The words of Jesus Christ are hard words, they hurt us but they are sobering words, they are words of eternal life. If we take them seriously and we act on them then those words will save our souls. I read the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
It is a terrible thought that people who prophesied in Jesus’ name, who cast out demons, who performed miracles will be turned away, and it will happen. There are many who have set up shop in the name of Jesus, churches, and they operate in the name of Jesus but they don’t know Him and He will turn them away. If we do not obey the words of Jesus and live in utter holiness and righteousness then we have no relationship with Him. Many preachers have received Holy Spirit gifts of healing, of speaking in tongues and they think that because those gifts are operating through them that they are saved and sealed and that they have security. They don’t! Jesus does not take back His gifts but if we do not live in utter righteousness and holiness, we have no relationship with Jesus, and we can perform things in Jesus name without knowing Him.
If we are not living in utter holiness and righteousness, then Jesus will say to us:”Go away from Me, I never knew you, YOU WHO WORK UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” What He requires of us in holiness and righteousness. Nobody who practices unrighteousness will enter the kingdom of Heaven. Many churches operate in unrighteousness, they are conformed to the world. Those people will not enter the kingdom of heaven. God has one standard and that is the words of Jesus. Even though they operate in the name of Jesus, He will say to them:”Go away I never knew you.”
Do you and I walk in utter righteousness and holiness before the Lord? Are we blameless before Him? Or are we just Christians in name? Do we just profess to believe in Jesus? Because if we are not walking WITH Jesus, He will say to us:”Go away I never knew you.”
May Jesus bless you.