the law being for the unsaved he is speaking
of the law judging lawless believers, disobedient believers, ungodly
believers, sinful believers, unholy believers, profane believers,
for those who in persecution that betrayed mothers and fathers
that they died, and thir brethren. All of these have passed from
the life of Christ unto the death of the law.
2 Chronicles 15:3-6 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without
a teaching priest, and without law. But
when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel,
and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times there
was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but
great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.
And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God
did vex them with all adversity.
him that hath an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the
Churches we are in such a day and such a time as this.
10:25-29 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
(As the flock of God in Ezekiel rather than being scattered
unto the mountains.) as the manner of some is; but exhorting
one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But
a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation,
which shall devour the adversaries (Of the flock). He that despised Moses' law died without
mercy under two or three witnesses: Of
how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, (The trodding under foot the Son of God is recalling the prophecy
in Ezekiel of God judging the arrogant cattle) and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified,
an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
to be what Christ is speaking when He said “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? And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you, depart from me, ye that were charged with giving
out life who instead have become a law unto yourselves.”
While we can say with great certainty
the words of Ezekiel were forward looking into the end of church
age, from the time forth when it all began to go wrong in the
church. There is yet more to consider in these words that Christ
spoke to the mixt multitudes and His disciples.
Since we know that by Matthew 6 it was still
early in Christ’s 3.5 year ministry we can also say with great
certainty that the twelve disciples at that time had no clue as
to Christ’s impending death, nor did they have any idea about
Pentecost, the birth of the Church or their having to go it alone
without Christ physically with them as His Apostles dispensing
His words and guarding his flock.
So the question comes how at the time when Christ
first spoke these things and for the first decade or so after
Pentecost did they view these words?
This may not be at first apparent but who since
the restoration of the temple in 400 BC up until the death of
Christ had the power to heal the sick cast out devils and do works
of power? The list is fairly short. There were no recorded Levites
that were endued with healing and deliverance, there were no recorded
prophets after Israel and Judah were taken into captivity that
demonstrated any healing or cast out devils, there were no recorded
priests that did such and not even John the Baptist the greatest
of Prophets was given such powers. So to be real clear it all
began with Christ, and he in turn shares the Spirit that is upon
him with the 12 disciples and later He gives it to the 70 disciples.
So I want to point out that when Christ spoke these words there
was a very small select group of people that could do these things.
If we are to believe the testimony of the gospels,
which I indeed do; all in all there were 83 people including Christ
that could do these works.
In the Gospel of John about the same time there
is an incident spoken of:
John 6:60-69 Many therefore of his disiples, when they had heard this, said,
This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus
knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said
unto them, Doth this offend you? What and (Shall ye say) if ye shall see the Son of man ascend
up where he was before? It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the
flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they
are Spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that
believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that
believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore
said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were
given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no
more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon
Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words
of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that
Christ, the Son of the living God.
When Jesus turns to the twelve and asks them
specifically will ye go away also?
This pre-supposes that the 70 forsook Christ along with the hundreds
of other disciples that were following him.
of these 70 that forsook Christ and had presumably prophesied,
healed the sick, Cast out devils, and preformed many wonderous
works, do you suppose that on the Day of Judgment they would call
out to Christ having actually known Him saying: 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?
And what do you suppose Christ would say unto
them? Then I profess unto them, I never knew you depart from me ye
that were charged with giving out life who instead have become
a law unto yourselves.
The same God that said: I will never leave thee of forsake thee said
Because ye have forsaken the LORD, He hath also forsaken you.
six months to a year the seventy had traveled with the twelve
and the twelve had at some time had to have witnessed the healings,
the prophecies, the casting of demons as well as the signs and
wonders that the 70 had preformed. What I see by the Spirit that
this event had not yet occurred when Christ spoke these words
in Matthew 7:22-28, so that when the events of John 6:60-69 occurred
or shortly thereafter like in other places in gospels the twelve
disciples “remembered Christ’s words”
and would have been awe struck and probably filled with fear.
