“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!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
The Saddest Words In The Bible
Jesus is never called the Master Teacher but He was a masterful teacher of the will of His Father. The Sermon on the Mount is an incredible series of exhortations filling the world with the nature of discipleship and cost of serving the Lord. In one way nothing is new in the sermon as all the principles outlined by Jesus have always been the view of God’s relationship to man and the need of man to worship God in spirit and truth. But the measure of the sermon is so refreshing and powerful the people were astonished at the authority of its message and the one delivering the word. Jesus did now waver to speak clearly of the duties of man to the Father, to self and others. His speech was clear and demonstrative of the serious nature of obedience to the will of the Father with no regards to the frivolity of man. It is striking how the Lord plainly tells the reality of salvation is limited to the few while most men will reject Him and the word of His Father. Hard sayings fill the Sermon on the Mount. Some of the saddest words uttered by Jesus are found in this powerful sermon. None will be as clear as the final words given by the Lord in declaring the end of the matter and reality of the frailty of man.
Not everyone who thinks they are saved will be saved. Salvation does not come from the views of men who frame their own totems of faith into their own image. Jesus says that many people will live with His name on their lips and not find eternal life. Saying, “Lord, Lord” is a powerful motive to live and serve for Jesus Christ but uttering these words will not bring about salvation. Words must have a heart that is willing to follow the commands of God and without that diligence to live in accordance with the pattern of God there can be no salvation. Religious people may be religious but they may not be saved. That is a hard saying but a true saying. Remember Jesus is the one saying this and by the word of God’s Son salvation will not come to those who show a religious life and say words that express a belief in God. Belief in Jesus alone cannot save or all the demons would be saved (and they tremble). Salvation comes from those who do the will of the Father in heaven. Many people are very religious or at least profess to have a deep faith in the Lord but refuse to accept the teachings of the Bible as a guide for their lives. They will not find happiness in eternity without doing the will of the Father. So much of the religious world teaches a salvation by faith only or grace alone rejecting the notion of being justified by works. This is nothing more than the poison of deception filling the cup by Satan to deceive men into believing they are saved when in fact they are not. Faith is justified by works through the grace of God. Jesus said being religious will not save but doing the will of the Father. Without doing the will of the Father there will be no salvation.
Sadly, many people (according to Jesus) will stand before the Father on the judgment day and profess they prophesied in the name of Christ, cast out demons in the name of Jesus and did many wonders in the name of the Lord. No doubt those gathered at the grave mourning the loss of this great individual will usher them into the halls of God’s grace in eternal life. What is not known to those left behind is their loved one who did all those things in the name of Jesus Christ will not be saved because they never did the will of the Father. Can a person prophesy in the name of Jesus and be lost? Will a man who says he cast out demons in the name of Jesus be saved? What will become of those who say they did many wonders in the name of the Lord? The question is not whether they are justified by saying they did all these things but whether they did the will of the Father. Jesus pronounces the saddest words in the Bible when He looks in the eyes of these people who died believing they were saved and tells them He never knew them in regards to salvation. Many people will find this to be true and the words will be crushing. They spent all their lives serving the Lord they never obeyed. The final words are the most tragic: depart from Me. Turned away from the grace of God because they did not follow the will of the Father. They were outside the law of God and practiced lawlessness. How sad.