Matthew 7:21 “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.
22 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?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Do we call Him lord? If so, we need to understand that this alone will not get us into heaven. And Yahshua / Jesus tells us exactly why. He who does the will of my Father, YHWH God, this is who will enter the Kingdom of Elohim.
“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.” (Vs 21)
His words, not mine! So where does this leave us, and what exactly is the will of the Father?
God’s will is exactly what He tells us it is. And if we don’t know what he has spoken about His will, we will be left outside of the Holy City looking in at those who have kept the Commandments of God. For He delivered it to us in no uncertain terms.
1And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
YHWH God spoke these words to the children of Israel, in the presence of Moses and the entire multitude that He brought out from under bondage in Egypt.
And if we do not fear Him, or respect the Father enough to obey Him, then surely, we will never get past his Son, Yahshua / Jesus.
For He says, “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?’” (Vs 22)
It doesn’t make any difference what we think about our service to God, if we want to enter His Kingdom, then we need to know what he thinks, especially with regard to us. And if we have not adopted His wedding vows (the Covenant, or Commandments), then who’s bride, are we?
Yahshua speaks to this set of circumstances to us loud and clear, when He says, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Vs 23)
Now these are people who have been praising his name, and casting out demons in his name, even prophesy is spoken by them, but still, they are not acceptable to Him on that last day, because of Lawlessness.
“Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.”
We have a history of doing these things, and according to the prophet, there’s nothing new about our unfaithfulness. And perhaps this is why Yahshua speaks of how we are supposed to not only keep the Commandments, but we are to teach them from the Pulpit.
He says, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
We owe both Yahshua and God the Father a huge debt of gratitude, for had they not come to our rescue we would still be in bondage to the enemy. And how do we know who our enemy is?
The Apostle Paul gives us His identity saying, “Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He (the Anti-Christ) who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2nd Thessalonians 2:5-12)
It’s the enemy, Satan, who is whispering in our ears and telling us that we are above being lawful to God and do not have to keep His Word? Here is the lie that will keep us from entering the Kingdom of Elohim. And it the same lie that he told in the Garden of Eden.
How many times must we be told? And Our Savior Himself warns us to not take the path of lawlessness. Yet, because we love our sinful ways so much, we twist the scriptures, and invent reasons to ignore what God Himself has said.
But hear the Words of Christ when He says, “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:41-43)
Heed this warning, but only if we truly love Yahshua / Jesus Christ will we live to please Him and the Father.
Thus, he says, “If you love me, keep my Commandments!” (John 14:15)
Shalom My Friends,