Updated: Sep 28, 2021
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INTRODUCTION. In his sermon on the mount, Jesus presents a series of teachings concerning the kingdom of heaven and its subjects or citizens. After teaching about the importance of seeking first the kingdom (Matt. 6:33-34), Jesus discusses judging, the golden rule, and false prophets (Matt. 7:1-23). He concludes his sermon with an application for his hearers–the dramatic comparison of the two builders. He spoke with authority and astonished the people with his teaching (Matt. 7:24-29). For those who would seek the kingdom first and follow his doctrine, Jesus promises all the gifts and blessings of the kingdom.