Why? Because He had also spoken of them (The 12 disciples) leaving
Him as well. And this probably being in the
back of the minds of the disciples was why at the last supper
Peter and the disciples so steadfastly denied that they would
ever leave Him or forsake Him.
In the testimony of the Apostles they tell us
that they fought with one another over who was the greatest. What
do you suppose was their criteria for arguing such among themselves?
With Christ as the Messiah, the heir apparent
of the throne of David being the greatest would have first been
defined by who was closest to Christ, and that would have been
John – even Peter admits that in the Gospels. And we can see an
indisputable pecking order that included Peter, James, and John
as being the most intimate with Christ. So barring that what would
you suppose was the basis of these disciples self-importance?
Would it not have been the healings, the casting out demons, prophesying
like the prophets of old, and performing signs and wonders and
miracles? Other than this what could they use to measure who was
the greatest among them?
Is it unique in the Gospels that Christ publicly
and privately upbraided, rebuked, chastised or corrected His disciples?
Matthew 19:13 Then were there brought unto
him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and
pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom
Christ publicly corrects the twelve disciples publicly before
Matthew 20:30-32 And, behold, two blind men sitting by
the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out,
saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they
should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy
on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and
said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
Here Christ rebukes the multitude
and presumably the disciples without a word.
Mark 8:32-34 And Jesus spake that saying openly. And Peter took Him
(aside ), and began (privately) to rebuke him. But when Jesus
had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter,
saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the
things that be of God, but the things that be of men. And when
he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them,
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up
his cross, and follow me.
Here Peter takes Christ aside
and privately rebukes him and Christ turns and rebukes Peter publicly
before the disciples and the multitude.
Luke 9:54-56 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord,
wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume
them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and
said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy
men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
and John were openly rebuked by Christ and any that were in earshot
would have heard this. This passage also intimates that Christ’s
disciples performed signs and wonders as well.
Luke 18:38-40 And
he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
And they which went before rebuked
him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more,
Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and
when he was come near, he asked him,
Here we see those that went before
Christ as His vanguard and this prestigious group no doubt contained
some of His disciples. And again we see them once again rebuking
people that are calling out to Christ. And Christ stands and commands these disciples and other self-important
people to bring the man before Him. – This again is a public rebuke
of these people and a public humiliation of them.
Hebrews 12:5 And
ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto
children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint
when thou art rebuked of him:
This sounds to me like
the voice of experience, one who is acquainted with being chastened
and rebuked by Christ.
Mark 16:14 Afterward Christ appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat,
and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed
not them which had seen him after he was risen.
Christ here rebukes the eleven for unbelief and hardness of heart,
and this is after his death and resurrection.
17:16-17 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure
him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how
long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
This was a public rebuke -- late in His ministry, probably after
the three year mark. Here He calls his disciples faithless and
a perverse generation. Exasperated by their unbelief He says how
long shall I have to be with you and teach you until you will
Matthew 17:19-20 Then came the disciples to Jesus
apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said
unto them, Because of your unbelief:
This is a second rebuke privately after
the fact to those who He had given power to heal the sick and
cast out devils.
John 14:9 Jesus
saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast
thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath
seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
again seems a bit exasperated with one of the twelve’s unbelief
and corrects him in from of the others.
7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned
him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto
you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Understand here that this man was an unclean
gentile – and that Christ marveling that in all of Israel he found
no such faith, included his disciples that were standing around
him. This was a rebuke to all his followers and those of the “House
of Faith” as well.
John 4:27 And
upon this came His disciples, and marvelled that He talked with
the woman: yet no man said, What seekest
thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
This passage belays the twelve disciples typical
attitudes, their running interference for Christ, and even their
rebuking or correcting Christ for speaking with those they deemed
unworthy of his attention.
Mark 4:10-13 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve
asked of him the parable. And He said unto them, Unto you it is given
to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that
are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they
may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not
understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their
sins should be forgiven them. And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will
ye know all parables?
