Do I Know You?

Matthew 7:21-23Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Sobering thought to every person who thinks themself a Christian.

To reach Heaven with the thought that you might possibly be rejected and sent to Hell? To think that all you’ve done for Christ will be cast on the dung heap and your soul into eternal punishment? And the final blow:

“… I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Many a religious person will die and come to that very realization albeit too late.

When I was first presented with the gospel, this passage was given in a Bible study held in my workplace before I was saved. I remember the deep conviction that came over my soul. I will never forget thinking;

“All I’ve done for Christ counts for nothing? Will there be no reward, no reprieve, no reconsideration?”

“… I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

How could He NOT know me? Look at all that I have done! But the study ended with these verses:

Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Titus 3:5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

The Word of God clearly states that it is not what we DO but, what has already been DONE for us that saves us. It is very clear that the Father’s will is that ALL be saved.

2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

You and I could never match the requirement the Father requires to enter Heaven.

Matthew 5:20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

But then, the truth is laid bare:

Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

It is our human nature that feels we must do something to merit such a wonderful gift such as salvation. Yet, there is nothing that I merit; nothing that would elevate my worth in God’s eyes – save the fact that His love was set on all of us before the world began.

1 John 4:19We love him, because he first loved us.”

If that truth is for every man – it is for Adam and Eve as well. So, before we were ever created, God loved us.

The greatest love ever displayed was on the cross of Calvary.

John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

But that love displayed came very well defined.

John 3:17-18For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Religion is man’s way of reaching out to God. The Bible defines what true and right religion is:

James 1:27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

It is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that you and I can be ‘unspotted’ from the world.

1 John 1:7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

The finality of death forever closes the door to go back and change. The decision you and I make on this side of eternity matters where we will go when we die. To hear those words:

“… I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

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