Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but those who do the will of my Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
I wonder. Do you suppose the Savior of mankind, the Holy Son of God either sometimes did not mean what he said, or occasionally did not say what he meant? Did He at any time fail to state things clearly or concisely?
Now I know that there are a good number of folks who believe they are following God and who say they don’t have to worry about the outcome. Some believe that the power of God is on display through them. But more importantly, they believe they are altogether safe and heaven is just waiting for them to come on up. They have a view that once they have been saved they cannot fall, or that they are predestined, never having to worry about any consequences, and just need to wait to dance in through the pearly gates. This is what they have been taught and it is what they believe. Unfortunately, they are utterly clueless as to what God’s Word teaches. They simply could not find what they practice within a thousand yards of a Bible.
But, that was also the prevailing view of most of the folks who were listening that day on that hillside in Judea. You see they were the descendants of Abraham. The Law of Moses was the business of the priests and lawyers; and they already knew what the outcome would be in the long run. It was literally cast in stone; or so they figured. It was what they had heard and had been taught since they had been pups.
There is just not much difference when you examine what the Jews of that day believed against what the mainstream in this day trusts. About the only major difference is that the people Jesus spoke to that day were not quite as good pretenders as the likes of which we might have to deal with today. Some of them knew exactly what it meant to cast out a demon, and what it was to both see and recognize those mighty works that violated physical law. That was a time of miracles. You can read in the NT about some of their contemporaries who could and did do some of those powerful things. However, nothing at all like that is going on today. This is not that time. It appears that some could cast out demons and heal.
Today we might observe a person overcome with emotion and spouting gibberish and somebody then says a sign or a miracle is playing out. Then some shaman, with one hand moving after the poor soul’s wallet, smacks them on the forehead with the other and knocks the daylights out of them. The evil is supposedly dispatched and they wind up being told they just received the Holy Ghost. What they got was something less than a headache. And all of this is done in Jesus’ name. How pitiable and shallow.
And what did Jesus actually say about all of that?
With my simple way of seeing things, hadn’t He stated that if that was your belief and what you thought served God, that God had developed a plan especially for you?
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who work lawlessness! (Matt. 7:21)
Therefore everyone who hears these Words from Me, and does them, I will compare him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain came down, and the rivers came up, and the winds blew, and fell against that house; but it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and who does not do them, he shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand; and the rain came down, and the rivers came up, and the winds blew and beat against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.
And it happened, when Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were astonished at His doctrine. For He taught with authority and not as the scribes.
(Matthew 7:22 -29)