Lately I have been meditating on Matthew 7:21-23.
It’s sobering that a so-called teacher or disciple of Christ can profess Christ and accomplish “mighty works” yet still be unknown to God. Jesus himself said that there will be people who preach, heal and do amazing things in his name yet on that final hour be shut out.
I’ve often wondered why God seemingly lends His approval to so-called “ministries” or meetings that are clearly operating in some falsehood. These verses tell us that Jesus is not unaware. I’m convinced that in His mercy He blesses in spite of not because of.
The Bible tells us that ‘delusion‘ of the highest form is possible in service to God. Not only are we to be on guard against everything that does not line up with sound doctrine but as Paul admonished the Corinthians , “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day ‘many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do may mighty works in your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23)