21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Note that these 'Christians' are many and they have been prophesying, casting out demons, and doing many wonders in the name of Jesus Christ, so we are not talking about nominal Christians here but committed zealous 'Christians'. Yet shockingly, Jesus Christ will not recognise them as true believers because they had not believed in the will of the Father. They still practise lawlessness, which means that they are not yet saved and they wear the filthy garments of their own self-righteousness. (Matthew 22:11)
How can this be? Jesus Christ Himself gave power to His disciples to cast out unclean spirits and heal the sick. (Matthew 10:1) There is no doubt that a number of gifts, including gifts of healing and working of miracles, are given to individual members in the body of Christ as God determines. (1 Corinthians 12: 27-31)
However, the question still remains: 'Is it possible to do miracles and wonders in the name of Jesus Christ and yet fail to do the will of the Father?' The obvious answer has to be yes because the name of Jesus Christ is the most powerful name in the Universe and many things happen in His name, and demonic powers tremble at His name. Note that Jesus does not deny that these 'Christians' are prophesying, casting out demons and doing many wonders in His name. However, Jesus does not accept this as true evidence of them being saved Christians. The only true evidence of a saved, born again, Christian acceptable to Jesus Christ is that a person does the will of the Father.
Therefore, it becomes extremely important to understand exactly what Jesus means by the will of the Father in the scripture Matthew 7:21-23 quoted previously. We know that nothing happens in the Universe outside of the will of God. Even when a sparrow falls to the ground, it is because of the will of God. (Matthew 10:29) It is clearly the will of the Father in Salvation, which Jesus Christ refers to in Matthew 7:21-23, because Jesus says that only those who do the will of the Father can enter the Kingdom of God.
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