The Most Terrifying Words in the Bible

The most terrifying words are: “I never knew you,” found in Matthew 7:23.

Giving more of the context, the passage Matthew 7:21-23 says:

Mat 7:21Not 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.

 Mat 7:22Many 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?


Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The most important question to ask must therefore be: Does Jesus know me?

For Jesus to know us, we must truly know Him.

Jesus had something to say about that:

Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.   

It ought to be most clear: for Him to know us, we MUST know Him!

Jesus once told some in his audience,

Joh 10:26  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.   

Those who do not truly believe in Him are not of His sheep. Those are the ones Jesus said he would tell the terrifying words: I never knew you.

Jesus explained how to know who are His sheep:

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:   

In the original Greek language of the New Testament the verbs “hear” and “follow” are in the present tense. In terms of Greek grammar, the “aspect” of these verbs indicates that what Jesus said is that His sheep keep on hearing and keep on following Him.

The best way, perhaps the only way, to keep on hearing Jesus is to keep on reading your Bible!

More than just reading the Bible, we need to actually study the Bible by doing real Bible study independently for ourselves.

More about how to do that soon!

Feel free to post a comment related to the content of this blog, or ask a question about the Bible. I will be pleased to answer any Bible questions you may have.

Tell others about this blog. It may be plain, it may be brief, but its subject is the most important subject in the world.

You really don’t want the most terrifying words in the Bible to be addressed by Jesus to you!

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11 Responses to The Most Terrifying Words in the Bible

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    I’ve been doing so much Bible study myself lately that I was unable to take time to post anything to this blog for the month of April.

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  6. ken sagely says:

    your insights were real encouraging pro 14/12 says the way of man is not in himself,jer 17/9 the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked brings home the fact that the great need of the word of god to keep us on the right track!

  7. Min Roy Lunsford. says:

    Thank you for the most important subject in the Bible. You really don’t want to the most terrifying words in the bible addressed to you by Jesus Christ. Amen.

  8. Jerry says:

    Dear Roy,

    Thank you for visiting this Real Bible Study website and for leaving a comment.

    I trust you will visit again. There is much here to read and learn about the Bible and how to study it.

  9. Richard Miller says:

    Thank you for your Bible comment regarding Matthew 7: 21 – 23. One thing, I note from the passage is that all of the individuals seem to be doing something that appears to be legitimate activity. The key is: appears to be doing legitimate work. My thought is that these people never really have come to Christ and trusted Him alone for their salvation and relationship. It is very likely that they are trusting in their own righteousness and works.

    I am very certain He is not talking about persons who sincerely come to Him for salvation and new relationship. Consider the two men praying in Luke 18: 9 – 14. or the following passages John 5: 17 – 47 and John 6: 22 – 71.

    We know we have no other source of help. God is our salvation. He always has our best interest at heart. Only Jesus can make me or anyone else right. See Philippians 3: 9, Titus 3: 5 and Philippians 1: 6 for help. In addition look for God’s work or involvement in your life : See Psalms 27: 13 Ask God to intervene and work in your life. Look expectantly. God is on our side.

    The story of the prodigal son is right. The Father loves us that much. Love you, Richard Miller, a person who will always need God’s help and intervention.

  10. Richard Miller says:

    Thank you, Jerome for putting up this site. Good thing!

  11. Jerry says:

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for visiting and posting here. I hope you will visit again and feel most free to add your comments.

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