(Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New Heart English Bible).
St. Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
St. Matthew 7:22 Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did not we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’
St. Matthew 7:23 And then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’
Being a Christian is more than making confessions about the lordship of Jesus Christ. It’s more than acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Saviour. In the passage above, Jesus made it abundantly clear that not everyone who calls him ‘Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. The Lord went further to say that some people will even prophesy accurately, cast out devils and do mighty miracles in his name, and still end up in hell! This is really sobering! How can someone confess Jesus as Lord, do mighty works in his name, and still end up being rejected by Jesus as a worker of lawlessness? Yes, it’s possible, because Jesus himself said so! Thus, confessing Jesus as Lord, and doing mighty works in his name, are no guarantees for going to heaven! That should make every Christian to stop and ponder seriously!
Why will someone call Jesus ‘Lord’, do mighty works in Jesus’ name, and still end up rejected by Jesus? Why will such professed followers of Jesus end up in hell? Well, the Lord himself provided the answer to this dilemma. Such Christians will be rejected because they are workers of iniquity (lawlessness). It means that, though they professed to follow Jesus and to serve him as Lord, they did not obey Jesus nor keep his commandnents while here on earth. Jesus calls them lawless, meaning tbey didn’t keep his laws. They professed to be Christians and to love the Lord, but in their works they denied him, living abominable and disobedient lives, contrary to the ways and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Lord describes such people who profess to be christians, who hear his teachings but do not follow them, as foolish people who build their houses on the foundation of sinking sand. Such houses are destined for monumental collapse when confronted with judgement. Such faiths that are not grounded and rooted in obedience to God’s word cannot escape the fiery judgement of God at the end of the road.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.
St. John 14:15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
St. John 14:21 One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.”
St. John 14:22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”
St. John 14:23 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.
St. John 14:24 He who does not love me does not keep my words. The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.
St. Matthew 7:24 “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, will be compared to a wise man, who built his house on a rock.
St. Matthew 7:25 And the rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
St. Matthew 7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine, and does not do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.
St. Matthew 7:27 And the rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell-and great was its fall.”
The scripture teaches that the foundation of God stands sure, and that the Lord knows those who are truly his. Those who call upon the name of the Lord are to depart from iniquity (lawlesness). God cannot be mocked, for whatever a man sows, that’s exactly what he will reap. God is not deceived by our hypocritical lip service. He looks beyond our vain words to scrutinise the thoughts and intents of our hearts, and the fruits of our lives, including our secret works done in the dark, which no one may have seen. He will thus reward every man according to our fruits, and according to our labours. God knows those who are serving him hypocritically, and those following him sincerely. He knows those who are sacrificing their lives for him and his cause, in obedience to his commandments, as well as those using his name and his gifts to exploit people and corruptly enrich themselves. Nothing escapes the omniscient and omnipresent God, and no one can fool him!
2 Timothy 2:19 However God’s firm foundation stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.”
2 Timothy 2:20 Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor.
2 Timothy 2:21 If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master’s use, prepared for every good work.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:13 There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Revelation 22:10 He said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.
Revelation 22:11 He who acts unjustly, let him act unjustly still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him do righteousness still. He who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work.
Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.
Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
In the end, every man is responsible for his final destination. Eventually, where we end up is in our hands. If we are true and faithful in our walk with the Lord and keep his commandments to the end, he’ll acknowledge us as his own, and welcome us into his presence, when our pilgrimmage on earth is over. If we are lawless and rebellious against the Lord’s commandments, even though we call him Lord and do mighty miracles in his name, he will deny us and command us to depart from his presence, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. It’s only a genuine and sincere faith in Christ, maintained to the very end (and demonstrated by obedience to his commmandments) that saves, not lawless confession of Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
St. Matthew 10:32 Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
St. Matthew 10:33 But whoever denies me before people, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
St. Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
St. Matthew 16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.
St. Matthew 16:26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?
St. Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.
St. Matthew 24:11 Many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray.
St. Matthew 24:12 Because iniquity will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.
St. Matthew 24:13 But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.
St. Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?
In conclusion, not everyone who calls himself a Christian, or calls Jesus ‘Lord’, will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Only those followers of Christ who obey his commandments and live according to his will, are guaranteed entrance into his kingdom. That much was said by the Lord himself. It behooves all who call upon the Lord, then, to depart from iniquity, as no one who practises lawlessness will be admitted into God’s kingdom. The Lord we serve is holy, and as we abide in him, he expects us to be holy too, for without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Only those who do the will of God, not those who merely confess Jesus as Lord, or those who do mighty miracles in his name (while living lawlessly), will enter into the kingdom of heaven!
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (KJV).
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance.
1 Peter 1:15 But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct;
1 Peter 1:16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.
1 Peter 1:17 And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence (HCSB).
1 Corinthians 6:9 Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality,
1 Corinthians 6:10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom (HCSB).
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