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How is Matthew 7:21-23 perverted by the self-righteous to justify works of the Law as righteousness?

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Man's perversion of Matthew 7:21-23 to justify self-righteousness through Law...

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [s]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB)

You err in your interpretation of Matthew 7:21-23. Jesus, in this discourse, is approached by those who cite their worthiness via their good works done in the Name of our Lord yet Jesus rejects them and tells them He never knew can this be?

These people, in their self-righteousness, relied upon their works to please the Father and earn their own way into the Kingdom and Jesus plainly tells them that they NEVER entered into covenant relationship with Him or the Father by faith as they never relented to the Father's will; that is, "to believe in the One He has sent into the World" to provide blood atonement for sin (John 6:29); therefore, Jesus said I don't know you...depart from me you who work iniquity.

Those works that are done apart from covenant relationship by faith in Jesus are equated by the Father as filthy rags (a bloody menstrual cloth in the Hebrew)...they mean NOTHING (Isaiah 64:6) until such time an individual trusts in Jesus and establishes covenant relationship and receives the indwelling Holy Spirit and ONLY those works done by and through the Spirit please the Father and validate one's faith as legitimate. It is by faith, alone, in Jesus, alone, that the Father is pleased (1 John 2:23).

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  • pamelajohnson1pamelajohnson1 113 Pts   -  
    This is what those verses mean to me:  I went to church faithfully, and though that I was so Holy about 22 years ago. The whole time I was going, I felt like something was wrong. I was watching an apostle on tv, he said we need to come out of the church.  I didn't like that. I kept going until finally I decided to stop going. I started to study the bible on my own, then I learned different things that I didn't in the church.  I continued to learn and then I backslid. My son started to learn about Jesus and put me to shame, So I repented.  Then I learned how to die and be born again.  Then I started to fear God.  When I did that, things got serious.  Now I am definitely on the right track.  So what this scripture means to me is that many people think that they are saved, but they are not.  I thought that I was saved, but I was not. They are just religious. When they are in that state they are still sinning, and believe that everybody sin, and that is why we are under grace.  We can stop sinning.  @RickeyD
  • RickeyDRickeyD 770 Pts   -  
    @pamelajohnson1 ; The one "born again" by the Spirit receives a new-nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) and the anointing of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27) to live a life pleasing to the Father (Galatians 5:15) but as long as we're in the body of death tainted by our earthly father's sin-nature (Romans 5:12), we remain sinners in word, thought, deed, (Romans 7:14-25) but the redeemed approach sin with a wholly different perspective than the World...the redeemed loathe sin and make every attempt to shun it, avoid it, walk away from it...but we do fail from time to time...this is where our Lord's grace comes into play and His mercy through covenant promise (Hebrews 8:12) as the Spirit secures us, sanctifies us, loves us and methodically prepares us for service in the Kingdom subsequent to death of the body in Time (Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:16). The Christian is not everything they should be in this fallen World but they're NOT what they used to be and their future is secure in the hands of our Lord Jesus as the World is being consumed in iniquity and in the future, fire (John 10:28-30).

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