Scripture Reading: John 10:14-31
Not every one 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 thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [lawlessness].
Saith Lord, Lord—that makes a mere profession of Christ or Christianity. Me—Christ is setting Himself up as the judge.
Prophesied—spoken forth, written and spoken, communicated. Thy name—done for Him, claimed to be done in His power. Wonderful works—miracles.
I never knew—not whether you think you know God, but whether God knows you.
--Serving is not as fun as getting attention for doing big time impressive things, yet this is what following Christ entails.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Your claim to know God is judged by what you do. You will depart from iniquity or you will depart from Christ. If you call Christ Lord, then sin doesn’t fit.
Matthew 7:24-27 is about whether you do what Jesus Christ says. It’s not what you think you’re doing for Him, but whether you do what He said to do.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
I know not whence you are—don’t know whose house you’re from, I know you’re not frommine! Presence, our streets—geographical proximity to God stuff does not save. Many think their presence around church means they are saved.
--John 4 woman at the well, not the location of worship, but whether in Spirit and in truth. Any internal evidence of fellowship, or just bodily proximity?
John 13:12-17—after washing disciple’s feet
So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do [according] as I have done to you.16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Master—teacher, they learn from Him. Lord—they obey Him. They are students and servants. Ought—owe as a debt. Washing feet—typified as humble service, not religious ritual or ostentatious ceremony.
If the Lord does this, how much more the servants? Happy, do—blessed, fortunate if you are in a place where you can do this.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Grace has appeared to all men. It is available to all. Grace does not stop at salvation; grace goes on to teach you how to live here.
Hope--Another mention of hope,
Titus 1:1,2, “according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life” Hope and godliness go together. No hope? Then odds are you have no godliness. Godliness rarely pays off here.
Peculiar people—a special people, particularly belongs to Him.
Zealous—they have an sincere, energetic desire to do good.
Speak—This is to be the substance of the message taught in church! Have a good doctrine that leads to a life that backs up that doctrine.