“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord…”
Would you think that a rank sinner would say, “Lord, Lord”? Could you see a New Ager, a Mormon, a Satanist saying this? The fact it is said twice, is done to be emphatic. Christ would say from time to time, “Verily, verily, I say to you…” He repeated himself to make a point that He meant business. It would be like someone saying, “Look at me, look at me please.” The person would be compelled to look, wouldn’t he? So who are these people who say so emphatically, “Lord, Lord…”? I would like to present to you that they are “Christians”, or at least that’s what they were led to believe, anyway.
Let’s read on.
“…have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
See? These poor souls went through their lives doing “good deeds” for Christ. They prophesied, they cast out demons and they did many wonderful works all in the name of Christ.
Did it matter? What did Jesus respond with?
“…And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Wow! Imagine being a “Christian”, going through your life, going to church, being the head chair stacker, ten or twelve Bibles in your home, gone to seminary, casting out demons all over the place, prophesying, doing, doing, doing…then you’re faced with this.
“Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”
The most amazing thing that I read here is further down.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man…”
But weren’t those above doing good works for Christ? Here He says He will liken you who hear His sayings and do them to a wise man. So what’s going on here? First Jesus condemns those to hell who do good works in His name, then He commends those who hear His words and does them.
Am I missing something here?
I sat here looking at this passage for some time and then something popped out at me:
“I never knew you…”
What does the word ‘knew‘ mean?
to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
to become known
to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
to become acquainted with, to know
Is it safe to say that we can relate Jesus knowing you as a man would know his wife? What would this entail? Every facet, every detail, every thing in her life, he would know intimately. Everything without one iota left out. Can you say this about Jesus? It’s a two way street you know. As a husband sets out to know his wife, so does the wife set out to know him. How is this accomplished? By researching through books, articles and watching videos? By doing online searches? By asking others about him? No. By actually spending time in his presence and soaking him up. She lingers in his presence, enjoying him, reveling in him, watching him, studying him, getting to know him. Do you do this with Jesus? Do you spend time with Him like this? Do you run to His side in the morning? Or do you run to a foreigner’s side? If Jesus came back right now, would he find you in the throws of passion with another? Spiritually speaking of course. Jesus is coming back for His bride, and if He comes back to a woman who has been in the sack with every Tom, Dick and Henry around, He will be quite safe in saying, “I never knew you…”
Think about it…your eternity’s at stake.