Not all Self-Claimed “Christians” are making it into the Kingdom of God

Daily "Words of Wisdom" from Apply

“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU! Get away from me, YOU workers of lawlessness(Matthew 7:21-23).  

This is an essential scripture for understanding obedience. We see that Jesus, the fair judge, will say he never knew people in verse 22 who call Jesus “Lord, Lord” and who did amazing works in his name.  Back in the time of Jesus, to say someone’s name twice was to imply intimacy with them. This means they loved Jesus. To call Jesus LORD (all capital letters) would mean that they confused him (Jesus) with Yahweh. So to call him Lord (Only the L in capital letters) means their doctrine was correct and they knew Jesus to be their master, leader, and the son of God. And wow, these people did great works like prophecy and expel demons. Yet Jesus never knew them. Simply loving Jesus is not enough. And having correct doctrine is not enough. And doing great works is not enough. Obedience to Yahweh is perhaps what makes the difference.