Luke 6:46 Why (B)do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Matthew 21:28-31 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in (B)the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he (C)changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, (D)the tax collectors and (E)the prostitutes go into (F)the kingdom of God before you.
If you read the Bible improperly you can take the mentality that if you work hard enough you will find favor with God. The good news of Christianity is that we can not find favor with God on our own, but only through the work of Jesus Christ. These passages are clear that “Not Everyone” will make it into the Kingdom of God even though this is not a popular thought of our day. Even people that did some amazing things for God will not make it into the Kingdom because our entrance into the Kingdom is not based on our works. So you can cast out demons, preach in His name and do miracles and that will not guarantee that you have entrance into the Kingdom of God.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also sufferedonce for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
So it is through Christ and Christ alone that we can stand before the Father and enter into His kingdom, not based on our work but on the work Jesus did on the cross for payment of our sins.
I never knew you are the words Jesus says He will use on that Last Judgement day. Words that will haunt those who have to hear them for eternity. The word ‘Know” is an intimate term and Jesus is letting them know that it is not just about doing some great things or even knowing some facts about Jesus that guarantees them entrance, it is an intimate relationship with Jesus that assures your entrance.
Tim Tebow is a perfect example of what Jesus means in this passage. Depending on your view of Tim Tebow you either are sick of hearing about him or you love him so much that you call him Timmy. Whatever your thoughts about Tim Tebow a majority of Americans know who he is. Although most people know the name Tim Tebow they really do not have a relationship with him. They may know his name, his team, gathered to celebrate his victories and maybe even learned some other facts about him that they read in his book, but that does not mean they have a relationship. This is the point that Jesus is trying to make with His listeners. Jesus is showing them that the only way into the Kingdom is through a personal relationship with Himself.
“Only those who do the will of my Father”, Jesus says will be the ones who get in. So it with our obedience that we show that we are truly in a relationship with Jesus. Going back to Tim Tebow, most people love him as long as he accomplishes what they are looking for him to accomplish. How many will still follow Tim Tebow once he does not do what they thought he would do? This is a scary similarity to how many follow after Christ because they only follow if Jesus is accomplishing what they want and as soon as Jesus does something different then they walk away. (See John 6:66)
“What, then, is the essential characteristic of the true believer, the genuine disciple of Jesus Christ? It is not loud profession, nor spectacular spiritual triumphs, nor protestations of great spiritual experience. Rather, his chief characteristic is obedience.”(D.A. Carson, Sermon on the Mount)
Who is willing to follow Jesus even when things do not go the way they thought they would go? Who is the one who is willing to obey Him even if it cost them financially or socially? It is those who do not serve two masters (Matthew 6:24) who will be the ones that will show they have an intimate relationship with Jesus.
Although a lot of people look like true followers right now, it will be the end of their life that will show for what it really is. Many people just make Jesus a remedy for their life instead of allowing Him to be their life. They do good things and help a lot of people but they do it all just to make themselves feel better or they feel as though by doing those things they can earn their favor with Him.
Luke 10:17-20 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Jesus lets us know that although all those things may be done through us that they are not what we should be happy about. The only thing we should be excited about is the fact that we are in a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, and that our names are on the eternal guest list that can never be erased.
The most important thing you can do on this earth is to make sure that you are on the list in Heaven. Not all will enter but only those who have a relationship with Christ will be able to spend eternity with the Father in Heaven.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
Have you ever been around families where they call people Uncle or Aunt but they are not really their blood relatives? I have, and I have also grown up calling close friends of my parents Uncle and Aunt. The only way that anyone would be able to tell that they were not my blood relative, is through a blood test. When we examine ourselves we are giving ourselves a blood test to see if we pass as one of the family members of Christ. Only by close examination will some people be able to tell if they are not in a relationship with Christ because they have been around others that belong to Him and they have begun to call Him what the rest of the family calls Him. It can appear to have a blood relationship with Christ and appear from the outside that it is true. If we do not have an intimate relationship with Christ where He makes us blood relatives (Hebrews 9:11-14) then we are only fooling ourselves that we truly belong to the family of God.
Although this examination is not easy wouldn’t you rather find out now while you still can make a change? Do not be like those who will stand before Him and show all the great things they did for Him, when in reality, He never knew them intimately as family. We do not become part of the family by our works, we are adopted in as we accept His free gift of salvation (John 3:16). It is then by this intimate relationship with Christ that what we do will show if we truly belong to the Family of Christ.
“It is true; of course, that no man enters the kingdom because of his obedience; but it is equally true that no man enters the kingdom who is not obedient. It is true that men are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ; but it is equally true that God’s grace in a man’s life inevitably results in obedience.” (D.A. Carson, Sermon on the Mount)
“No Christian is sinless, but the fact that we continually confess our sins, seek the Lords forgiveness, and long for righteousness (Matt. 5:6) is evidence that we belong to Him. God’s will may not be the perfection of the true believer’s life, but it is the direction of it.” (John MacArthur)