Posted by: missionventureministries | August 29, 2011

NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN – Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ – Matthew 7:21-23

We need to listen carefully to what Jesus is saying. Keep in mind that Jesus is addressing the Jewish people. Some were already calling Him Lord, however would later refuse to accept the work of the cross.

But he who does the will of the My Father. Jesus is not speaking of works. He is speaking of ‘will.’ In another place, Jesus said, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:40

If we connect these two verses we see that it is possible to speak of Jesus as Lord, but never actually receive Him as our Savior. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast” – Ephesians 2:8-9. Scriptures does not tell us that we are saved by works. The works we are given to do after we are saved, are works assigned to us by the Holy Spirit, and these are not salvation works, they are works that glorify our Father.

We need to keep in mind the difference between ‘will’ and ‘works.’ In Matthew 7:22-23, Jesus said, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'”

Who are these peoples who placed their acceptance upon ‘prophesy’, ‘casting out demons’, and ‘miracles’ that were supposedly done in the name of the Lord? These are the false prophets and teachers. Notice what Jesus said, “I never knew you.” That can only mean that these people were not born of God’s Spirit. If He ‘never’ knew these people, then they never belonged to Him.

In the Old Testament we read the words that were revealed to Jeremiah concerning the false prophets of the last  days. “In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with  their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.” – Jeremiah 23:20-21.

The world is filled with false prophets today who are speaking via lying spirits. These false prophets claim  to speak for the Lord but their message is not a message of repentance and acceptance. It is a message of prosperity and blessings. “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive . . . – 2 Timothy 3:2. And Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:24 that: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

Jesus describes those who will be able to call upon His name on the Day of Judgment. It will be those who hear His words and put them into practice, the same ones referred to in verse 21 as those who obediently do the will of the Father in heaven. True believers are the good trees that produce good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), the true sheep who look to Christ, depend on Him, commit themselves to Him, trust in Him, and believe on Him for righteousness, salvation, and eternal life. These are the ones who will enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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