Sunday, 14 February 2021.
Title: Saved or Self Deceived?
By Elder Yu Chin Shie

Matthew 7:21 – 23

  1. 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.
  2. Many 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?
  3. Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Matthew 7:21-23 is arguably the scariest or most terrifying passage of scripture.

All church goers look forward to be ushered into the kingdom of God, or Heaven when they depart from this world. We all know from scripture that heaven is a real place where the believers will dwell with God forever, a place of great beauty and filled with Peace, Joy and Praise, where there are no sorrows, pain and suffering. It is not a myth or state of mind. Hell is also real. It is a place of eternal punishment, darkness and gnashing of teeth. Hence, it is not inconceivable that our all- consuming desire is to get to heaven and avoid ending up in hell.

Just imagine, on Judgement Day when all have to face the Righteous Judge, Jesus Christ who will say to those who are so sure that their names will be in the book of life – ‘ I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ It will be a great shock, bitter disappointment and utter confusion for many.

Let us examine this passage of scripture closer to see what we can learn and be assured of our salvation.

The words in Matthew 7:21-23 were spoken by Jesus as He began to conclude His great Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 – 7). Prior to the above statement, He was telling His disciples about the Narrow and Wide Gates. He exhorted them from verse 13 and 14

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

From verse 15 right to verse 20, Jesus warned His disciples to watch out for false prophets and gave tips on how they could identify them by their fruits or rather their conduct.

What Jesus taught the disciples from verse 13 to 20, set the stage for Him to utter the most disturbing comment –

“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”

What can we learn from this plain yet difficult to comprehend statement?

It means exactly what it says – not everyone who professes to be a Christian or call him ‘Lord, Lord’ will be saved. And of greater concern is that there will be many in this category (verse 22). Just like the many people who walk the path of the broad road which leads to eternal destruction.

How then can we be assured of our salvation and not be turned away by Jesus on the Day of Judgement?

The answer is given in verse 21 itself – “only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”

This person is one who knows Jesus personally. Not just about Him. He (applies to she as well of course) will have a personal and intimate relationship with Him. He will have repented of his sins and committed his life to Jesus and make Him not just his Savior but Lord as well. He will have a desire to know God’s Word and seek to obey His commandments and pursue a life of righteousness and purity of heart. Though he may occasionally sin, he will repent of his sin and seek God’s forgiveness. He will certainly not live a life of habitual sin.

We all know salvation is by the grace of God through faith. However, saving grace will result in us “doing the will of my Father in heaven” Matthew 7:21

Let’s examine our lives this morning and ask ourselves when we meet Jesus at Judgement Day, whether He will say to us

“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” Matthew 25:21

Rather than –

“I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Matthew 7:23

Should any of you need affirmation of your salvation, please talk to our pastors, leaders of our church, including your CG leaders or the friend who forwarded you this devotion.

Prayer –

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your gift of salvation through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins. We thank you too for the gift of your Holy Spirit who lives in us. May we submit ourselves to the Lordship of your Holy Spirit so that we will be faithful in doing your good, pleasing and perfect will to honor You always.

In Jesus name,
Amen

每日灵粮
星期日,2020年2月14日
标题:真正得救还是自欺欺人?
作者:余清熹长老
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

太 7:21-23
21 凡称呼我‘主啊,主啊’的人不能都进天国,唯独遵行我天父旨意的人才能进去。
22 当那日,必有许多人对我说:‘主啊,主啊,我们不是奉你的名传道,奉你的名赶鬼,奉你的名行许多异能吗?’
23 我就明明地告诉他们说:‘我从来不认识你们。你们这些作恶的人,离开我去吧!’

马太福音第7章:21-23节可以说是最吓人或最恐怖的经文。

所有去教堂做礼拜的信徒都期待在离世后能进入天国或天堂。我们都从经文中知道,天堂是信徒永远与上帝同在的真实地方,是一个极美的地方,充满了平安、喜乐和赞美,没有悲伤、痛苦和折磨。这不是神话或一种心态。地狱也是真实的。那里是永恒性的惩罚、黑暗和哀哭切齿的地方。因此,我们都渴望上天堂并避免最终陷入地狱。

想象一下,在审判日,所有人都必须面对公义的审判官耶稣基督,他会对那些确信自己的名字会出现在生命册的人说:“我从来不认识你们。你们这些作恶的人,离开我去吧!“这将让许多人感到震惊、痛苦失望和迷惑不解。

让我们更仔细地研究一下这段经文,看看我们能学到什么,以此确认我们所得的救恩。

马太福音7:21-23 是耶稣为登山训众论福的信息(太5-7章)作总结。在上述的经文之前,他告诉门徒关于两条门路。他从第13和14节劝告他们: “你们要进窄门。因为引到灭亡,那门是宽的,路是大的,进去的人也多;引到永生,那门是窄的,路是小的,找着的人也少。“

从15至20节,耶稣告诫门徒要防备假先知,并给出一些建议,以他们的果子认出他们。

耶稣在13至20节对门徒的教导,铺垫了最令人感到不安的一句话:

“凡称呼我‘主啊,主啊’的人不能都进天国,唯独遵行我天父旨意的人才能进去。”

我们可以从这看似简单却难以理解的话中学到什么?

它的意义完全在于它的字面意思:并非所有自称是基督徒或呼喊“主啊,主啊”的人都会得救。更令人担心的是,有许多这类人(22节)。 就如许多人走在引到永恒灭亡的宽路上。

那么,我们怎能确保自己已得着就恩,而不在审判日被耶稣拒绝呢?

答案就在21节:“唯独遵行我天父旨意的人才能进去”

这人是真正认识耶稣的人。不只是知道很多关于神的事。他或她与祂有亲密关系。他会为自己的罪孽感到懊悔,并将自己的一生奉献给耶稣,并且不仅让他成为救主,也让他成为生命的主。他渴望了解神的旨意并寻求遵守他的诫命,追求公义和清洁的心。尽管他偶尔会犯罪,但他会悔改,寻求上帝的怜悯。他肯定不会过着习惯性的罪恶生活。

我们都知道,我们得救是本乎恩,也因着信。但是,这恩也会使我们遵行天父的旨意 (太7:21)。

让我们今早来省察自己的生活,问问自己,当我们在审判日见到耶稣时,他是否会跟我们说—

“又良善又忠心的仆人哪,你作得好!你既然在不多的事上忠心,我要派你管理许多的事。进来,享受你主人的快乐吧!” (马25:21)

而不是—

“我从来不认识你们。你们这些作恶的人,离开我去吧!” (马7:23)

如果有任何人需要肯定你的救恩,请联系我们的牧师、教会领袖,或者你的小组组长,或是转发你这篇灵修分享的人。

祈祷:天父,感谢你赐给我们,透过你儿子耶稣基督因信所得的救恩。也感谢你赐下住在我们里面的圣灵。唯愿我们降服在圣灵的带领之下,使我们忠心察验何为神的善良、纯全、可喜悦的旨意。奉耶稣的名祷告,阿们。