When speaking concerning salvation using Matthew 7:13-23, John McAuther states:
“Because salvation doesn’t come to those who only profess it, who only speak of it. It’s not the sayers who are saved, it is the doers. And if you look a little closer into verse 23, you can see that these people are not known to the Lord because they are doers of lawlessness. “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”
So the claim of these professors of Christ was illegitimate Literally he goes on: “in the Greek, “You that do always work lawlessness. You that do always work evil.”
Jesus is speaking in these verses to those who, MacAuthor rightly says have lived a life of ministry in Jesus name. That certainly is what this scripture implies, but it also says: depart from Me I never knew you. They then were never saved. They never knew Jesus in the inner man. But you all know by this time that I share similar concerns about our brethren who I believe do know Him but take His grace for granted. They ignore His word, and possibly love this worlds pleasures more than they do God. Today Satan wants to destroy our families, and mankind because of selfishness and pride and the Easy believism that permeates the church of our day which has a difficult time fighting the battle.
Spiritual battles must be fought with spiritual weapons. Daily prayer and Bible study in conjunction with accountability partners is key to living a life of commitment. We bloggers tend to hold each other to the grinding wheel for the potters application, and molding. We should not fail in that mission so long as we accept the questioning and even criticisms of others. Some do not. Having a life filled with Jesus and His word is a fulfilling walk, but loving God and doing His will is our calling.
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his [n]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [o]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
Luke 9:23-24 NASB