Sunday, 14 February 2021.
Title: Saved or Self Deceived?
By Elder Yu Chin Shie
Matthew 7:21 – 23
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
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,
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。“