Here Christ speaks to those that have
been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom and in surprised
dismay Christ finds that the twelve understand no more than those
who are on the outside who’s hearts have waxed gross and who’s
ears are stopped up.
Matthew 6:22-24 The light of the body is the eye:
if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full
of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full
of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness,
how great is that darkness! No man can serve
two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot
serve God and mammon.
This is correction as well
that Christ spoke to His disciples. Here He warns them that what
they were calling light was darkness. That they can not be His
disciple and love mammon.
5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be
teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first
principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have
need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Could these have been the words that
Christ would have spoken to the Apostles?
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren,
could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal,
even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed
you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able
to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas
there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye
not carnal, and walk as men?
not these have also been the words of Christ to his disciples
We like the disciples are upside down on all
these issues. We are carnal, worldly, we love the things of the
world, we love the riches of this world and we actively seek them.
We seek authority over the church laity, and over unbelievers,
we seek to be the greatest. However if any man among us exhibits anything of gifts of the Spirit
so idolatrous in nature are we, that we immediately lavish great
titles of spirituality upon them and then we make ourselves their
And in both cases with Christ and the disciples
and Paul and the Corinthians neither called for their disuse or
diminished use of the gifts and operations of the Spirit.
Instead what both call for is: the gift’s continued use.
(These signs shall follow . . . And covet earnestly the best gifts
. . .) and to that both Christ and Paul stressed out becoming
disciples and imitators of Christ, learning of Him, and becoming
In His continual rebukes and corrections Christ
sought and still seeks to humble those that would follow Him That they might not think of themselves more highly
than they ought and that those that would seek to be the greatest would become the servant of
Consider now that the church of this hour as
removed all reproof and correction from the gift of prophecy. They have removed all ability for believers to judge one another,
judge prophecy or judge their teachers, preachers, or evangelists
even by their fruits. They have even removed any rebuke, correction,
or reproof, and exhortation from who would preach and teach.
And in more recent years if someone speaks of being convicted
of sin for more than a few minutes during an alter call in many
quarters this is declared to be the condemnation of the devil.
For it is now taught that Christ does condemn, correct, or chastise
believers, we are told that He is just one of the boys, that He
winks at our sins and He just gushes with love at our slightest
glance his way.
Matthew 7:24-29 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:
therefore refers to the people who are saying Lord Lord. So here
Christ adds a detail that Hearing Christ’s saying and going out
in the ministry and prophesying, healing the sick, casting out
devils and performing many marvelous works is NOT doing His sayings
and in this passage he is calling such that do this foolish men.
now begins speaking in parable He that heareth (the many) these sayings of mine and doeth
them (the few), I will liken them unto a wise (master) builder which built a house upon a foundation of stone.
1 Corinthians 3:10 According to
the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation.
Paul tells us that Christ revealed himself to Paul, that he was
caught up and saw heaven and the throne of God. Paul tells us
Christ taught him what He taught the other Apostles. And this
passage is the interpretation of the parable of the house built
on the rock and the house built on the sand.
7:25 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.
most fundamentalist and Pentecostal circles this passage has nothing
to do with the rest of the chapter it is treated as a stand-alone
passage. And this passage has one and only one interpretation
namely: It is the salvation of individual believers and how they
fare in their walk. One reason for this is that they all teach
from the same corrupt commentaries and study notes so is it of
any surprise when we find them all saying essentially the same
reason is that the Lord Lord passage just previous does not bode
well with Luther’s and Calvin’s teachings on election and eternal
security. This parable is a further discussion of the klesia and
the Ek-klesia, the tares and the wheat and many other parables.
continues on about these wise master builders:
1 Corinthians 3:10-14
But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation
can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this
foundation gold, silver, precious stones Every man's work shall
be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall
be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of
what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward.
tells us that the foundation of a wise master builder is Jesus
Christ and Him alone. Paul then tells us the construction materials
of wise master builders are gold silver and precious stones –
materials that are precious and extremely costly. This would seem
to imply that the building process is over an extended period
of time. And the wise master builder builds in this way because
he knows that his work along with every other man’s work shall
be tried by fire. And that by fire it shall be revealed what sort
of work it is. And after the fire has breathed upon this structure
and scorched its walls and foundation if anything thing remains
this wise master builder shall be rewarded. The word IF does not
bode well for Election and Eternal security. If speaks of that
there is some doubt of this standing up to the fire, even if it
is built by the wise master builder.
