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One of the questions many believers ask is “if we indeed received eternal life from the point of salvation, how come we can still be rejected based on what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23?”
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We need to understand Mathew 7:21-23 in context by going up to the previous verses. When we read from verse 15-20, the preceding verses becomes very clear. Jesus wasn’t referring to believers here and before now there were no new creatures, He wasn’t referring to the New Creature! Jesus was talking about the fate of false prophets whom he said may appear as Sheep on the outside but like wolves on the inside. Why?
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Concerning these kinds of people, Jesus said in Matthew 15:8-9 “These people, says God, honour me with their words (lips) but their heart is really far away from me. It is no use for them to worship me, because THEY TEACH HUMAN RULES as though they were my laws!”
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Concerning being saved, the Bible says “if thou shall believe in thy heart and confess with thy mouth the lordship of Jesus, thou shall be saved” (Romans 10:9)… But these people don’t believe in their hearts, they just use lip services that has no root! They believe they can be saved by following certain human rules, they do not truly trust Jesus for their salvation. They talk like believers, some of them even lay hands on the sick, some even make prophesies but their hearts are very very far from God, their hearts are not surrendered! Jesus regarded them as workers of iniquity! Self-righteouness is like a filthy rag before God (Isaiah 64:6), thinking God can be convinced by it is deceit. God wants us work to out the salvation that He is already working in us. He wants us to display what He is already doing in us (Philippians 2:12).
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To make Jesus our Lord, includes trusting that He is mighty to save. Two men may not be fornicating but they can be very different as one may still not be at peace with God. Why? One is struggling to keep up with laws thinking it will be able to convince God that he is righteous. Its a slap on righteousness because any righteousness not founded from Jesus is dirty! The other one may not be fornicating because he has come to realize that he is bigger than that, that he is too pure to get himself involved in that. He is working out his salvation.
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Even when a believer do commit sin, the Bible says he has an advocate who is Jesus, interceding on his behalf. Jesus is the intercession of the believer (Romans 8:34, 1 John 2:1). We are not workers of iniquity as long as we are in Christ because every believer has a service to render, the service of reconciliation! The bible says we have been called into the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), “workers of iniquity” can’t be the description of a believer.
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Does this make good works of less importance in our lives as Christians? No! The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5), this love makes it possible to be kind to others, to be display the qualities of God which has been made available in us. The believer is righteous as the bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 “Christ without sin, but for our sake God made Him share our sin in order that in union with Him we might share the righteousness of God”. As it took nothing but to be born into this world to become sinners, it took nothing but to be reborn into Christ and of God to become righteous! We are righteous and the knowledge of this makes us act righteous.
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You don’t have to live in fear for God has said ” I’ll never leave you nor forsake you ” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
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Blessings.
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George O.N | @georgennad
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