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!
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