June 27, 2021 | A Better Treasure | Does He Know You? | Matthew 7:21-27
We are concluding our journey through the sermon on the Mount. The Kingdom Life reveals our need for a righteousness that is far greater than religion and power much greater than our own efforts. We need the perfection of Jesus to cover us and the power of the Holy Spirit to fill us.
Remember that this Kingdom life isn’t for the overzealous, varsity, super Christian. This life is the call and aims for every believer. As Jesus concludes the message He gives an invitation to examine our own life and calls us to a decision. Everyone must respond!
27 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:21-27 (ESV)
Jesus’ words here are freighting! Jesus says not everyone who claims that they are Christians will in fact be saved in the end. Jesus says, “on that day” in reference to the final judgment. “On that day” Jesus will be the judge and render the final verdict and many, not few, will be utterly shocked!
These are not people who know they are lost and don’t care. These are people who are lost but do not know it! This is why we must make certain of our salvation. This is why Paul says in 2 Cor. 13:5, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”
Some of you reading this post are going to realize that you are not a believer, some of you will recognize that you are not saved, or never been baptized.
Here are the three marks of those who are deceived:
- They confess Jesus with their lips but have never submitted their lives. The person Jesus is describing here in this passage is a person that has belief in Jesus but has never truly relinquished the reigns of their life to Him! Sure Jesus is a part of their life but they are not all in with Jesus as LORD. These are people who prayed the prayer, go to church, good people, even will serve but do not fully embracing Jesus and His Word to govern their life. They dismiss, excuse or our right reject the commands of Jesus that don’t fit their life.
- They practice religion for Jesus without a personal relationship with Jesus. These are people who were a part of some really great things. These are deacons, mission trip attenders, Life Group leaders, people of religious status. Jesus is showing us that those who are deceived will say the right things about the Lord, they’ll use a lot of eternal language or narrow gate language, but they have not submitted themselves to the authority of the Lord. The point is this: not everyone who uses the right language has the right relationship. The problem is not your lack of religious activity in Jesus’ name, what is missing is a personal relationship with Him! What a tragedy is to spend life in proximity to and religiously serving a Jesus that you really have never truly met.
- They build a life with Jesus but not a life on Jesus. Jesus is saying the person that submits to this Kingdom life is wise because he is building his life on the only foundation that can withstand and endure through the challenges of the narrow road and ultimately the storm of God’s wrath that is coming.
Jesus’ final verdict will be either one of two statements: Depart from me you workers of inequity or well done my good and faithful servant.
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