Sobering Thoughts 5

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Mat 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell– and great was its fall.”

It is imperative to understand that the words in these texts of Scripture are pointed to religious people who are doing religious things and think that they are on the road to life or enter the kingdom. Not everyone who calls Christ Lord will enter the kingdom. Not everyone who believes in the deity of Christ will enter the kingdom. Not everyone who has sound theology will enter the kingdom of heaven. Not everyone who prophesies or preaches in the name of Christ will enter the kingdom. Not everyone who casts out demons in His name will enter the kingdom. Not everyone who performs many miracles in His name will enter the kingdom of heaven.

Again, this should sober our hearts. If we take the passage from Luke and the earlier passage in Matthew and look at the numbers in them, we could say rather safely that it may be few of those who call Jesus Lord who will enter the kingdom. It may be that only few of those who preach and or prophesy in His name will enter the kingdom. It may be that only few of those who cast out demons will enter the kingdom. It may be that only few of those who performed many miracles will enter the kingdom. Oh how these people will cry and look to their miracles and their works that they thought were demonstrative actions that showed that they were saved. These people cry out to Christ and ask Him to look at the religious things that they have done, but He tells them that He never knew them and to depart from Him. “DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’”

On judgment day those words will sink the hearts of those who receive them into utter and total despair and they will never be in anything else but total despair. Only those who do the will of the Father will enter into the kingdom. Only those whose life can be described as not in the practice of lawlessness will enter in. These are not academic points, these are points of eternal value and importance. Jesus told us that if we love Him we will obey His commandments. In other words, those who will enter life will not be religious in their own way and follow themselves in the things of religion, but they will love God and follow Him.

This is again quite vital. We must be sobered up by this hard teaching, yet we must never think that we can earn our way into heaven. The only way into heaven is by the free-grace of God. The only way is by Christ and Christ alone. In other words, all the religious people in the world can never obtain life in all the religious things they do. Instead of obtaining life by them, they are living in lawlessness because they are living in clear disobedience to God. Instead of picking and choosing the things we want to do, we must bow before God and ask for His grace to do all He commands. However, instead of doing them in the flesh and religious zeal, we must have true love for God in order to do anything that is acceptable to Him. However, let us never forget that the love we have for God is given to us by His free-grace. It is only when we live in love for Him and guided by His will and receive all from Him by grace that we truly keep the law. All else will end is building a house on sand and the coming storm of judgment will destroy it with a great fall.

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