Good Gifts

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Matthew 7:9-11  (Also found in Luke 11:11-13)
9] Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10] Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Luke adds “Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?” (11:12)

11] If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall
your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Luke says “how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (11:13)

The Fruit

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Matthew 7:16-20  (Also found in Luke 6:43-44)

You shall know them by their fruits. 

Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?

Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.

Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.

Matthew 12:33-37

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.  

But I say to you, That every idle word that men speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

Few Be Saved

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Luke 13:22-30  
Jesus went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

Someone: Lord, are there few that be saved? 

Jesus (to the group): Strive to enter in at the strait (narrow) gate: for many will seek to enter in and shall not be able. 

Jesus explained further with a parable.

After the master of the house has risen and shut the door, you will stand outside and knock at the door. 

You: Lord, Lord, open unto us.

The master of the house: I don’t know where you are from.  

You: We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you have taught in our streets.

The master: I don’t know where you are from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.  And, behold, some who are last shall be first, and some who are first shall be last.

The Mote in the Eye

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Matthew 7:3-5 (Also found in Luke 6:41-42)

Why do you behold the mote (a speck of dust) that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye? 

Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? 

You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then you shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.

The Lilies of the Field

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Matthew 6:28-30  
28] And why do you take thought for raiment (clothing)? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
toil not, neither do they spin:

29] And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30] Wherefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into
the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 

The Eye

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Matthew 6:22-23 (Also Luke 11:34-36)
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye is good, your whole body shall be full of light. 

But if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 

Luke adds, If your whole body therefore is full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle gives you light.