HERE IS A VERSE THAT OFTEN QUOTED BY PASTORS THAT BRINGS FEAR, APPREHENSION AND UNCERTAINTY TO MANY BELIEVERS.
(Mat 7:21) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

THE FIRST QUESTION WE NEED TO ANSWER IS, WHAT IS THE FATHER’S WILL WHEN IT COMES TO OUR SALVATION?
(John 6:40) “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

READING CAREFULLY VERSES 21 UP TO 23 GIVE AS THE KEY IN UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE LORD WANTS TO CONVEY.
(Mat 7:21) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
(Mat 7:22) “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’”
(Mat 7:23) “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

YOU SEE, THE KEY IN UNDERSTANDING THESE VERSES IS FOUND IN VERSE TWENTY THREE (V23) THAT SAYS, “I never knew you”. IT MEANS THAT THEY NEVER HAD ANY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD EVEN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. THEY WERE NOT IN CHRIST.

THEY WERE NOT “BACKSLIDERS”, LIKE SOME OTHER PASTORS CLAIMED; IT WON’T HOLD WATER, BECAUSE ALTHOUGH THEY ARE BACKSLIDERS, THEY ARE KNOWN BY THE LORD. AND THE WORD “I NEVER KNEW YOU” WILL NOT APPLY.

IF YOU ARE PART OF THE LORD’S FLOCK, YOU ARE KNOWN BY HIM.
(John 10:27-28) “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”

IN THIS CASE, THEY ARE NOT KNOWN BY THE LORD FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD WAS NEVER SEVERED BY “SINS”, BECAUSE CHRIST WAS NEVER THEIR SAVIOR IN THE FIRST PLACE. TO PUT IT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, THEY WERE NEVER IN CHRIST.

MOST LIKELY THESE PEOPLE WERE DECEIVED BY FALSE CHRISTS AND FALSE PROPHETS. (Mat 24:24) “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.”
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO HEED CHRIST’S WARNING ABOUT FALSE CHRIST AND FALSE PROPHETS AND KNOW THE CHRIST OF THE BIBLE.

WE NEED TO KNOW HIS LOVE FOR YOU, HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS, THE NEW COVENANT HE MEDIATED WITH THE FATHER FOR YOUR BENEFIT AND GROW IN HIS GRACE. (2Pet 3:18) “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

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