Okay, so I don’t post often.  Part of that is because, I like to do a bit of research on topics before I jump into them.  Also, I’m trying to dig into stuff that most Christian know very little about.  And I’ve been literally going through the Bible a chapter at a time covering topics.  My next planned post was going to be on the Table of Nations–but. . .

In my personal Bible study, I’ve really come into something that needs to be talked about more in the Church today.  It’s a topic that most people don’t like to talk about and at most when we talk about it, we skim the surface like a pebble across a pond, not dive into it and plunge its depths.  So, I’m skipping the OT commentary for a while and jumping into the NT.  What I’m talking about is Matthew 7:21-23.

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. 22Many 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?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Whoa!  There it is!  Did you catch it?  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven”.  Wow!  That means a lot of people who think they’re saved now, will be sorely disappointed come that Day.

In verse 22, he goes on to say that many will say “‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform miracles?’  Then, I will tell them plainly, I never knew you.  Away from me you evildoers!”

To be totally honest, this verse has always made me a little uneasy.  I mean, you think you’re saved on that you’re on the Glory Land Way.  Right?  And then boom!  Jesus just pulls the rug right out from under you. 

But, I don’t quite think it works that way, either.  Jesus gives us several points here that we need to take into consideration.

In verse 23, he calls them “evildoers”.  Well, who are evil doers?  The obvious answer is those who do evil.  Those who rebel against the Law and God.  It is possible to go to Church on Sunday and live like hell on Saturday.  Conversely, he says in verse 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”.

So, who’s going to heaven?  The one who does the will of the Father.  That’s right.  So what is the will of the Father?  This doesn’t necessarily mean finding the “will” for your life like whether or not to take that job offer.  No, this is about doing the basic will of God.  Let’s bounce back to the OT for just a second and look at Deut 10:12

12 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

The will of God is that we fear Him, we walk in ALL His ways, love Him and serve Him and to observe His commands.

One last thought.  If you go back to Matt 7:15-20, we learn that you can tell a tree by its fruit.  And that every tree that  does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions.  But I do set goals.  This year, I hope to bear more good fruit in my life and I hope you will too.

May God shower his blessings on you

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