How would you feel if you find yourself in such a following situation?
He is the one I know very well and love the most like my life. I went to the place of our appointment and greeted him very nicely. However, his response was cold. He even said, “I don’t know you.”
You will surely feel embarrassed and might be terribly disappointed by his response.
What if the one who didn’t recognize you is “God”? You surely will not want to imagine that. Unfortunately however, it’s not just an imagination. It must happen to someone in reality.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is 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. Away from me, you evildoers [you workers of lawlessness: ESV]!’ (Matthew 7:21-23
It’s the word of Jesus in front of the door of the kingdom of heaven. To whom will He say, “I never knew you. Away from me”? To those who did not know God? No. Jesus will say to those who had special faith and loved Jesus, so as to say “Lord, Lord” and to act as the prophets who prophesied in the name of Jesus and performed many miracles.
Why will Jesus ignore and expel people with such faith from the kingdom of heaven?
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:3-6)
Faith starts from knowing God. Believing in God without knowing Him is no more than blind faith. Those who do not obey His commands neither have faith nor know God. The God who is in the Bible acknowledges that we are His children if we observe God’s commandments such as the Sabbath and the Passover. However, many people follow man-made commandments such as Sunday, Christmas and cross-idolatry. Which God do they believe in? The God believed by such people is another God not found in the Bible.
We are walking the path of faith with an expectation of a joyful meeting with God.
If you wish to be welcomed by God someday, you must seek “God in the Bible.”