#23 The Kingdom and the King
Posted: Monday, March 6th, 2017Print
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Matthew 7:21 AMPC
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
I was asked a question about my recent devotion, “Your Eternal Destiny Pivots on Surrender,” and I’d like to address it here because it’s a valid one.
The question: “I did wonder this morning why you qualified those as ‘going to heaven’ when the scripture to you began with said they would not. I was curious where that came from.”
I spent much time in this passage of Matthew 7, and I came to the conclusion that Jesus was addressing believers. They call Him ‘Lord, Lord’ and they manifested the gifts of the Spirit, which God gives and does not withdraw. The gifts of the Spirit are a real exposure of obedience (Romans 11:29 – For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable).
Also, the kingdom of heaven refers to the reign of God on earth, both now and in the millennium. I believe Jesus is saying that those who “minister” apart from His will cannot enter the kingdom, either now or when the Lord rules the earth. The kingdom is coming under the King, and no one who does not obey can possibly see or experience the kingdom.
“I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”
A friend, who is a known Bible scholar and an expert in the original languages, affirmed these beliefs as his own conclusions from studying the Greek. I guess it doesn’t matter either way, does it? As another person wrote to me, “I would be horrified to hear these words from my Lord.”
And that is the real issue of the passage.