Words of Jesus – “Not Everyone Who Says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ Shall Enter The Kingdom of Heaven…” Part 1

“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 NKJV)

Today, I want to continue to study the Words of Jesus by examining our own hearts to determine if we are truly children of God. You see, just because you may be on the church’s administrative council, or the board of trustees, or a member of the choir, or the choir director, or a Sunday school teacher, or even a prophet, evangelist, apostle, bishop  or pastor, does not make you a child of God. These things to not guarantee you or me free admission to heaven. Indeed, even if someone works miracles, and does signs and wonders, this does not grant them the privilege of entering God’s Kingdom. 

There are many people in the U.S. and around the world who claim that they are Christians… many who attend church every time the doors are open… many who preach… many who prophesy and evangelize, but they are not who they say and even believe they are. Do you understand that claiming to be something, or someone does not make it true, not even if you believe what you’re saying? There are a lot of insane people who truly believe they are someone else, perhaps even someone famous, but no matter how much they believe, it is not true.

It’s the same with Christians. The Word of God tells us what we must do to be born again and saved… 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.

There is no judgment awaiting those who trust Him. But those who do not trust Him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.” (John 3:16-21 NLT)

How do you know if you are a Christian?

  • You must believe in Jesus Christ – that He is the only Son of God… 

 Salvation that comes from trusting Christ — which is the message we preach — is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Romans 9:8-11 NLT)

    • Contrary to what you’ve been told, praying a sinner’s prayer or repeating words after someone will not save you… Scripture says nothing about this… Remember in my post from January 17, 2013, you were warned to “Beware of False Prophets.” This is one of the false teachings that are taught, which lead people to think they’re saved when in reality, they only recited some words, which did not change their hearts…
    • Salvation comes from trusting Christ – do you trust Him?
    • Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is ***Lord? (see definition of Lord below)
      1. It is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord?
    • Do you believe in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead? Believing in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead, makes you right with God… 
      1. Please note – good deeds, random acts of kindness, giving to charity, following all of the commandments, etc. are not what makes us right with God:

We are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6 NLT)

  • You must trust Jesus…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

    • Do you trust Jesus with all of your heart in all of your circumstances and situations?
    • Do you trust Him even though you don’t understand Him, and you cannot see how you can accomplish what He has sent you to do?
    • Do you trust Him even though you see no way out?
    • Do you trust Him to make all things work for good, even though you see no good in your situation?
    • Or do you rely on your own wisdom and ability to rescue you?
    • Or do you rely on others to help you?
    • Do you acknowledge Jesus in all your ways? Below is the definition for acknowledge from dictionary.com:
      1. to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: to acknowledge one’s mistakes.
        1. In all of your ways, do you admit that Jesus is real and true, that He does in fact exist, and that He is the only One who gives you true love, life, hope, salvation, deliverance?
      2. to show or express recognition or realization of: to acknowledge an acquaintance by nodding.
        1. In all your ways, in everything that you do, to you show or express recognition… do you recognize Jesus as the Lord of your life?
          1. The definition for ***Lord in dictionary.com is:
            1. a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler. 
            2. a person who exercises authority from property rights; an owner of land, houses, etc. 
            3. a person who is a leader or has great influence in a chosen profession: the great lords of banking. 
            4. a feudal superior; the proprietor of a manor.
            5. a titled nobleman or peer; a person whose ordinary appellation contains by courtesy the title Lord or some higher title.
      3. to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of: The students acknowledged the authority of the student council.
        1. In everything you do, in all your ways, do you recognize Christ’s authority?
        2. Do you seek to obey His will or your own?
      4. to show or express appreciation or gratitude for: to acknowledge a favor.
        1. In all that happens in your life… the good and the bad… do you show or express appreciation and gratitude for all that Christ has done for you?
        2. When you accomplish something, do you show or express appreciation and gratitude to Christ, or do you accept all of the accolades for yourself?
      5. to indicate or make known the receipt of: to acknowledge a letter.
        1. Do you make known to others all that Christ has done for you?

My friend, I urge you to pray about the things I’ve talked about in this post, and seek God’s face as well as His word. It is important that you research these things, that you read the Scriptures so that you will know whether I speak words of truth to you or not. Although there are many false  prophets who will pay for leading many people astray, understand that each person is also responsible for his/her own salvation. In other words, even though there may be a false prophet among you, misleading many people, each person is responsible to read the word of God to see if what they are being taught is in fact true… (To be continued…)

May the Lord bless you as you search His word for the truth, in Jesus’ name.

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

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