Monday, January 4, 2021

Daily Devotional-Matthew 7:21-23

"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’"-Matthew 7:21-23

This passage of scripture is not referring to Believers whose theology you don't agree with. It is actually referring to people who do not have the Holy Spirit residing on the inside of them.

In verse 23, Jesus says, "I never knew you..." That word "knew" is the Greek word "ginóskó." It means know through personal experience; to come to know, recognize, perceive. It is used 222 times in the New Testament.

It is used when Mary says, "How will this be, since I do not know a man?" It is also used in Ephesians 3:19 where it says "to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

It speaks of intimacy and connectedness. The people in the above verse were not connected to Jesus. They did not know him. They were never born again.

If you are born again, and have received the Spirit of God, you know and are connected to Jesus, so that passage does not apply to you.

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