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Sunday, April 20, 2008


SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #195

"Not every one that saith to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt. 7:21)


FAITH MUST BE LIVING: We must shape our lives according to the will and teaching of God. Now faith teaches us that God has revealed His will to us by His commandments, so that what we have to do, if we wish to enter the kingdom of heaven, is to keep the commandments. Not every one who says: 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Not faith alone, nor a confession of faith by words only, can obtain an entrance there without a faithful observance of God's commandments. The just man must practice good works, and show thereby that the grace, fear and love of God are in him. "Every good tree brings forth good fruit."

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.] (1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)