Not everyone ... will enter the kingdom of heaven

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. 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?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

I have had many cyber conversations with Christian Universalists that believe that everyone will go to heaven because Christ saved everyone on the cross. Verses like these seem to fly in the face of that kind of thinking. Yet I do not want to look at these verses from that angle.

These verses tell us that you can be religious and not being doing God's will. Many people do all sorts of religious things like preaching (or prophesying), counseling and doing miracles but are not doing God's will. It is interesting how Jesus transitions from doing to knowing. It is like He is telling us that the issue is not doing religious things but knowing God and Him knowing us. And Jesus brings these ideas of work and knowing together in the sixth chapter of John when he says:
“This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
I know many who do not know you Lord. Help them to know you.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my prayer, too. We sing a song with the words in it: The more I know Him, the more I love Him. The more I love Him, the more I know Him. So much truth in those words I believe. May I LOVE HIM more, so that I might KNOW HIM more.


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