“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Matt. 7: 21-23
I don’t know about you, but this verse is pretty scary to me. At the very least, it’s one that should give us all pause…
Seems a bit crazy doesn’t it? That this Jesus who’s so full of love and forgiveness would tell certain people to depart from him? That he never knew them?
Who are these people? This passage is pretty clear: they are defined as workers of LAWLESSNESS.
In 2 Thess. 2:8, Satan is also described as “the LAWLESS one.”
What does it mean to be lawless? It means to be without God’s Torah. Commonly translated ‘law,’ this word actually means ‘instructions’, and they are given throughout the book we call the “Old Testament” today.
(Side note: There’s actually no “Old Testament” or “New Testament”. It’s really just ONE testament. The book we call the Old Testament was the Bible to the people we read about in the book we call the New Testament. It’s important to remember that they didn’t have a “New Testament.” All they had were the OT Scriptures.)
Yahshua plainly says that at his return, many people who claim to have prophesied, cast out demons, and done many other “mighty works” in his name will be turned away.
I don’t want to be one of those people, and my guess is that you probably don’t either. Join me in prayer as we ask the Father to search our hearts and reveal to us the areas requiring repentance:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps. 139: 23-24
May we turn back to him now so that we are not turned away from him later…
This is day 28 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 28.