Matthew 7:26-27 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: 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
everyone that heareth but doeth not my sayings I will liken them
unto a fool that built his house upon the sand.
now continues helping us with the interpretation of the foolish
ones that will say Lord, Lord.
1 Corinthians 3:10-17 But let
every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation
can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if
any man build upon this foundation wood, hay, and stubble; Every
man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every
man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as
Paul’s interpretation of the Parable of the house built upon
the rock and the house built upon the sand we can clearly see that while the parable appears
at a simplistic glance to be speaking of one’s individual walk
with Christ, but what Christ was speaking of here in particular
was about the building of ekklesia’s and klesia’s.
time of the of the Apostles what Paul said was true there were
no Ekklesias or klesias built on any other foundation than Jesus
Christ, because there were no ekklesias or klesias that had been
built by any one other than the Apostles.
Christ spoke these words concerning the House on the rock and
the house on the sand He was prophesying of a day where churches,
fellowships and denominations would no longer built upon the foundation
of Christ, but instead they would be founded upon men like Luther
Calvin and Menno Simons upon the foundations of these men others
would build their doctrines and teachings of men.
tells us that the building materials of the fool are wood hay
and stubble. First off the materials are all things that are found
on the ground, they are earthly, sensual, and of the flesh. Like
the wise the fool also knows that fiery judgment is coming, the
difference is that that the fool only cares for the here and now.
If it building is up that is all that matters.
declares that his klesia to be a work in progress, that someday
he will get around to building with gold, silver, and precious
stones, only what happens is that in the heat of the day they
have more than they can handle just to hold together their house
work is swift and is raised in a matter of hours, days or weeks.
In the belief that if they can get out in the fields faster and
therefore bring in more sheaves to lay at Christ’s feet than anyone
else. But what they are producing is not gold tried by fire but
wood hay and stubble – in other words they are producing tares
by the bundle full.
klesia of the fool appears to have all kinds of action whereas
the house of the wise begins with digging deep and the removal
of anything that is not precious or belonging to the foundation.
and the building of such a structure takes years and in some cases
life times as the torch is passed from one master builder to the
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself
shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
ultimately the fool interprets the fall of his house with a shrug
of his shoulders, having little care for all the souls that were
lost and destroyed in the klesia’s fall, believing that he can
simply walk away with no consequence leaving all of the destroyed
souls. And then he will go and experiment on some other unsuspecting
group of people until he eventually “gets it right.”
notion was taught in the bible school I went to.
I want to suggest to you that God does not rejoice when
a single soul is destroyed. I want to suggest to you that if a
preacher causes death, mayhem, and destruction, that God will
in turn destroy him.
states this in the next two verses.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and
that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man
defile (Greek Ptheirei corrupt) the temple of God, him shall God destroy (Greek Ptheirei corrupt); for the temple of God is holy, which
temple ye are.
is a quote of: If any man is froward God will show himself froward
in the verse we discussed previously:
If any man's work (Greek Ergon duty or office) shall be burned, he
shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by
fire. Clearly Paul cannot mean here
that if a man defile and destroy a church he shall walk away scot-free.
