“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!’
For many years as a new Christian I trembled in fear over the verses above. Mainly because as a new Christian I did not know how to study my Bible properly by taking things in context. So, if the verses above have left you doubting your faith, today I want to put those fears to rest. It is no coincidence that the above verses come immediately after the verses on false prophets. In fact, Matthew 7:13-29 definitely seems to have a theme in regards to who we listen to, put our trust or faith in, and how we live our lives. Today's verses can make some Christians wonder if they are really saved. After all, if you prophesied in Jesus' name, cast out demons and did many wonders all in His name, why would Jesus say He didn't know you? Probably because, as I discussed last week, the people Jesus is referring to in these verses are false prophets and false teachers.
Notice the disclaimer Jesus puts in the very first verse. First, He says NOT EVERYONE who calls Him Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven. BUT those who do the will of His Father in heaven WILL GET IN.