The passage on which today's post is founded upon is Matthew 7:21-23, which in the New King James Version reads:
"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. 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?" And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
Many people I am sure have asked themselves the following question after reading this passage: "How then can I know I am saved?" since not everyone claiming to be a Christian will enter God's kingdom." I myself wrestled with this question earlier this year in January.
Or others may say, "This is a contradiction in the Bible! Romans 8:38-39 says that nothing can separate us from the love of God, yet this passage says that not every Christian will enter God's kingdom!"
True, Romans 8:38-39 does read
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
but the Bible does not contradict itself. So how can this passage be "dissected correctly" (see my post "Rightly Dividing The Word?")?
In today's culture (and in the world for a long time) there are many people who think they can just be saved through baptism or good works. Part of our passage today reads "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?". Obviously this passage is talking about people who believe they can earn their way into the kingdom of God through doing "many wonders in Your (Jesus') name." These people, because of the number of works they have done, believe they have earned the title of Christian. However, Romans 10:9 clearly states that salvation is only when one believes that Jesus is Lord, and confesses it with the mouth.
Jesus is in this passage is talking about those kind of people. They have never truly become a Christian, and therefore He "never knew them." He describes their good works as lawlessness (see Isaiah 64:6) because good works can never produce salvation. Romans 10:9 clearly tells us how to be saved, and once a person is saved, they can never lose their salvation.
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