Matthew 7

Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Ask. Manmade religion says, “Don’t ask questions,” but Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive.” Asking questions is how we grow, but we can distinguish good and bad questions. A good question leads you to good places, while a bad question produces quarrels and strife (2 Tim. 2:23).

A bad question is one that causes you to draw on your own finite understanding instead of trusting in God and his unlimited understanding (Jer. 17:5-8). When the serpent asked, “Did God really say?” he was asking a bad question that took Adam and Eve to a bad place (Gen. 3:1).

A bad question points you away from Wisdom, distracts you from Truth, and keeps you from finding the Answer. Sometimes bad questions are sold with the line “they make you think.” But they don’t make you think, they make you doubt. They replace faith with uncertainty and distract you from Jesus. Have nothing to do with such questions and discussions.

God made us innately curious because he knew our curiosity will ultimately lead us to him. We are defined by the questions we ask so ask good questions. And don’t be afraid to take your questions to the Holy Spirit.

Further reading: “Questions ain’t questions

Matthew 7:23

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

You who practice lawlessness. In the new covenant, faith is described as a rest (Rom. 4:5, Heb. 4:3), while unbelief is described in terms of actions and verbs like practicing lawlessness.

Unbelief is resisting the Holy Spirit and clinging to worthless idols (Acts 7:51, 14:15). Unbelief is rejecting Jesus (John 3:36) and denying the Lord (Jude 1:4). It’s thrusting away the word of God and judging yourself unworthy of life (Acts 13:46). It’s suppressing the truth (Rom. 1:18) and delighting in wickedness (2 Th. 2:12). It’s turning away (Heb. 12:25), going astray (2 Pet. 2:15), and trampling the Son of God underfoot (Heb. 10:29).

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