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Make Your Election Sure

Dernière mise à jour : 8 mai 2023

Matthew 7:21-23 “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. 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?" And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"

Food for thought #1: "UNBELIEVERS" do not prophesy, cast out demons, heal the sick or perform signs, miracles and wonders in Jesus' Name nor by His Spirit.

Food for thought #2: But didn't Jesus Himself instruct us----->And as you go, preach, saying, "the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give?" (Matthew 10:7-8).......Isn't that the will of our Father? Jesus said not everyone will enter the kingdom of heaven, "but he who does the will of His Father in heaven."

Is Jesus confused????

Food for thought #3: In that day, Jesus will say...."I never knew you, depart from Me." On what day is that?

We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad,

2 Corinthians 5:10.

This warning of Jesus applies to people who say “Lord, Lord,” yet their talk does not match their walk. They can do all the things Jesus commanded them to do, yet live like the devil......Look at the lives of the Pharisees and look at Judas who spent 3 years with Jesus, casting out demons, healing the sick and preaching the Gospel and spoke like a "believer," but Jesus said he was a devil, (John 6:70)!

We can preach, prophecy, cast out demons and do many signs and wonders, but none of this means anything without true fellowship, without true intimacy, without truly knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son whom He sent, (John 17:3).

“If preaching could save a man, Judas would not have been damned. In the end, he was driven by money, not by love for Jesus. We know this from John 12:6. He's called a thief. He was excluded at the end of all that time with Jesus. If prophesying could save a man, Balaam would not have been a castaway.

What a horrific thing to hear from our Lord and Savior...."Depart from Me, I never knew you!" The apostle Paul in Galatians 4:9 talks about "coming to know God or rather to be known by God." So being known by God is expressing the initiative that God has taken to enable us to know Him. The same applies in 1 Corinthians 8:3, "If anyone loves God, he is known by God." WOW! This means that being known by God is the precondition and enabling of how you come to love God. So loving God is evidence that you are known by God, that is chosen by God as it states in John 15:16, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you."

In the parable of the virgins, when the door was shut and the foolish virgins begged Him to be let in, Jesus responded, "Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you, watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming, "Matthew 25:11-13.

We are called to stay alert spiritually. We are called to be partakers of His divine nature, (2 Peter 1:4). We are called to add to our faith---->virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. If we do these things, we will abound in every good work and will not be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ! Declare His Name, His Greatness, His Glory, His Goodness, and His Love to a dieing world. Do not slip into a greater love for the world because if we do, "He will not know us."

As the Spirit of God through the apostle Peter said.........👇

"Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your "CALL AND ELECTION SURE," for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," 2 Peter 1:10-11.

God Bless You!

Sonia McQueen

Teachings from Talmidim Christian Center Teaching Series

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