6. The Wise and Foolish Builders
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders
(Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:46-49).
Watch the 3 minute animated video here.
The text of the message, with scriptures, follows the video.
Note: this is video 6, not video 1, as it says in the heading. That was a goof-up.
Are we wise or foolish? Paul calls us fools if we don’t believe and live the gospel (Gal 3:1). Christ and his gospel are meant to be wisdom unto us if we will simply believe.
Jesus says we will be judged on the last day by the words he speaks to us (John 12:48). Paul says this actually means the secrets of our hearts: do we truly trust Jesus enough to believe ALL he says? John 3:36 makes it clear that it is not only belief IN Jesus that is important, but also believing Jesus — putting into practice what he says.
This parable talks about both hearing Jesus and doing what he says, which is what James 1:22 says too. This is actually a culmination of The Parable of the Sower: we not only RECEIVE but we also RELATE and relegate what is said to our lives. Jesus says, “Why do you call me Lord and not do what I say?”
The gospel leads us into the will of God, and it is
by this that we know if the gospel doctrine
is of God (John 7:17). The gospel is what allows us
to think the thoughts of God (Isa 55:8-9).
Jesus calls us friends. It’s an honor to be known as the friend of God. But then he adds, “You are my friends if you do what I say” (John 15:14). But we are told his commands are not grievous as they were in the Old Testament. I John 3:21 lists the commands of Jesus as (1) believing on him, implying both his name and his word, and (2) loving each other
There is a saying that has always had profound impact on me: “Every truth we neglect believing, and each duty we omit doing, obscures some truth we might have otherwise known.”
This parable speaks of building on the sand. This is how most people build. They don’t know gospel truth so they build on anything that sounds good — as Paul says on anything that ‘tickles their ears.’
But our building on the Rock of Jesus means that his gospel truth becomes like a rock inside of us, and then like beautiful fruit on our outsides (Col 1:5-6).
It’s our choice if we build on gospel truth of the Rock of Jesus or on the soft, shifting sand. We stand solid in Jesus, but we dissolve on the sand of worldly philosophy and the wisdom of human beings.
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.