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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 7:21-29

We have here the conclusion of this long and excellent sermon, the scope of which is to show the indispensable necessity of obedience to the commands of Christ; this is designed to clench the nail, that it might fix in a sure place: he speaks this to his disciples, that sat at his feet whenever he preached, and followed him wherever he went. Had he sought his own praise among men, he would have said, that was enough; but the religion he came to establish is in power, not in word only (1 Cor.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 7:28

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings ,.... Delivered in this, and the two foregoing chapters, concerning true happiness; the duty and usefulness of Gospel ministers; the true sense and meaning of several commandments in the law; concerning alms, prayer, and fasting; concerning the care of worldly things, rash judging, rigid censures, and reproofs; the straitness and narrowness of the way to eternal life, and the largeness and breadth of the way to destruction; concerning... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 7:28

The people were astonished - Οι οχλοι , the multitudes; for vast crowds attended the ministry of this most popular and faithful of all preachers. They were astonished at his doctrine. They heard the law defined in such a manner as they had never thought of before; and this sacred system of morality urged home on their consciences with such clearness and authority as they had never felt under the teaching of their scribes and Pharisees. Here is the grand difference between the teaching of... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 7:28

Verse 28 28.When Jesus had finished these sayings By these sayings I understand not only the discourse which he delivered when he came down from the mountain, but the rest of the doctrine, which had already been made known to the people. The meaning therefore is, that, where he had given the people, on all sides, a taste of his doctrine, all were seized with astonishment, because a strange, indescribable, and unwonted majesty drew to him the minds of men. What is meant by his teaching them as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 7:15-29

Sermon on the mount: 8. Wise and foolish builders. The righteousness required in God ' s kingdom is the subject of our Lord's teaching in this sermon. After contrasting this with various spurious forms of righteousness, he shows the ruin that results from false pretensions. This he does by means of three figures: 1 . The mere pretender is like a wolf in sheep's clothing; you cannot turn a wolf into a sheep by merely putting on it from the outside a fleece. 2 . Or he is like a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 7:21-29

Conclusion of the sermon. I. THE NECESSITY OF OBEDIENCE . 1 . Not all disciples will be saved. They all say, "Lord, Lord;" they all call themselves by the holy name of Christians; but not all can enter into the kingdom of glory at the last. For our Father which is in heaven is the King of heaven; and none can enter into his kingdom but those who do his will. They all pray, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." It is mere hypocrisy, it is mocking God, to say that holy... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 7:21-29

The saying and hearing contrasted with the doing. This passage bears internal and intrinsic evidence of standing in the original position at the end , and as the end of the discourse. Its connection with what precedes is also apparent. "Fruits" have been spoken of as the test of the false or the true prophet. And the discourse finishes with a forcible setting forth of the fact that practice, not profession, is the passport, whether into the kingdom of heaven on earth or into the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 7:21-29

The title to the kingdom. As our Lord concludes his sermon, bringing us before the judgment-seat, so should we habitually judge ourselves as in the searching light of eternity. He advises us— I. THAT BY TRUE OBEDIENCE TO THE WILL OF GOD WE PROVE TITLE TO THE KINGDOM . 1 . That will is embodied in the "sayings" of Jesus. 2 . Profession is no substitute for obedience. 3 . Zeal in the cause of religion is no substitute for religion. The... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 7:28

Sayings; Revised Version, words ( Matthew 7:24 , note). The people; Revised Version, the multitudes ( οἱὄχλοι ) . In contrust to the scribes and ruling classes. Were astonished (cf. Acts 13:12 ). At his doctrine; at his teaching (Revised Version). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 7:28-29

The impression produced on the multitudes. With the exception of the formula, "It came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings" (cf. Matthew 11:1 , note), the words are almost identical with Mark 1:22 ( Luke 4:31 , Luke 4:32 ), but the time is, as it seems, later. The oral statement of an impression which was probably often produced is affirmed of slightly different times. read more

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