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THE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION
Consider these words of Jesus:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one 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 in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew Chapter 7, Verses 21-23, NIV
My copy of the NIV Bible explains these two verses as being the day of judgement “when the faithful and genuine enter the future kingdom. ‘That day’ will be one of separation based on true character as revealed in outward conduct. It will be a day of surprise for those who performed public actions and even demonstrated unusual power but never committed their lives in submission to Christ.”
As Christians, we’ve been told that when we repeat the “sinner’s prayer” we obtain our salvation and the promise of heaven. The Bible says differently. For example, read Luke chapter 13 verses 3 and 5, John chapter 8 verse 51 and John chapter 14 verses 15 and 23. According to the words of Jesus, in addition to loving Him with our whole heart we must also repent, not just ask for forgiveness, and obey His and God’s commands.
These verses in Matthew should make every Christian ask themselves some very probing questions:
1. Am I really submitting myself to Jesus or did I just say a few words at an altar and continue to live my life as I choose?
2. When I sin, do I repent from that sin or do I just ask for forgiveness and continue to live my life as I choose?
3. Do I obey the commands God and Jesus gave us in the Bible or do I just continue to live my life as I choose?
I hope you’ll give this a lot of prayer and consideration so that when your judgement day comes Jesus won’t be saying, “I never knew you”.