The following passage ends the Sermon on the Mount, and “these words of mine” refers to the words of Matthew 5-7.
Matthew 7:24-27: Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the wind blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.
The Purpose of This Exercise
“Works,” as a word, has become almost a cuss word in many Evangelical circles. Affirming constantly that we are to be careful to maintain good works, as Titus is told to do (3:8), is frowned upon. Doing so requires constant reminders that we are not saved by works.
This is not what we find in Scripture. The apostles don’t apologize for exhorting us to good works. They don’t apologize for warning us, and they certainly don’t stop to remind us that we are saved apart from works.
We are at 27 passages so far. I’m shooting for 180, six months worth.
Somehow, it seems to me, that 180 exhortations to good works, without apology and without reminders of our salvation by faith alone, should be sufficient to motivate us to follow those examples.