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What Did Jesus Mean When He Said...
This will be the first in a series of discussions of specific bible verses. The verses discussed will ones that are often misinterpreted, or generally ignored by religious leaders and people. Let's read the bible together and find out exactly "What Did Jesus mean When He said:
Matthew 7:21-23.."Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven...(22) many will say to me in that day Lord,Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?(23) And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity"
These are very powerful words spoken here by Jesus; words that really should be taken very serious. truth is...
Many people today claim to be christian, they claim to love Jesus, they also claim to serve God; but do they? At Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus actually addressed people living in the very times that we are in right now, the time of the end. This is a time that your standing with God and his acceptance of your worship is extremely crucial, as with the coming of the kingdom within our lifetime, there will be no room for error in your judgement as to what course to follow. It will be just as in Noah's day (Luke 17:26,27).
Like in noah's day, people today are far too busy getting their recreational desires fulfilled, sexual desires met, financial goals sought after to the point of obsession, and more. There is little or no time for the true things of God, and certainly no time to take what HE says seriously. partying, buying bigger and better cars, careers and nice homes, even bigger more outwardly beautiful churches are at the forefront of people's minds and thoughts now; their appearance and the appearance of others matters most; politics, which really are not of God, have taken up the front pew at church and in the minds of the people. This is basically the way it was in Noah's day too; folks were too busy to hear the message Noah preached, and all he preached was that it was going to rain! So it comes as no surprise that very few will receive the message God has given to me and others to present to mankind. the message is not a popular by any measure; it requires acceptance of truth and acting upon that acceptance, two things "Christians" just don't seem to like doing. They are far more comfortable sitting in church listening to the music, coughing up large portions of their income, attending varied church functions, volunteering for some committee or another and singing in the choir; afterward, they leave feeling they've satisfied God's requirement for entry into heaven, and forgiveness for the mess they do everyday knowing it's wrong...Truth Is...
What misguided people don't understand is that no matter what your church, your religion, or pastor teaches, it's what GOD says that matters and will matter in the end. So again, look at Matthew 7;21-23
Jesus spoke 2,000 yrs ago about the very people we see now on TV, that's right, the televangelists, as well as over 90% of the clergy today...They ALL holler JESUS! They all claim to LOVE him SO much; many that is all they seem to talk about. They have schools, camps, camps and schools for the poor in other countries, they go on missionary trips, they name their church, their schools, their foundations and causes after Jesus do they not? Jesus' name is on tie tacks, scarves, shawls, earrings, bumpers, windshields and windows; tee shirts and towels, wristbands, sweatbands, and rubber bands! Jesus' name is on everything that one may think of; but if if you really understand what Jesus was saying at Matthew 7;21-23, you would stay as far away from ALL these things as you possibly can...Truth is...
As 2Timothy chapter three points out, these people have a "form" of Godly devotion, but they prove false. Today's church has commercialized Jesus; they market him instyead of preaching what he taught. All you hear is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! But what did Jesus do? Jesus did NOT come to earth to give us someone to worship; God was already being worshipped long before Jesus came. Jesus himself actually worshipped God, Jehovah, the God of Israel. If you call yourself a "Christian", then why don't you worship the same God that Jesus worshipped? Think about that for a second...
When Jesus prayed, he prayed to God, he worshipped God and repeatedly spoke of doing the will of the Farther who is in heaven. Never did Jesus say "worship me", "pray to me", or "put me first". Yes he said no one can come to the father unless it's through the son; but he also said to "Ask the FATHER IN MY NAME"; he did NOT say "ask me"...
That is why Jesus said the words above; to tell us today how to identify the false teachers, the ones who appear before men to be righteous, but in truth they are "workers of iniquity". The church today has corrupted true worship to the point where the truth is totally unrecognizable, and in most cases unacceptable to people. It has been indoctrinated so deeply into our mindset that everything is about Jesus, that we can't get the true meaning of his ministry. What was Jesus' ministry all about? Do you know?
Jesus ministered about God, Jehovah; he ministered about how to please God, how to do his will and how to treat one another. He repeatedly warned not to be so absorbed into him that you forget that God is the ultimate power and the one we really should be seeking favor from. But as time passed and man inserted paganism into the church Jesus became the focus and God became just an afterthought. Just the other day I read where someone called today's church "Christ's church"; but it's NOT Jesus' church! God's people worship at God's church, and they pray to him in Jesus' name claiming the redemption of Jesus' shed blood. We MUST get a very clear understanding of this in order to purify and refine our worship and prayer as we rapidly approach the second coming of Christ where once more GOD will send his son on a mission here on earth.
It is very sad that given the fact God sent Jesus to redeem us from sin and death, and we have totally misused that blessing and grace of God to totally disrespect God himself. We give him absolutely NO consideration; we worship his son, pray to his son, and then do what WE want to do. Although Proverbs 3:5-7 encourages us to :"Trust the Lord(God) in ALL that we do", we instead reject God in all that we do, and lean on our own understanding to the point of rejecting what Jesus said to. How do you tell Jesus, "Im going to worship you no matter what you say and you and God are going to accept it!"? That's exactly what we do when we put Jesus over God.
I have repeatedly written about this subject and gotten the attention of many, but then they simply return to the same old ways. it's like Jesus said: a dog returns to his vomit". Why do folks think Jesus and Jehovah said the things they said; the bible wasn't written for no reason, it was written to give you clear and concise information on how to worship God, NOT JESUS.
THAT is what Jesus is talking about at Matthew 7:21-23; he is confirming from his own mouth that at the end of time, now, if you think worshipping him will gain you entry into the kingdom, you are WRONG!!!! His words, tell you that you have to put God first, worship God, try to do his will, and appreciate him. Why is that so hard to understand? Just as 2 Timothy 4:3,4 says, people don't want to hear the truth, they want to hear what pleases them, When you think about that and the FACT that ultimately it is Jehovah that will decide our fate, the reasoning of the world and it's churches sounds really STUPID! They stubbornly cling to the notion that Jesus is GOD and the trinity; the trinity is an ancient pagan belief held forth thousands of years before Jesus came. There are no scriptures to support the notion that Jesus is GOD, but 1Corinthians Chapter 15 explains that Jesus will submit to GOD himself. But again, the lies and perfidious untruths of the clergy(church) has been soo deeply ingrained into many of us that we won't accept the truth under any circumstances.
Christians are willing to defy GOD, to disrespect him, and then bold enough to turn around and insist that HE bless them! They basically are saying:"we don't care what you say as long as we call ourselves worshippers you are going to accept whatever we present to you!".
What it is in truth is that they really ndon't care about their future here on earth, they are only concerned about the here and now; they lack any real faith in God's other words and promises. They want the promises now and not the premise. They want what they want and care less what God wants, they don't really trust God.
But there will be a small few who DO believe what the bible says, they understand or want to understand what Jesus taught, and they TRUST God. These are the ones who are in line to enter god's kingdom; and there won't be a lot of them (Matthew 7:13,14) How about you, are you one of them?