Not when he clearly says two verses later that God will destroy
anyone who does that. Paul is saying here is that God will plague
that man with fire. – In Revelation we find that a particular church’s
sin cause them to be cast into great tribulation. What Paul is actually saying If any man’s office shall be burned he shall
suffer that loss, but shall he then be delivered from any responsibility
by this fire?
that question Paul responds in like manner to the questions he
asks in Romans Shall we then continue in sin? . . . Know ye not, that so many of us as were
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
The “know ye not” of Paul is used to answer a question he believes that every babe
should be able to answer. His answer is to shame those who know
So to the question
here that Paul poses shall the one that perpetrates the wholesale
destruction of a church walk away from the destruction scot-free:
any man’s office shall be burned he shall suffer that loss, but
shall he then be delivered from any responsibility by this fire?
Paul responds to shame all those
who do not know what he believes every babe in Christ is to understand.
ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? If any man defile (Greek Ptheirei
corrupt) the temple of God, him shall God destroy (Greek Ptheirei corrupt); for the temple
of God is holy, which temple ye are.
And the answer is that
Christ will say to them “I never knew you, depart from me, ye that were charged with giving
out life who instead have become a law unto yourselves.”
Matthew 7:26- 28 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: 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. And it came
to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished
at his doctrine:
Who today is astonished when they read this parable?
When if ever have you heard this text preached and a shiver ran
down your spine? -- Yet the bible says that Christ’s hearers that
day were ASTONISHED for they saw something in these words that
we have not.
It appears that they had a momentary glimpse
of a revelation which then within minutes ran off of them like
water runs of a duck’s back, or as Paul said they looked into
a mirror and caught a glimpse of themselves but as soon as they
turned away from the mirror they straightway forgot what they
Prior to that the words spoke of those called
out to him Lord Lord and his speaking of the parable of the house
built on the rock and the house built on the sand, As part of
the same sermon Christ said: Every tree that bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
The good fruits Christ was speaking of were not
prophesying, healing the sick, casting out devils, calling Christ
Lord, or other churchy things -- the Good Fruit is hearing the
word that proceedeth from Father as Christ did and doing what
He says. – We live in a day where I daresay no one hears the word
that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father. Instead we live
in a time where everyone waves around their bibles while boasting
in their verbal professions of Christ as Lord. Are we to believe
that those that do such will avoid the condemnation of Christ
when they have clearly not even attained to being charged of Christ
to dispense life to others? These are the five foolish virgins
that did not have the oil. They did not have the oil because five
of them deemed it unnecessary, all they deemed was necessary was
that they had oil in their lamps for today, and when God breathed
upon the works of their hand and they discovered their lack it
was too late. Just as in the day of fire when those see their
wood hay and stubble go up in flames it is to late to buy of the
Lord gold tried in the fire.
Going upstream a few more verses we find in Christ’s
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their
fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Jesus here compares
false prophets and false teachers with fruit from thorns and thistles
– in the parable of the sower we are told by Christ that:
the thorns and thistles are the cares of this world. And in this parable; the parable of the wolves in sheep’s clothing
Christ tells us that false prophets and false teachers are those
who teach and prophesy from a standpoint of themselves being engulfed
in thorns and thistles so that they in effect have become thorns
and thistles. -- So that when they open their mouths and out of
the treasures in their hearts they speak forth of the pleasures
of the things of this world, and their lusts and desires for the
riches of this world.
And of these Christ said: Then I profess unto
them, I never knew you depart from me ye that were charged with
giving out life who instead have become a law unto yourselves.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people
were astonished at his doctrine: for He spoke
as one having authority and not as the scribes.
They were astonished because they sensed that
He spoke as one that would and could carry out these words of
judgment and cleaning out the corruption in the house of God.
– They sensed fire and brimstone in Christ’s words, enough to
send shivers down their spines. And this was in counter distinction
with the scribes who only taught words and speculated as to their
The Church today is filled with scribes, none
of whom none are able to speak the astonishing words of Christ
– for they have never heard the word that proceedeth from the
mouth of the father. These men that corruptly build God’s temple
in their own image and likeness rather, than in the image and
likeness of Christ -- for they have never seen His shape or form.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and the gold
sliver and precious things that you have attained in your pursuit
of your salvation.