The persistence being the taught in Matthew 7:6-12, is emphasized through forceful repetition. The exercise of good judgement, a proper understanding of how to serve others, and when to avoid those who would treat what is holy like a swine or a dog, are all taught here as Christ begins the conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount. We are to Ask, and not only Ask but Seek the proper answers, and when seeking to Knock, so as to open closed doors of understanding, opportunity, and even self-awareness to the revealed truth and blessing of the Law and the Prophets being fully disclosed and demonstrated by and in Christ. In Christ we are to be persistent in doing good.
Beginning at v1 of the chapter Christ’s instruction is on “Persistence in Doing Good.” The Golden Rule as stated in Matt 7:12, is qualified by the whole proceeding sermon. The blessings of being in a persistent covenantally blessed relationship with Christ (Matt 5:1-12). Understanding the righteousness of the Law, not only as it was expressed in the OT, but how it is being fulfilled in Christ in the NT (Matt 5:13-20). How temporal blessings can interfere with true righteousness and service to God and our fellow man (Matt 5:21-6:34).
Christ in the closing of his inaugural address as the Messiah of Promise through the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb 13:20-21), addresses the nature of righteousness in human relationships according the Law and the Prophets (v12b). The ability to adopt and practice (which is the definition of Persistence) “Doing Good,” requires surrender to the Author of every good and perfect gift (James 1:16-17), which in accomplished in us as we are conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:28-30), because we are the workmanship of God created in Christ Jesus for Good Works (Eph 2:10).
- Good Judgement
(Prov 11:22, 23:9, 26:11; Matt 15:26; Phil 3:2; Rev 22:15)
- Persistence Defined
(Pro 2:3-6; Isaiah 55:6-9; James 1:2-8)
- Doing Good
(1 Cor 13; Romans 5:8ff; 1 John 18-23)