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Bible Study Is Your Heart Right with God? Matthew 7:21-23

Updated on January 7, 2012

There are going to be people who believe they are doing the work of the Lord, and are going to heaven. When they die, they will find out that their works are not good enough to get them there. There are people who will get into the ministry for the wrong reasons and selfish motives, and believe they will be able to sneak in to heaven. They will be in for a rude shock when Jesus turns them away. There will be those who purposely deceive people using the Gospel and God's gifts for their own gain, and will not be able to enter into heaven. Then there will be those who honestly believe what they are teaching is true, but is actually twisted doctrine. They will cry out to the Lord, and the Lord will say I never knew you.

Even those who seem to be doing great and mighty works for God may not make it into heaven. God will not look at how you used his gifts, but where your heart was when using them. This is also seen in Matthew 6:5 when Jesus basically says these men love to pray in open and public places to flaunt how great they think they are in front of others, and gain a certain satisfaction in that type of recognition. Jesus said that they already have their reward.

This does not automatically mean that all the TV evangelists fall in this category. It is where the heart of the evangelist is while he or she is in front of everybody preaching. There is a need for large evangelists ministries who can reach people smaller churches can't. Just because a person is a pastor of a small church, doesn't automatically mean that their heart is right. They can be the ones boasting how great they are just because they have a ministry.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell where a pastor's heart is. This is where you need to look not only at the words they speak, but also the fruits, meaning actions, they produce as Matthew 7:20 instructs us to.

How does one enter into heaven? By accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and accepting His gift of salvation that is freely given to all who call on his name. Even though we have accepted his gift of salvation, we still need to do the will of God who is in heaven. God gave you his will when he gave you His word. We are not to be deceived by others or to deceive others. The only way not to be deceived is to read and study the word of God. If you deceive others, then Jesus will say "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 6:5 "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."

Matthew 7:20 "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."



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    • Sharon Douglas profile image

      Sharon Douglas 7 years ago from GA, United States

      yes only by Jesus words can one enter into heaven. se lah good hub truth must be told.

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      Bible Studies 8 years ago from PA

      Everyone thanks for sharing your much needed insights and comments.

      bayareagreatthing - Your hub is very well done, interesting, and insightful. Thanks for the knowledge and wisdom.

      Sorry it takes me soo long to get around to replying back. I'm going to be trying harder to get the replys in sooner. Rob and einron 9 months, ouch. I should have thanked the both of you a very long time ago.

      DeBorrah very true. It is not only the preachers he will say that to, but also anyone who knowingly deceives someone else whether you go to church or not.

      I can only pray if someone unknowingly deceives someone else, that they learn quickly that they were deceived themselves. After they learn the truth, that they pass that truth along.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Bible Studies,

      This is a really good hub! I agree! "We are not to be deceived by others or to deceive others. The only way not to be deceived is to read and study the word of God. If you deceive others, then Jesus will say "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniqity." Amen!


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      bayareagreatthing 8 years ago from Bay Area California

      I appreciate your desire to emphasize God's gift by faith. May I share with you a study I did that goes into this a little?

      God Bless you as you continue to seek to walk in the way of the Lord in love.


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      einron 9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      True. Many will be turned away when Jesus returns. There are many denominations all claiming to be Christians, but the Lamb of God is still looking for His bride, the church. He is not looking for many brides, but one that obeys His commandments.

      All claimed to be the bride.

      See Prophecy: Isaiah 4:1: Seven Women and One Man

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thank you for sharing your faith and sound doctrine. Blessings to you!