I Never knew You!!!
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
In our previous Study, we see Jesus warning us to be careful of False Prophets who comes to us with the Bible and correct Doctrines but inwardly, they are ravenous wolves. He warns us that we shall know them by their Fruits and not their Gifts. Here, Jesus tells us more about the great day of judgment where those who have Gifts but has No fruits will be judged. Let us therefore consider it and take heed to ourselves and our ministry.
Not everyone who says to Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven : Who is a person who calls Jesus “Lord” and “Lord, Lord”? A person who calls Jesus” Lord ” is a Person who recognizes Jesus as God. He is a person whose Doctrine is correct. He is a person who has his intellect informed about Jesus. He is a person who has come to the Knowledge that Jesus Christ is Truly the saviour of the whole world. A person who says to Jesus “Lord, Lord!!” is a Person whose emotions is stirred by the Fact that Jesus is Lord. He is a person who is Excited, Jumping, singing and Happy about Jesus Christ. But Yet Jesus says, those who have a correct Doctrine, those who are intellectually correct and who are emotionally stirred May not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!!! There are many who think that because they go to church, Read the Bible, fast and pray and understand some facts about Jesus will guarantee them a space in Heaven. There are others who think that because they shout and feel excited when they hear and sing about Jesus, that definitely, they are on their way to Heaven. Far from it!!! Listen to the words of Jesus, Not everyone who calls me “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven!!! Even though You call Jesus “Lord” and You weep saying “Lord, Lord” does not make you qualify to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Then who are those who will enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
But He who does the Will of My Father in Heaven: The essence of Christianity is not to fill our Brain with Knowledge of Doctrines(Though it is important). The essence of the Christian Race is not to get us emotionally excited(though it is good). True spirituality is when our will is yielded to do God’s will. True spirituality is when we deny our own will in order to do God’s will. The knowledge of Doctrines and getting excited about Jesus is Useless if it does not lead us to deny our own will and do the will of our Heavenly Father!!! Jesus says in Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me” Lord, Lord” and do not do the things which I say?” It is Useless calling Jesus “Lord” If our interest is not to do God’s will. Salvation is by Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ but faith without works of obedience to God’s will is Dead. The Real Gospel is the one which leads to the obedience of Faith(Romans 16:25-26). Any Gospel You hear that does not lead you to do the will of God is a False Gospel. In this context, we can say there are three types of Preachers:
(1) Those that concentrate on Correct Doctrines and knowledge of God’s word. (“Lord)
(2) Those that Concentrate on Doctrines, knowledge plus emotion excitement(” Lord, Lord,). There is always a Lot of Dancing, Singing, Shouting Halleluyah, Clapping and jumping around.
(3)Those who tell You that Jesus Christ is Lord and are excited about it But goes on to lead you to obedience to God’s will and teach you how to obey ALL that Jesus has commanded in His Word(Matt 28:20)
From the above, (1) and (2) fall short of God’s standard. The Preacher who can lead you to God’s highest standard is the one in (3). The mark of a True prophet is that He will lead you not only to intellectual knowledge about Jesus, not to emotional excitement alone but to obedience to God’s will. A False Prophet can give you knowledge and emotional experience but can never lead you to obedience to God’s will. Let us therefore be careful who we listen to. And Ask “Will this Preacher’s teachings lead me to deny My own will and do the will of God?”
Many will say to Me in that last day, ‘Lord, Lord, Have we not prophesied, cast out demons and done many wonders in your Name? But I will say to them “I Never knew You”: Many not Just a Few will come to Jesus when He returns to set up His Kingdom. Many whose Doctrines are correct, Many who are emotionally excited about Jesus and Many Who have served Him with Supernatural gifts. These are people who have the gifts of the Holy Spirit!!! They prophesied, Casted out demons and did a lot of Miracles in Jesus name!!! If they had done it in another name, they would never have had the confidence to say it before Christ. These are people involved in a Large preaching and Healing and Deliverance Ministry. Yet, the Lord says “I knew them Not!!!” Do you think every Preacher involved in Healing, Preaching and Deliverance Ministry is a Man of God? Far from it!!! If you think they are, then you are one of the believers who have not taken the words of Jesus seriously. These were people who did genuine Miracles and prophesied in Jesus name, Yet the Lord says “I knew them Not!!!” Then How come they were able to do Miracles, Deliverance and preach in His name? If Jesus had said “I know them before, but now I know them no more” I would have understood their case. But “I never Knew them!!!” This is Serious. It seems to Me that right from the Beginning, He knew they were rotten in Heart, they only came to the Lord for power to gain reputation among believers. They were like the wolves in the midst of sheep. They were like the tares in the midst of wheat. The wolves may benefit from the food of the Shepherd, the tares may benefit from the the waters of the farmer. Beware of False Prophets!!! For it is possible for a Man who lives in Sin in His private life to stand up and cast out demons in Jesus name. When God gives a gift to a Man, He usually does not take it back when the Man backslides. Remember Devil has Gifts!!! You shall know them by their Fruits and Not their Gifts!!!
Depart from Me, You who practice Lawlessness! : Oh Behold the Kindness and strictness of God!!! When He Walked on Earth as a Man, He Called sinners to Himself(Matt 9:13).But when He returns in Glory, He Shall drive Sinners away from Him. Those who will not come to the Lord to be saved from their Sins now will Depart from Him when He returns in Glory. If we Depart from the Lord, to whom shall we then Go? All those who practice Lawlessness will be driven away from the Lord. Lawlessness is Sin(1 John 3:4). Sin is when we choose to do our own will instead of doing God’s will. What will matter on that Great day is whether we practice Sin or not. Those commandments you say “It does not Matter” will become Matters arising on Judgement Day!! If those who Prophesied, Casted out demons and did many Miracles in Jesus name are driven away because they practiced Sin in their Lives what will become of Us who don’t have such Gifts and Yet practice Sin? This should wake us up to Righteousness. What will be important on that great day will not be our knowledge of Doctrines and our emotional feelings but How much we have yielded our will to do the will of God. Let us therefore Listen and Follow Preachers who leads us beyond our intellect and our Emotions until we have learnt to deny our own self will to do God’s will. Nevertheless, the Solid foundation of God stands having this seal “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord Depart from iniquity(2 Timothy 2:19)
Dear Friend, How is it with You? Do you have understanding of the correct Doctrines but still unable to deny your will to do the will of our Father in Heaven? Do You shout Hallelujah and Jump around excited about Jesus but Yet Can not stop yourself from Lusting, Masturbation, watching dirty movies and lying? Only those who do the will of God will Enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Many!!! I repeat Many will come to Jesus saying “Lord, Lord” Yet He will disown them. Many would tell the Lord about their Gifts and Ministry yet He would drive them away. I beg You with the mercies of God, don’t be among those number!!! To Depart from Christ is to go to Hell. Don’t waste Your time listening to a Preacher who does not lead you beyond Knowledge and emotional feelings to the point where you can do the will of God. May the Lord give us discernment as we approach the last days to know Preachers who are not leading us to obedience to God’s word. (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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I Never knew You!!!