Depart From Me
By Leslie J. King
Mat 7:21-23 NIV - "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!'
The above verses are the most chilling verses in the New Testament, but important enough that Jesus mentioned these verses near the end of one of His teachings. As it is with many topics in the scriptures, there are several camps of thought on the meaning of this message. We have a unique passage here where Jesus is saying what He will say to certain individuals attempting to enter Heaven. This article will discuss several aspects of the above scriptures, with no desire to support any particular doctrine on salvation … of which there are many.
The verses start out with Jesus saying you cannot just say “Lord, Lord” and then He is your Lord, you must have a transformation of your heart and truly follow Him. You cannot just give lip service to Jesus being your Lord, without you following His commands, or in these verses “do the will His Father”. The following verse in Luke 6:46 is another scripture that supports the notion that Jesus will question the state of His Lordship in our lives: