Matthew 7 21~23 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. "Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? "And then I will declare to them, ?I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!
There were those who preached in the name of Christ, but did not preach Christ as Savior; those that preached 'Lord Lord' and will proclaim this once they face Christ and but were never known by Christ. Some were casting out demons in Christ's name, but themselves were not of Christ themselves. Some had performed many wonders that were seen by others that they were of Christ, but themselves were not. There were many who hoped and believed they would be called, some of them who even preached the name of Christ in their sermons, but were not resting in Christ, not witnessing for Christ or promoting His Kingdom. They were not concerned about preaching the gospel; after all they themselves never heeded to the call of the gospel in their own lives. Was not their own concern about pleasing men and drawing attention to their own self-righteousness. The Savior goes on to say that many, on the fact of a mere profession, would claim admittance into his kingdom.
As grand as that outward profession of religion, that list of self-righteous acts, such remarkable words of wisdom; will not place their foot any closer to the steps to Heaven, without a genuine conversion of their soul.
A man may preach from the pulpit, appear to have many gifts and been called to ministry; and yet himself be a wicked and sinful man himself in need of salvation. He may preach grace but be without grace himself; he may preach about sin, but still be in sin himself; he may preach about mercy, but himself still needing mercy for his own soul and not know it. Many including himself may believe they have attained a place in Heaven, because they have a good reputation among religious professors, keeping the traditions and ordinances set up my man, as if this would atone for their sin.
Christ said it is He who does the will of my father, the Fathers will is to recognize you are a sinner in need of salvation, only found through Jesus Christ. It is God's will, that we believe or trust in Jesus Christ, that we repent of our sin, that we desire to live a holy life, that we love one another. Those that have no more than a mere profession, he does not accept, nor will he own them in the great day.
To come face to face with Christ only to be told 'I never knew you; depart from Me' and then to be cast into Hell, how truly sad it is. It is terrible to come so close to the word and yet never justified, to have all at your finger tips and end up with nothing but Hell; but how many will be in this place. Here it says that 'many'; oh many will their be.