You may be fighting hard everyday in a powerful ministry in the name of Christ, but… does Jesus really know you personally and intimately through a relationship?
“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 in Your name perform many miracles?’
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’”
~ Matthew 7:22-23
Having correct Biblical doctrine is important; preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is important; deliverance for the demonized in the name of Jesus is important; accomplishing miracles in the name of Jesus is important. But these activities, regardless of how many people have been ministered to, are not the key to having our name entered into the Book of Life.
It is possible to correctly know all the doctrines of scripture, being able to refute everyone else in debate; it is possible to have a systematic theology that is bullet-proof and is worthy of publishing in a best seller edition; it is possible to be an articulate, effective, and popular preacher with large audiences; it is possible to be using the Word and the Name of Jesus to bring deliverance to those who are demonized in various ways and to varying degrees; it is possible to know the mysteries of faith for working signs, wonders, and miracles in the Name of Jesus.
It is possible to be accomplishing all of these things for the sake of Christ and His gospel, and yet not be known by Him. When Jesus says, “I never knew you,” He is not denying His omniscience (the trait of knowing all things). He is instead speaking about the “knew you” that comes only through a relational experience that is personal and intimate.
Knowing about Christ is not the same as personally knowing Christ. Even the demons know about Christ: “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that, and shudder.” (James 2:19)
We cannot buy a replacement for our personal relationship with Christ by doing great exploits in ministry. Besides, who in their right mind wouldn’t want the privilege of having a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Himself? Perhaps the answer to that question is those who are wrong-headed.
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